The Philadelphia Flyers will travel to Long Island today to close out their season series against the New York Islanders. The Flyers are 3-0-0 so far this season and will look to gain the sweep today. Game time is 1pm and the game will be televised on CSN Philly.
The Flyers have the Islanders number, plain and simple. According to Bill Meltzer, the Flyers are 30-3-2 in their last 35 meetings with the Islanders. The Flyers have beaten them by a score of 5-2 twice this season and they beat the 6-4 on Saturday. This game marks the second game of a home and home set. The Flyers need to pick up as many points as possible against divisional opponents like te Islanders. Zac Rinaldo remains out of the lineup with an ankle sprain.
The Islanders are 7-3-0 over their last 10 games. Despite their loss on Saturday, they are still one of the hottest teams in the league. John Tavares has 20 points in the last 12 games and is playing the way he did last season to earn himself a Hart Trophy nomination. Even though they sit at the bottom of the division, the Islanders have clawed their way back to relevance and sit just seven points out of 4th place.
-Offensively, Wayne Simmonds and Andrej Meszaros have been on fire lately. Simmonds has 6 points in his last 3 games and 21 points in the last 16 games. Meszaros has 3 goals in the last 2 games and 9 points in his last 6 games. Look for those two to continue to be offensive catalysts for the Flyers.
-With a win, the Flyers will be in second place in the Metropolitan division. The Flyers sit two points behind the Rangers, but they also have two games in hand.
-Ray Emery will start in goal this afternoon. On the season, Emery is 6-8-0 with a .897 SV% and a 2.86 GAA. He is 3-1-0 over his last five appearances. Over the course of the season we have seen the good Emery and the bad Emery. Which one we see today will go a long way in determining how the game ends up.