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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW...
FLYERS (11-6-3) at ISLANDERS (5-10-3)
1. SEASON SERIES
The Flyers won all six games against the Islanders last season, marking just the third time in the history of the two franchises that the Flyers have done so. Their last loss to the Islanders was April 1, 2010 here at Nassau Coliseum. The Flyers are 24-2 in their last 26 games against the Isles dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.
2. BACK OF THE NET TROUBLE
The Isles have gone 141:45 without a goal. The club record is 186:31, set in 2006-07.The Isles have been outscored 14-1 in the third period over the last seven games (including three empty net goals against). The Islanders have been outscored 25-8 overall in the third period.
3. STOP THE BLEEDING
The Flyers will look to avoid losing their third straight game tonight, having dropped their previous two contests. They have only had two-straight games with a loss twice this season and have been able to bounce back the next game in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponent, 9 to 3.
4. Player to watch FLYERS: Matt Read
Read will be looking to extend his goal-scoring streak to six games. In his last five, Read has posted six goals for a total of nine tallies to lead all rookies in the NHL.
5. Players to watch ISLANDERS: John Tavares
The No. 1 pick from a few seasons ago leads the Isles in scoring with eight goals and 16 points. He has not found the back of the net in his last seven games and is poised to break out of that slump any day.
Last 10:- Philadelphia 6-2-2; New York 2-6-2
Season series: This is the first of six games between the Atlantic Division rivals. Philadelphia swept the six-game series last season, capped by a 7-4 home victory that closed the regular season and clinched the Atlantic Division title for the Flyers. Three of the games were one-goal affairs, while three others were decided by at least three goals.
Big Story: Both teams are hoping to snap a losing skid to make for a happy holiday. The Flyers have lost two straight, while the Isles have just one win in their last seven and have been shut out 6-0 by Boston and 5-0 at Pittburgh in their last two games.
Flyers: Philadelphia could get one of its two hurting veteran leaders back for this one. Defenseman and team captain Chris Pronger remains day to day due to a virus and did not make the trip to Long Island with his teammates on Tuesday, but forward Jaromir Jagr, who has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury believed to be a groin strain, practiced with the team Tuesday and said he would decide Wednesday if he would be healthy enough to play. He credited acupuncture for helping him heal quicker.
"Today we had some game drills and it didn't bother me," Jagr told reporters. "I didn't go 100 percent. I don't want to do anything stupid and not be able to skate (Wednesday). And I have an extra 1.5 days to heal it. After four or five days it moves kind of quick."
Islanders: While most eyes were focused on Sidney Crosby's return to the NHL from a 10-month, concussion-induced hiatus, Islanders coach Jack Capuano was watching his own players, and despite the 5-0 loss Monday, he found at least one positive -- the NHL debut of David Ullstrom.
A 2008 fourth-round pick, Ullstrom had two shots, four hits and won two of three faceoffs in 13:30 of ice time spread across 18 shifts. At the time of his recall, Ullstrom was tied for the American Hockey League lead with 12 goals.
After the game, Capuano singled out Ullstrom for a strong effort.
"We had some guys (Monday) that gave a good effort," Capuano told the team's website. "I liked the effort from David Ullstrom and Matty Martin, they had close to 15 hits between just the two guys, so I was real pleased with David's game tonight and his effort."
Who's Hot: Islanders star center John Tavares hasn't scored a point in his last two games, but seeing the Flyers could fix that. He's scoring at a point-per-game clip in five games against Atlantic Division foes, and has nine points in 12 career games against Philadelphia. … Flyers rookie forward Matt Read extended his goal-scoring streak to five games by scoring Monday against Carolina. It's the longest goal-scoring streak by a Philadelphia rookie since Mikael Renberg had a goal in six straight during the 1993-94 season.
Injury Report: Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn is day to day with a lower-body injury, which CSNPhilly.com is reporting to be bruised kidneys. Coburn skated with the team and took light contact, but his status for Wednesday is unknown. … The Islanders will be without defenseman Mark Eaton for up to six weeks due to a sprained knee ligament sustained on Monday. Also out are goalies Al Montoya (hamstring) and Evgeni Nabokov (groin).
Stat Pack: The Flyers have won six in a row and 21 of the last 22 meetings between the teams, dating to Feb. 12, 2008. Philadelphia also has won 10 of its last 11 visits at Nassau Coliseum, dating to that same game in the 2007-08 season.
Puck Drop: At age 39, Jaromir Jagr knows his days in the NHL are numbered, so missing time for any reason is not something he enjoys.
Jagr has a history of being durable, having played all 82 games in each of his three previous NHL seasons, and he told CSNPhilly.com that it's been about seven years since he's missed a game due to injury.
Missing a game, he said, "At my age, is like losing one year of your life."
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