23 November 2011
Uniondale, NY -- The Islanders look to turn the tide tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum. The Flyers are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and 11-6-3 on the season.
The Islanders were swept in the season by the Flyers last year and are 24-2 in their last 26 games against the Islanders. Their last loss to the Isles came on April 1, 2010.
The Flyers are working off back-to-back loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
The Isles will catch a small break tonight with Flyers captain Chris Pronger out of the lineup. This will be the second game heâ€™s missed due to a virus. But Jaromir Jagr will return tonight from a groin injury.
The Islanders will start Rick Dipietro in net. He is 2-2-2 in six games this season with a 3.34 goals against average and .886 save percentage. The Flyers will counter that by sending Ilya Bryzgalov to start in goal. The Flyers goaltender is 8-5-2 in 15 games with a 2.75 goals against average and .902 save percentage.
Brian Rolston, Marty Reasonor and Nino Niederreiter will be tonightâ€™s scratches for the Islanders. Kyle Okposo remains in the lineup along with recent call up David Ullstrom.
Micheal Haley will make his season debut tonight, most likely in a fourth line role. â€śI just want to play my best,â€ť he told reporters this morning. â€śProve I can play here and obviously help the boys get a win.â€ť
The Islanders will also debut their new third jerseys tonight as well.
Quote of the Morning:
(Mark Streit on Islanders identity)
â€śWe certainly havenâ€™t seen it enough. I thought at the beginning of the season you could see our identity playing simple, moving pucks, using our speed and forecheck hard. You know what weâ€™re not the most skilled group, but we have to make sure weâ€™re the hardest working team on the ice.â€ť
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