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Tuesday, November 11th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (7-4-2-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (7-2-3-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers seek their fourth straight win tonight when they invite the New York Islanders to Wachovia Center for an Atlantic Division clash.

Philly, 5-1-1 in the last seven, has outscored the opposition by a combined score of 15-4 in the last three. On Saturday, Marcus Ragnarsson tallied at 1:01 of overtime to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Tony Amonte had a goal and an assist, while teammate Jeremy Roenick chipped in two helpers. Jeff Hackett turned aside 21 shots for the Flyers, whose 18 points give them a lead of one over New Jersey atop the Atlantic and two over the third-place Isles.

Amonte extended his points streak to eight games, which is the longest current tear in the National Hockey League. He has six goals and six assists in that time.

On the injury front, Flyer defenseman Eric Desjardins missed the last two games with back spasms but is expected to be back in the lineup this evening.

Philadelphia, unbeaten at home (4-0-2), opens a three-game Wachovia Center set tonight. Ken Hitchcock's club will host Vancouver on Thursday.

The Islanders, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak snapped via Saturday's 4-3 loss to Atlanta. With the game tied 3-3, Atlanta's Serge Aubin scored midway through the third period to decide things. Trent Hunter had a goal and an assist for the Isles. Shawn Bates and Mariusz Czerkawski both lit the lamp as well, and Rick DiPietro made 19 saves.

Hunter bagged his sixth goal of the season, which is second on the club behind the surprising Czerkawski (10). Hunter has scored in four straight games.

On defense, Adrian Aucoin was named NHL Defensive Player of the Week Monday. He posted a plus-eight rating with two assists and 28 minutes per game in three contests last week. Aucoin was on ice for 11 of the Islanders' 13 goals scored.

New York, just 1-2-2 on the road, will host Montreal on Thursday before a four-game trek.

Philadelphia went 3-1-1 against New York last season, but the road club is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings. The Isles are 4-0-1 in their last five trips to the City of Brotherly Love.

11/11 10:32:44 ET


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