NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 26th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (11-11-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (13-5-3), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of Atlantic Division rivals get together for an
afternoon battle in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Philadelphia Flyers
welcome the New York Islanders to the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers rebounded from Tuesday's loss versus Tampa Bay by beating the
Boston Bruins in Beantown on Friday afternoon.
Peter Forsberg recorded two goals and an assist to lead Philadelphia to a 5-3
win at TD Banknorth Garden.
Forsberg, though, left the game late in the second period with a right groin
injury and he is questionable for today's game. He has eight goals and 31
assists this season for the Flyers, who won for just the second time in their
last six games (2-2-2).
Simon Gagne continued his hot start with a goal and two assists, while Eric
Desjardins and Michal Handzus both lit the lamp in the win. Antero Niittymaki
turned aside 25 shots for the Flyers.
The Islanders also played on Friday afternoon, but were dealt a 6-2 setback by
the powerful Ottawa Senators. Vaclav Varada notched a goal and two assists to
lead the Senators at Nassau Coliseum.
Alexei Yashin and Alexei Zhitnik scored goals for New York, which has lost two
straight and three of its last four.
Rick DiPietro was peppered with 45 shots and made 39 saves in defeat.
This is the third meeting of the season between these teams. The Flyers won
the first two meetings this year to end a three-game winless streak in the
series. The Isles have dropped two straight and four of their last five in
The Flyers are 9-2-2 at home this season, while New York is 6-7-0 as the
11/26 10:06:53 ET