NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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