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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Tonight is the tenth game of the year and fifth game at home for the Flyers, who are 1-2-1 at the Wachovia Center... Scott Hartnell led the Flyers with seven goals and two assists over the Islanders last season, while Martin Biron went a perfect 6-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .952 save percentage last season... The Flyers also scored 14 of their 29 goals on the power play against the Islanders, going 14-for-32 on the man advantage last season (43.8 percent)... The Flyers enter tonight's game having won three consecutive games, outscoring their opponent 16 to 5 in that span... The Flyers recorded their first win of the year with a 6-3 win in New Jersey on Friday...It also marked the first Flyers' win in their last 13 trips to Newark, New Jersey, going 1-9-3 in that span... Mike Richards recorded four assists, a new career high in the victory... The Flyers have scored a shorthanded goal in three of their last five games and are tied for the League lead (San Jose) with four shorthanded tallies... The Flyers have scored 14 of their 29 goals this season in the second period and have scored at least one goal in the second period in every game this season... Jeff Carter has scored a goal in six of his last seven contests, including four straight games, while Simon Gagne has a recorded at least a point in six of his last seven games... Carter is tied for the League lead with two shorthanded goals.
Kimmo Timonen and the Flyers will face the Islanders for the first of six games tonight. (Getty Images)

Lifetime vs. NY Islanders
This is the first of six meetings this year against the New York Islanders… The Flyers went 7-1-0 against The Islanders in 2007-08, including a perfect 4-0-0 on home ice, outscoring them 14-5… The Flyers own an impressive 103-84-26-4 all-time record against the Islanders, including a 62-32-11-2 mark on the road.

Last Meeting
March 29: FLYERS 4, NY Islanders 3 in a shootout at Nassau Coliseum: The Flyers recorded a season-high 54 shots and Danny Briere scored a power play goal, and the only goal in the shootout to give the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Islanders. The Flyers battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits as Mike Richards scored a goal at 15:38 of the third period to tie the score at 3-3 and force overtime. Antero Niittymaki stopped 27 of 30 shots, including five shots in overtime that saw two Islanders' power plays to force a shootout. Stars of the Game: 1st: Danny Briere; 2nd: Wade Dubielewicz; 3rd: Mike Richards.

Danny Briere (C): Missed last three games with a slight tear in his reptus abdominis... Out 3-4 weeks.
Derian Hatcher (D): Missed the last nine games... Out Indefinitely
Ryan Parent (D): Missed the last nine games... Out Indefinitely
Randy Jones (D): Missed the last nine games... Out Indefinitely
Darroll Powe (C): Left in second period last game... Is listed as Day-to-Day

Recent Transactions
October 30 - Flyers recalled forward Steve Downie from the Philadephia Phantoms.
October 26 - Flyers reassigned forward Jared Ross to the Philadelphia Phantoms.
October 23 - Flyers recalled forwards Darroll Powe and Jared Ross from the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Flyers Record Against

The Flyers are 1-2-1 at the Wachovia Center and 2-1-2 on the road this season. Philadelphia has a 2-1-1 record in the Atlantic Division, a 3-2-1 record against the Eastern Conference and a 0-1-2 record against Western Conference opponents.

Goals For/Against
The Flyers have scored 35 goals this season, averaging 3.88 goals per game. They have allowed 33 goals against this season (3.57 GAA).

Special Teams
Power Play - Philadelphia has scored 10 goals on 44 power-play attempts (22.7%)... They have gone 4-for-20 (20%) at home and 6-for-24 (25.0%) in on the road thus far... Penalty Kill - The Flyers successfully killed 41 of 51 power plays against this season (80.4%) , including 16 of 20 attempts at home (80%) and 25 of 31 attempts on the road (80.6%)... The Flyers are tied for the League lead (with San Jose) with five shorthanded goals this year, including a shorthanded penalty shot goal scored by Simon Gagne on Oct. 16 at Colorado.

The Flyers have a 1-2 record in two games that were decided in overtime this season. The Flyers have a 0-1 record in one game that was decided in a shootout this season.

Mike Knuble - Needs two assists to reach 200 in the NHL.

(AP) - After struggling to stop opponents from scoring in the early part of the season, the Philadelphia Flyers have shored up their defense. That's not good news for the offensively inept New York Islanders.

