Flyers Look To Right Ship In Long Island
The Philadelphia Flyers (11-6-3), losers of two straight hope to see their luck change tonight when they head to New York to take on the struggling New York Islanders (5-10-3).
Both teams bring losing streaks into tonight's matchup.
The Islanders are 2-6-2 in their last ten and are coming off back-to-back humiliating shutout losses to the Boston Bruins (6-0) on Saturday and the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-0) on Sunday.
The Islanders have not scored a goal since scoring four in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens three games ago.
This will be the first of six meetings between these two teams.
The Flyers took all six meetings last season, three of which were decided by a single goal. The team has won 24 of the last 26 matchups, outscoring the Islanders 95-53 during that span.
With just five wins the Islanders sit at 29th in the league and have struggled to find the back of the net this season as they rank dead last in scoring, averaging 1.94 goals per game.
Despite scoring just two goals against the Hurricanes, the Flyers still lead the league in goals per game, averaging 3.65.
Not only are the Islanders having trouble scoring goals they also are having issues keeping the puck out of their own net, surrendering 3.33 goals per game.
Even though the Islanders are struggling, the Flyers will have to keep an eye on Jonathan Tavares as he has had success against the Flyers since he broke into the league a couple seasons ago. He currently leads the Islanders in goals (8) and points (16).
The Flyers may get back the services of Jaromir Jagr tonight as he seems to have recovered from his groin issue.
This is bad news for the Islanders as Jagr has 146 regular and postseason points for his career versus the Isles who recently surrendered four points to Sydney Crosby in his first game back to action.
The Islanders will also have their hands full with Matt Read who has been having a fantastic start to his rookie season. He has netted 6 goals in his last five games giving him 9 goals on the season, second to only Claude Giroux (11).
Read is a natural goal scorer who can pick the corners and has a knack for getting open and finding the loose puck.
Keep In Check
Penalties - Need to play more disciplined/responsible
Face-Offs - Need to win more; currently 29th at 45.9%
Forecheck - Relentless puck pressure causing more turnovers
Step Up Players
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