NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 20th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (13-14-2-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (17-4-8-3), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to halt a three-game losing streak today when they welcome the New York Islanders to the Wachovia Center.
Since starting the season 12-0-2 at home, the Flyers have gone 0-1-0-2 in the first three portions of the stand that concludes this afternoon. On Thursday, Martin St. Louis tied the game midway through the third period and scored the game-winner in overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Flyers, 5-4.
Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick both posted a goal and an assist for the Flyers, while Mark Recchi and Michal Handzus added goals in the losing cause. Roenick tallied for the 468th time in his NHL career, tying him with Pat LaFontaine for second place all time among American-born players in goals. Joe Mullen tops the list with 502.
Jeff Hackett turned aside 23 shots for the Flyers, as he made his seventh straight start with Robert Esche out due to a groin injury. However, Esche is expected to start tonight.
The Flyers will say goodbye to the Wachovia Center for a while after today, as they'll embark on an eight-game road trip. The venture opens Sunday in Atlanta.
The Isles, meanwhile, had their winning streak halted at two games after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Tom Poti's goal midway through the third period proved to be the eventual game-winner.
Jason Blake, Radek Martinek and Dave Scatchard scored the Islander goals, while Garth Snow stopped 26 shots. Martinek and Scatchard's markers came in the final five minutes, but the Isles couldn't complete the comeback.
New York, 2-8-2-1 on the road, will visit Washington on Sunday.
Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Islanders this season, and 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings. The Isles, however, are 4-1-1 in their last six trips to the City of Brotherly Love.
12/20 10:33:42 ET