New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00pm ET
Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center — MSG+
Tonight the Islanders face off with the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Flyers are a team that’s been struggling and one the Islanders will see twice more before the year is over. But as bad as the Flyers have been this year — 14th in the East with a 13-17-2 record — they’ve owned the Islanders in recent years. Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, the Flyers hold a 29-3-1 record against the Islanders, which is just ridiculous. Two of those Islander wins came last season in Philly, breaking a long streak of losses in the City of Brotherly Love; 13 in a row between October 2007 and April 2011.
For the Flyers, they’re middle of the pack in scoring, as they’re 17th in the NHL in goals per game. The problem is that isn’t a good thing when your defense and goaltender are bad. The Flyers are 26th in the league in Team GAA and Team Save Percentage — a couple spots ahead of the Islanders in both categories by the way. Ilya Bryzgalov hasn’t been great. He’s started the vast majority of the team’s games (30) and has a save percentage just under .900 to show for it (.898). This is also a defense that sports ex-Isle Bruno Gervais for 29 games, with a -11 rating, and has been missing Andrej Meszaros for much of the year with a shoulder injury.
As for the Islanders, we’ll update this post when lineups and starting goalie are announced but chances are it’ll be Nabokov again with the same lineup. Things don’t change much around here after a win.
Update: Nabokov to start, Boulton in for Reasoner.
Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
Bailey – Nielsen – Okposo
Grabner – Aucoin – McDonald
Martin – Cizikas – Boulton
Hamonic – MacDonald
Streit – Carkner
Hickey – Visnovsky
Martinek, Reasoner, Finley