PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (4-5-1) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (4-6-0)
Tonight, the Islanders hope to rebound quickly from their lopsided, 6-1, loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night. The Isles will look to tighten up on special teams when they take the ice against the Flyers, as they allowed two power play tallies and one shorthanded goal in Tuesday’s loss.
The Travis Hamonic/Nick Leddy defensive pair will see a lot of ice against the three most potent Flyers’ scorers tonight. Claude Giroux (two goals, 11 assists), Jakub Voracek (six goals, five assists) and Wayne Simmons (two goals, five assists) – who has a five-game scoring streak – have been sensational and will warrant the extra attention.
The Islanders will try and jump on Philadelphia early, as the Flyers come to Brooklyn following a 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings last night in Philadelphia. The Flyers have taken part in two back-to-back sets this season, and have been competitive in the second game in both instances, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 15, and defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 25.
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The Islanders continue to get production from their backliners, as Dennis Seidenberg scored the only Islander goal against Tampa on Tuesday. All six regular defenseman have already scored goals, as Seidenberg leads the way with three, Travis Hamonic and Johnny Boychuk own two, while Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey each have one.
ANOTHER LINE SHAKEUP
Looking for success against Philly tonight, the Islanders may do a little line-juggling, as yesterday in practice, Shane Prince was elevated to the top line, playing with John Tavares and Josh Bailey. Coach Jack Capuano also put back “the kid line” from two seasons ago, which includes then-youngsters, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome.