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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There really hasn't been much to be thankful about the Flyers lately. It's been over two weeks since the team last won a game and each loss is becoming increasingly frustrating.

The Flyers losing streak hit six games with an overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday. The two teams face off again in the Flyers annual Black Friday home game.

Game time is set for 4 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P New York Islanders GP G A P
Jake Voracek 22 7 20 27 Josh Bailey 21 5 21 26
Claude Giroux 22 9 14 23 John Tavares 21 15 10 25
Sean Couturier 22 12 11 23 Anders Lee 21 11 11 22
Shayne Gostisbehere 19 1 15 16 Mathew Barzal 21 5 15 20
Wayne Simmonds 22 6 7 13 Nick Leddy 21 5 12 17
 
Player to Watch
70 Danick Martel 91 John Tavares
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, E Last 5 Games: 3 G, 4 A, 7 P, +1
 
After a really strong debut on Wednesday night, keep an eye on Danick Martel. The 22-year-old came close to scoring in his NHL debut and will play in Philadelphia for the first time on Friday afternoon. Martel has the ability to be dangerous in scoring areas, so his first goal or point could be coming sooner than you think.
 
All you need to look at is the overtime effort by John Tavares on Wednesday to know that this is far from an ordinary player. Tavares often gets overlooked in the superstar pool, but shouldn't by any means. When he's on his game, he's as dangerous as any player in hockey. He's certainly on a roll right now too, with seven points in his last five games, including two assists in Wednesday's overtime win.
 
Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott 1 Thomas Greiss
6-5-4, 2.72 GAA, .908 SV% 7-2-2, 3.30 GAA, .906 SV%

It's Brian Elliott's net for now. After entering in relief on Tuesday for Michal Neuvirth, Elliott got the start on Wednesday and made 35 saves in the Flyers overtime defeat and made several big saves just to get it to overtime. He'll get another start on Friday.

Thomas Greiss figures to be back in goal after making 35 saves in the Islanders overtime win against the Flyers on Wednesday. Greiss is on a bit of a hot streak, with the Islanders winning his last four starts. He has allowed 12 goals in that time, but has also faced a lot of shots, making 134 saves on 146 shots in that time. Greiss is also 4-2-2 with a 2.81 GAA in his career against the Flyers.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Andrew MacDonald (lower-body)

Scratches: Radko Gudas, Jori Lehtera, Dale Weise

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
12 Michael Raffl 51 Valtteri Filppula 11 Travis Konecny
70 Danick Martel 19 Nolan Patrick 17 Wayne Simmonds
20 Taylor Leier 21 Scott Laughton 40 Jordan Weal
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 8 Robert Hagg  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 5 Sam Morin  
6 Travis Sanheim 23 Brandon Manning  
Goalie    
37 Brian Elliott    

Lineup Notes

With Andrew MacDonald still not ready to return to the lineup, the Flyers will use the same lineup as Wednesday night, including recent callups Sam Morin and Danick Martel.

Islanders Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nikolay Kulemin

Scratches: Shane Prince, Alan Quine, Thomas Hickey, Ryan Pulock

Left Wing Center Right Wing
27 Anders Lee 91 John Tavares 12 Josh Bailey
16 Andrew Ladd 13 Mathew Barzal 7 Jordan Eberle
29 Brock Nelson 72 Anthony Beauvillier 66 Josh Ho-Sang
25 Jason Chimera 53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal Clutterbuck 
Defense    
2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk  
44 Calvin de Haan 50 Adam Pelech  
4 Dennis Seidenberg 42 Scott Mayfield  
Goalie    
1 Thomas Greiss    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (17th, T-19th at home), Islanders (T-11th, 15th on road)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th, 27th at home), Islanders (17th, 15th on road) 
  • Recent History vs. Islanders
    • Nov. 22, 2017 - Islanders 4, Flyers 3 (OT)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Islanders
    • Claude Giroux - 42 GP, 15 G, 28 A, 43 P
    • Jake Voracek - 33 GP, 5 G, 19 A, 24 P
    • Valtteri Filppula - 18 GP, 6 G, 6 A, 12 P
    • Brian Elliott - 12 GP, 5-1-5, 2.50 GAA
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux needs one point to reach 600 for his career and three points to pass Rod Brind'Amour for 8th on the Flyers all-time list.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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