Game Preview: Islanders vs. Flyers

By: David Kolb

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (22-19-6) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (19-17-8)

SECOND OF FOUR

Tonight the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center for the second of four games the clubs play against each other this season. The Flyers edged the Isles 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 3 at Barclays Center, while the two teams will conclude the season series with a pair of contests in Philly (Feb. 9, Mar. 30). The Islanders enter tonight’s tilt with a lot of momentum, as they tied a season-high three-game winning streak Saturday, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. The Flyers meanwhile are going in the other direction, having dropped five of their last six games, including Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

QUOTABLE

“Entering relevance, and it’s a good feeling in that room. They’re starting to believe.”

— Coach Doug Weight after his club’s third straight win Saturday.

GREISS BACK BETWEEN THE PIPES

Saturday, Jean-Francois Berube gained the win vs. the Kings, and tonight, Thomas Greiss will be back between the pipes to face the Flyers. Greiss stopped 23 shots Thursday vs. Dallas to become the first German-born goaltender in NHL history to register two consecutive shutouts (per Elias Sports). Greiss has won three of his past four starts and is now 3-2-2 with a 1.99 goals against average and a .935 save percentage in January.

KID-KONECNY ON TARGET

Flyers’ rookie forward, Travis Konecny has opened some eyes in Philadelphia this season, and Saturday he scored the lone goal vs. the Devils. The goal was his eighth of the season and 22nd point for the 19-year-old from London, Ontario, who has two goals in the past four games, and four goals in January. Konecny also lit the lamp to open the scoring in the first matchup between these two clubs on Nov. 3.

CAPTAIN LEADING

Isles’ captain, John Tavares has been sensational throughout the past five games, racking up eight goals and an assist during that stretch. No. 91 scored a goal and an assist Saturday vs. Los Angeles, stringing together back-to-back multiple-point games. He now has 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points, including a goal in the initial contest vs. Philly back in November.