Flyers look to continue winning ways over Islanders

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Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers will look to build on their win against the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday when they host the New York Islanders from the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers come into the game 6-3-1 in their last 10 where the Islanders are a lowly 3-7-1.

This will be the fifth of six meetings between the two Atlantic Division squads. The Flyers have taken the previous four meetings. Although, they weren’t easy victories with three of those four were 2-1 finishes. The last meeting was a 2-1 win for the Flyers at the Wachovia Center Jan. 30.

The main focus tonight for the Islanders will be if they can get their number one draft pick John Tavares to find the back of the net. Tavares, hasn’t scored a goal in 17 straight games and hasn’t played well to boot.

For the Flyers, they look to continue to gain points any way they can. They have become within five points of the fifth seed Ottawa Senators.

Who’s Hot: Flyers captain Mike Richards has been on a role as of late. The Olympic gold medalist has seven points(2G,5A) in the four games since returning from the Olympic break. Simon Gagne has found his scoring touch again, notching four goals and an assist since the break.

Isles’ left wing Matt Moulson has a point in five straight games. He has pretty much been the highlight of Islanders’ lost season.

DiPietro Waste: Rick DiPietro has been placed on Injured Reserve once again with more nagging knee issues. The Islanders continue to have false hope on their enormously overpaid goaltender.

Home Cookin’: The Flyers have won 14 straight games against the Islanders, a stretch that dates back to Feb. 12, 2008. The Islanders haven’t won in the Wachovia Center since April 2007, a span of nine games.

Keys to the game: The Flyers remain atop the National Hockey League in penalty minutes. In order to dismantle the Islanders, Philadelphia will have to stay out of the penalty box and capitalize on their power-play opportunities.

The Flyers are going to have to attack the net all night. Dirty goals will be important for them. It’s an area Philadelphia has been working on and must continue to work on their front-of-the-net presence.

Michael Leighton will have to sharp as he cannot take the Islanders lightly, nor can the rest of the Flyers lineup. With Tavares, Okposo, and Moulson the Isles do possess some scoring sort of scoring threat.

Tonight’s game will be broadcasted on VERSUS at 7:30.


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