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Flyers-Islanders: Game 39 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Less than 24 hours after meeting for the first time this season, the Flyers and New York Islanders are right back at it. This time, they will take the ice at Wells Fargo Center, as the Flyers try to avoid being on the cusp on another double-digit losing streak.

The Flyers' streak hit eight games on Monday with the 4-1 loss on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Islanders are just starting to make up some ground in games played, and the distance between them and the Flyers is rapidly decreasing.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P New York Islanders GP G A P
Claude Giroux 35 11 18 29 Mathew Barzal 28 7 15 22
Cam Atkinson 38 15 13 28 Oliver Wahlstrom 29 8 8 16
Travis Konecny 36 6 15 21 Brock Nelson 22 11 4 15
Sean Couturier 29 6 11 17 Josh Bailey 25 2 13 15
Joel Farabee 31 11 6 17 Noah Dobson 29 5 9 14

Players To Watch 1-18

Monday's game was a rough one for Cam Atkinson. Not only was he held off the scoresheet for the second straight game, he was also a minus-3. In the last five games, Atkinson has a minus-8 rating, despite continuing to provide offense with a pair of goals and pair of assists.   
 
Brock Nelson got back onto the scoresheet after two games without a point by scoring a goal and posting an assist in the win on Monday. While he has just two goals and two assists since his return from injury on Dec. 11, he continues to be among the Islanders leaders this season in point production.
 
Goalie Matchup 1-18

Carter Hart gets the start in goal for the Flyers. Hart's personal losing streak reached five games against the Rangers on Saturday, despite making 24 saves on 27 shots. With the exception of a loss to the Penguins on Jan. 6, Hart remains consistent in his performances, having allowing three goals or less in seven of his last eight starts.    

Semyon Varlamov is expected to get the call for the Islanders. Varlamov made his return to the crease on Jan. 15 for the first time in over two weeks, taking the loss despite allowing just one goal on 35 shots. Varlamov has won two of his last three starts and allowed just one goal in each of them.  

Projected Lineups

Flyers Line Combos 1-17

Flyers Scratches: Sean Couturier (injury), Ryan Ellis (injury), Nate Thompson (injury), Derick Brassard (injury), Kevin Connauton (healthy), Nick Seeler (healthy)
 
Opponent Line Combos 1-18
 
Islanders Scratches: Ryan Pulock (COVID protocol), Ross Johnston (suspended), Kyle Palmieri (injury), Sebastian Aho (healthy)
 
Lineup Notes
  • Flyers: No changes are expected to the Flyers lineup. 
  • Islanders: Outside of the goalie change, no other changes to the Islanders lineup from Monday's game. 

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (28th), Islanders (22nd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (19th), Islanders (10th)
  • Recent History vs. Islanders
    • Jan. 17, 2022 - Islanders 4, Flyers 1 (at NYI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Islanders
    • Claude Giroux - 61 GP, 21 G, 43 A, 64 P
    • Cam Atkinson - 28 GP, 14 G, 12 A, 26 P
    • Keith Yandle - 26 GP, 4 G, 18 A, 22 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 46 GP, 11 G, 22 A, 33 P
    • Carter Hart - 7 GP, 2-3-2, 3.61 GAA, .868 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Travis Sanheim needs five points to reach 100 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: ESPN+/Hulu
Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network

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