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Saturday, March 8th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (32-30-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (34-26-8), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to close out their three- game homestand with consecutive victories when they welcome the rival New York Islanders for tonight's Atlantic Division battle at the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers were handed a 5-2 setback by visiting Buffalo on Tuesday, but rebounded two days later with a close decision over the Tampa Bay Lighting.

Philadelphia is currently holding onto the eighth and final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference with 76 points. The Sabres are three behind in ninth place, while Washington and the Islanders are in the mix with 72 and 71 points, respectively.

The Flyers are 3-1 against the Isles this season, but New York has still taken six of the last 10 encounters overall. Philadelphia has won its last two home tests against the Islanders, who have still come out on top in five of their last eight trips to the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia is coming off Thursday's 3-2 decision over the Lightning. Jeff Carter posted two goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, to lead the Flyers.

Carter extended his point streak to four games (five goals, two assists), and reached the scoresheet for the sixth time in the last seven games (6g, 3a). Daniel Briere also tallied in his return to the Philadelphia lineup after missing one game with a sprained right shoulder.

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen added an assist in the win to extend his point streak to five games. He has no goals and seven assists during the run.

Martin Biron turned aside 18 shots, as the Flyers snapped a two-game skid and beat the Lightning in Philadelphia for the first time since January 18, 2003 -- breaking a string of eight consecutive loses.

Philadelphia is 15-13-6 as the hosts this year, but has won just twice in its last nine at the Wachovia Center. After tonight's outing the Flyers will visit Toronto on Tuesday for the opener of a home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs.

The Islanders are coming off a split of a home-and-home series with the rival Rangers. The Isles won a 4-3 shootout decision at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, but lost the home portion of the set Thursday, as Sean Avery scored two goals to lead the Blueshirts to a 4-1 triumph at Nassau Coliseum.

Sean Bergenheim had the only goal for the Islanders, who have dropped three of four and five of their past seven contests.

Wade Dubielewicz allowed three goals on 27 shots in defeat, as he started his third straight game in place of franchise goaltender Rick DiPietro, who was given time off to deal with the death of his grandmother.

DiPietro was available as the backup for Thursday's game, but Isles head coach Ted Nolan opted to give his starting netminder another night off. The All-Star goaltender had started 14 straight games before his recent absence. DiPietro is expected to be back in net for tonight's outing.

03/08 10:36:16 ET


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