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Flyers go for fourth straight home win vs. Isles

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers go for fourth straight home win vs. Isles
New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
FLYERS (27-13-4--58pts) vs. ISLANDERS (17-21-6--40pts)


1. HAVING THEIR NUMBER
The Flyers have won both meetings against the Islanders this season; dating back to last year, the Flyers have won the last eight meetings and following the 2006-07 season, the Flyers have won 26 of 28 meetings against the New York Islanders.

2. BOB TO START
Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start tonight in net and it couldn't have come against a better opponent… Bob is a perfect 7-0-0 against the Islanders with a 1.86 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in his career.

3. CLOSE CALLS
If the percentages play out, tonight's game has a good chance of being a close game because five of their last eight games against the Islanders have been decided by one goal, including their only two meetings this year… For the Flyers, three of their last four home games have also been decided by one goal.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Sean Couturier
As long as Sean Couturier keeps his five-game goal-scoring streak alive, we're going to keep listing him as the Flyers player to watch… What's perhaps even more impressive is that the goals matter - three of the five goals have been game-winners for the Flyers… In the last nine games for the Flyers, Couturier has recorded at least a point in seven of those contests, posting five goals and eight points.

5. Player to watch ISLANDERS: John Tavares
If there's one person hotter than Couturier entering tonight's game it's Tavares, who owns a 10-game point streak for the Islanders… During that streak he has recorded five multi-point games and overall has six goals and 11 assists for 17 points.


GAME PREVIEW


The Philadelphia Flyers have been playing well since hosting and losing the Winter Classic, especially at home. A visit from the New York Islanders on Thursday night doesn't figure to stop that momentum.

Philadelphia looks for its 27th victory in 29 meetings with New York as it tries to extend its winning streak to a season-best four at home, where it has defeated the Islanders 13 straight times.

The Flyers improved to 26-2-0 against New York since the beginning of the 2007-08 season with a 3-2 victory on Long Island last Thursday. Philadelphia (27-13-4) has won all eight meetings since the start of 2010-11.

New York's last win in Philadelphia was 4-2 on April 7, 2007, and the Islanders (17-21-6) have been outscored 54-24 during their 13-game skid there.

"I don't know what it is, we just have their number," said left wing Scott Hartnell, who has three goals and an assist in his last three matchups with New York. "It's hard to explain that kind of dominance."

Ilya Bryzgalov has started the last two games for Philadelphia, but Sergei Bobrovsky will most likely be in net Thursday since he's 7-0-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average in eight appearances versus the Islanders.

He's beaten them twice this season, coming on in relief of Bryzgalov and stopping all 23 shots he faced in a 4-3 overtime win Nov. 23 and making 33 saves last week.

Philadelphia began a stretch of playing 11 of 15 games at home with a 5-1 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. The Flyers are 5-2-0 since falling 3-2 to the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2.

The Flyers, tied for the NHL lead with 16 road wins, have won nine of 13 on their own ice after dropping four of their first six in Philadelphia.

"It's always nice to see the schedule and know that you'll be able to sleep in your home bed more than a couple days at a time," said Hartnell, who scored for the second time in three games Tuesday.

"These games are huge and we love playing at the Wells Fargo Center. We have to get our confidence up here at home, play hard and play Flyers hockey."

The last-place Islanders have been a victim of Flyers hockey over the past few seasons, but they enter this matchup with some confidence after ending a lengthy road drought against another opponent Tuesday.

New York hadn't won in regulation in seven visits to Washington before posting a 3-0 victory behind the first two-goal game of P.A. Parenteau's career.

"We know we're playing for our season right now, being 10 points back of a playoff spot," Parenteau said. "This is a big stretch for us and I think all the boys in this locker room are aware of that. That's why we came out swinging tonight and were ready to go. We know if we want to stay in the hunt we have to put some wins together."

John Tavares also scored for New York, giving him six goals and 11 assists during a career-best 10-game point streak. Tavares, who leads the Islanders with 44 points, has five goals and five assists in 14 games against Philadelphia.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 15 '12PHI 3 at NYI 2S. Hartnell
Mar 01 '12NYI 3 at PHI 6M. Read
Feb 07 '12NYI 1 at PHI 0 - SOF. Nielsen
Jan 19 '12NYI 4 at PHI 1J. Bailey
Jan 12 '12PHI 3 at NYI 2S. Couturier
Nov 23 '11PHI 4 at NYI 3 - OTD. Briere
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Tavares45172946+01464
M. Moulson45222143+10674
P. Parenteau4593241-33941
M. Streit4532225-172820
K. Okposo42111223-111420
F. Nielsen4571522-5231
M. Grabner4414721-121012
J. Bailey454812-91411
M. Martin455611-106701
T. Hamonic4511011+15100
B. Rolston38448-10401
A. MacDonald38336-41410
S. Staios36066-113900
M. Jurcina36235-192020
M. Reasoner35055-161800
D. Ullstrom14224+1000
D. Reese11112-21100
M. Eaton30022-6400
M. Mottau28022-91500
J. Pandolfo28101-9400
N. Niederreiter22101-15800
T. Wallace21011-5600
B. Comeau16000-11600
M. Haley7000+02800
T. Gillies3000-1000
C. de Haan1000+1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
E. Nabokov229-11-0485732.42.916
A. Montoya176-5-3394702.46.917
R. DiPietro83-2-3221773.73.876
K. Poulin20-2-06613.10.902
A. Nilsson20-1-08534.85.849
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Giroux41183250-12355
S. Hartnell45201939+176593
J. Jagr39122234+81451
M. Read42141630+12233
D. Briere42131730+24322
J. Voracek4572027+51802
K. Timonen4522527+112820
W. Simmonds45121123-25353
M. Carle4541923+22230
J. van Riemsdyk37111122-12221
M. Talbot45101020+03001
S. Couturier4110818+141003
A. Meszaros4561117+53012
B. Coburn4421012+13600
C. Pronger1311112+11010
H. Zolnierczyk32325-112800
Z. Rinaldo35145-612200
B. Schenn17224-6600
M. Bourdon26213+03001
A. Lilja30033+32000
J. Shelley16011-41700
A. Nodl12011-1200
E. Gustafsson8011+7200
E. Wellwood1011+3000
K. Marshall10000-1800
M. Walker4000-21600
T. Sestito3000-11500
B. Holmstrom2000+0200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov3117-10-3888233.00.893
S. Bobrovsky1810-4-1394792.46.919
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