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Philadelphia Flyers (25-19-5) @ New York Islanders (19-24-7)
Monday, January 20, 2014 | 1 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Uniondale, New York
The Islanders host the Flyers today in the second half of a home and home with Philly.
Saturday night the Isles squandered two leads and fell 6-4 and will look to rebound from that tough loss. Today is also the second game in stretch that will see the Isles face divisional opponents in a majority of their games heading into the Olympic break.
The Islanders will start Anders Nilsson in goal. He is 0-2-2 in five appearances this season for the Isles. The Islanders will feature the same defensive pairs as last game and it has not been determined whether it will be Peter Regin or Eric Boulton in the lineup.
Ray Emery will start for the Flyers. He is 6-8-0 in 17 games and did not allow a goal against on Saturday after he relieved Steve Mason in goal.
This afternoon will be the final time the Islanders and Flyers play one another in the regular season.
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