Philadelphia tries to extend its winning streak to four games and hand visiting New York its fifth straight loss when the Atlantic Division rivals meet for the first time this season on Thursday.

The Flyers had no trouble scoring in their first six games of the season, registering 20 goals over that span, but they allowed 29 in getting off to an 0-3-3 start.

Since that rough stretch, though, Philadelphia has continued its high-scoring ways and gotten better at preventing teams from finding the back of the net.

The Flyers have won three straight, outscoring opponents 16-5 to improve to 3-3-3. They set a season high in goals and recorded their first shutout of 2008-09 on Tuesday in a 7-0 victory at Atlanta.

Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Joffrey Lupul each scored twice and Antero Niittymaki stopped 24 shots in his fourth career shutout for Philadelphia, which reached the Eastern Conference finals last spring.

"After the success we had last season, maybe we thought it would be easy this season," said Gagne, who also had two assists. "It's tough to get two points. Now I think we're back the way we played last season."

Knuble has four goals in the last three games and seven points in his last five.

"We got a great result," he said. "We scored every which way. These are treats."

New York (2-6-0) is having trouble scoring in any way.

The Islanders are near the bottom of the NHL with 19 goals and own the fewest points in the league. They suffered their fourth straight loss on Monday night, 4-2 to the division-leading New York Rangers.

The Islanders again played without goaltender Rick DiPietro, who sat out with a lower body injury. DiPietro had surgery on his knee and hip during the offseason and has appeared in only three games thus far, going 0-2-0 with a 3.91 goals-against average.

Joey MacDonald (3.54 GAA) has appeared in six games for the Islanders, who have been decimated by injuries to their defensemen and are also among the league leaders in goals allowed (29).

Brendan Witt and Radek Martinek are a few weeks away from returning, while Freddy Meyer is listed as day-to-day with an abdominal injury.

"It's a little disappointing," MacDonald said. "The bounces aren't going our way right now. Eventually, they'll turn our way."

New York will get some help on the blue line Thursday as Andy Sutton is expected to make his season debut following hand surgery. Sutton appeared in 58 games last season and was second on the team with 86 penalty minutes.

Philadelphia won seven of the eight meetings between these teams in 2007-08, including all four at home. The Islanders were outscored 14-5 at the Wachovia Center and 30-16 overall in the season series.

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 11 '09 PHI 3 at NYI 2 S. Gagne
Mar 28 '09 PHI 4 at NYI 3 - SO M. Richards
Feb 14 '09 NYI 1 at PHI 5 S. Hartnell
Dec 09 '08 NYI 3 at PHI 4 S. Gagne
Nov 11 '08 PHI 3 at NYI 1 M. Richards
Oct 30 '08 NYI 2 at PHI 3 - OT J. Carter
M. Streit9358-3820
D. Weight9268+1620
B. Guerin9336+01410
T. Hunter9415-4611
M. Comrie9235-2800
A. Hilbert9224-3200
B. Gervais9044-5200
S. Bergenheim9213-12901
K. Okposo9123-4400
R. Park9033-3600
F. Meyer7112-11000
F. Nielsen9022-4200
J. Sim9101+0800
T. Pock8011-1400
J. Tambellini8011-4400
A. Sutton1011+0400
N. Thompson9000-22700
B. Witt6000-11700
J. Hillen6000-3600
C. Campoli4000-1000
R. Martinek2000+1200
B. Skinner2000+1000
M. Fritz1000+0200
J. MacDonald72-4-1232093.42.890
R. DiPietro30-2-09773.91.883
M. Richards104913+21320
S. Gagne97512+6420
J. Carter108311+2412
M. Knuble10549+3820
S. Hartnell10437+21501
D. Briere6347-3410
J. Lupul10516+2711
B. Coburn10145+51800
G. Metropolit9145+2210
O. Vaananen10055+1800
L. Sbisa10055-21200
S. Upshall10134-11210
K. Timonen10044+3800
S. Eminger10022+0800
A. Nodl5011-2000
A. Asham10000-11700
R. Cote10000-13600
A. Alberts8000+21500
S. Downie5000-2900
D. Powe3000+0000
L. Kukkonen3000-2000
J. Ross2000-1200
M. Biron73-3-1221873.58.882
A. Niittymaki51-0-2121252.89.904
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