19 January 2012
The Islanders will look to do something they haven’t done since 2007; win in Philadelphia. The Islanders last victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center came back on April 7, 2007 during their late season run into the playoffs.
The Flyers have won 23 of the last 24 matchups against the Islanders, so it’s safe to assume the Islanders are a welcomed sight. Though both teams have identical records in their last 10 games, 6-4-0, as well as an identical 3-2-0 record in their last five games. Both teams are also coming off victories on Tuesday night. The Islanders shutout the Capitals 3-0 and the Flyers downed the Minnesota Wild 5-1.
Players on both sides will look to continue streaks coming into this game, Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier has scored a goal in the Flyers last five games and John Tavares will look to extend his 10 game point streak. Matt Moulson will also look to extend a five game point streak. He has three goals and six assists over the five game span.
The Islanders will start Evgeni Nabokov, who shutout the Capitals on Tuesday, becoming the first Islander goaltender since Tommy Salo did it in 1997. Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Flyers.
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