New York Islanders (19-23-7) @ Philadelphia Flyers (24-19-5)
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Islanders have reached the final game of their six game road trip. Tonight they take on the Flyers in the first of a home and home against the Broad Street Bullies.
This starts an important stretch for the Isles, with seven of their next nine games coming against Metro division opponents. And the Islanders have had their struggles with opponents in their own division, especially the Flyers. In their first matchup of the year, on October 26, the Flyers defeated the Islanders 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum. The game was former Islander Captain Mark Streit’s first against his former team and Vincent Lecavalier recorded a hat trick.
The Islanders lost by the same score on November 23 in Philly.
New York will try to record their first win against the Flyers tonight with Kevin Poulin in net. The Islanders will also have Matt Carkner take Radek Martinek’s spot on defense and Eric Boulton take the place of Peter Regin up front.
Steve Mason will get the start for the Flyers. Mason is 19-11-5 this season for Philadelphia, with 2.48 goals against average and .917 save percentage.
Tonight’s Probable Lineup (Forward lines via Arthur Staple):
Thomas Vanek – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey – Frans Nielsen – Cal Clutterbuck
Michael Grabner – Brock Nelson – Colin McDonald
Eric Boulton – Casey Cizikas – Matt Martin
Andrew MacDonald – Brian Strait
Matt Donovan – Calvin de Haan
Thomas Hickey – Matt Carkner