Tavares makes All Star Team – Flyers come a’calling

By Gary Harding

It is great to see that the NHL recognizes the talent of our superstar.

It was announced this afternoon, that John Tavares will be our representative to the All-Star game in Ottawa later in the month.  With 39 points in 40 games, this 21 year old has made great strides in improving all facets of his game.  Although Matt Moulson was not named, his stats hopefully did not go unnoticed.

Tonight – the Islanders will host the Philadelphia Flyers  – a team that has owned the Isles over the past few years.  In their only meeting of the season, the Isles lost in OT 4-3 right before Thanksgiving.  This will be  fame that they will wish to make up for.  They will be going for four straight at home, and try to inch another position closer in the standings.  A victory tonight would put the Islanders even with Tampa Bay.  The Lightning are playing at home against the 15th place Hurricanes tonight.

Question is, will Evgeni Nabokov play for the Isles tonight in search of victory number 300?  Kevin Poulin should be playing on Saturday, in my opinion against the Sabres.

As in the game against the Red Wings on Tuesday, once again the Islanders need to keep the defensive game simple, keep the wings to the outside, and get the secondary scoring in play.  Tuesday, the fourth goal of the night was accomplished this way (thanks Grabs), but in order to beat the team that has full four-line contributions, they will need more than just Okposo-Tavares-Moulson to get them by.

Mark Streit had his best offensive game this year on Tuesday when he had three helpers.  He needs to keep the focus going, as well as make sure that his defensive responsibilities are held in check.

This will be a tough game, but one, with a little luck and fortitude, the Islanders can win.

I will be in the Press Box working the game tonight.  #isles #flyers and @islessection317 to check me out.

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