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Wednesday, February 8th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (24-26-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (31-15-9), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers hope to escape their current funk tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to the Wachovia Center.

Philly has lost three straight games, thus falling a point behind the NY Rangers in the Atlantic Division race. The Flyers' latest defeat was a 5-0 pounding at the hands of the host Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. Michael Ryder netted his first career hat trick and Cristobal Huet made 25 saves to spark the Habs.

Antero Niittymaki made 31 saves for the Flyers, who have dropped five of their last six games overall.

Philadelphia was without center Peter Forsberg for the fifth consecutive game, as he continues to recover from a groin injury. Forsberg skated during practice on Tuesday, but had to leave the ice early when his groin tightened up. He is expected to miss this evening's contest.

The Flyers, who are 14-8-6 on home ice, will host Washington on Friday.

New York, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Monday the Isles dropped a 3-2 tilt to visiting Tampa Bay, as Vincent Lecavalier scored on a breakaway with 55 seconds remaining in OT.

Mike York and Jason Blake scored the goals for the Islanders. Miroslav Satan had two assists for New York, which lost for the second time in three contests following a three-game winning streak.

Goaltender Rick DiPietro stopped 21 shots in the loss.

On the injury front, defenseman Alexei Zhitnik missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. On Tuesday it was announced that Zhitnik will miss the upcoming Olympics due to the injury.

New York will visit New Jersey on Saturday.

Philly is 3-1 against New York this season and 7-3-1 (3 losses, 1 tie) in the last 11 meetings.

02/08 10:40:33 ET


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