Islanders Hope to Leave Flyers in the Cellar

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UNIONDALE, N. Y.–The New York Islanders will finish their homestand this afternoon against a struggling and disheartened Philadelphia Flyers club.

The Flyers and Islanders are tied for last place in the Atlantic Division, but only the Islanders are facing the possibility of changing their fortunes, as a come-from-behind win against the New York Rangers and a thrashing of the first place New Jersey Devils put them in the driver’s seat for a possible winning streak, and the necessary confidence to derail any thoughts the Flyers or the Ottawa Senators, who as dispirited as the ailing Flyers, having lost Erik Karlsson for the season.

These next two back-to-back games, the Sens matchup kicking-off the second roadtrip for the season, are of crucial importance, if for nothing else than to prove to all that although inconsistencies have plagued them of late, they are in no way a pushover team, or one that lays down after a wicked spell of defeat.

That’s what’s missing in the Flyers clubhouse and on the ice, according to Claude Giroux, a team willing to fix what’s broken, to make the necessary sacrifices to change outcomes, etc.:

There’s no compete [...] We’re not winning battles. We’re just going through the motions. You know, we’re a young team that can skate. We should be winning more battles than this. It’s just frustrating to see. I know I have to be better, but a team is 20 guys and you need everybody to show up.

Tough brotherly love, indeed.

As of now, all are taking notice of John Tavares‘s incredible play as of late, and don’t be surprised to see him hunt for the puck in a manner similar to the one on display against the Devils.

Expect solid games from Brian Strait and Lubomir Visnovsky once again, and look (and hope) that Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas continue their tough play, drawing penalties in the process.

Enjoy the afternoon with some hockey, people.

–RD

Follow Rich Diaz @eyesonisles

 

Notes

  • The Flyers have lost 3 out of 4, have given up 14 goals in the process
  • Expect El Magnifico (JT) to keep his scoring surge alive, but most importantly expect the top lines to forecheck and take advantage of an absolutely deflated team in the Philly Flyers
  • Isles still within the top ten in Special Teams!

*Don’t ever try to blog from a Starbucks: good snacks, terrible WiFi.

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