With the New York Islanders struggling to score, it might not make much of a difference knowing the Flyers will be without two of their top defensemen. Chris Pronger and Braydon Coburn.
The Flyers look to avoid a season high third straight defeat and post their seventh consecutive victory in this matchup Wednesday night, when the Islanders try to avoid being shut out for a franchise record third straight time.
Already having missed six games this season after getting hit in the eye with a stick, captain Chris Pronger did not play in Monday’s 4-2 loss to Carolina due to a virus. Neither did Braydon Coburn (upper-body injury), as Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall stepped in to make their NHL debuts.
Without Pronger and Coburn, the Flyers (11-6-3) allowed two power play goals. Philadelphia has given up five goals in 12 short handed situations over the last two games.
The Flyers have committed a league high 135 penalties.
Having Pronger and Coburn back could relieve some pressure on the other defensemen and help the Flyers avoid their first three-game skid since an 0-3-2 stretch March 31-April 8.
The Islanders (5-10-3), though, might not be that much of an offensive threat. They’ve gone the last 141 minutes, 45 seconds without a goal.
Hoping for a bounce back effort from Saturday’s 6-0 home loss to Boston, New York suffered a 5-0 defeat in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Islanders’ poor play was largely overshadowed by Sidney Crosby’s four point night in his long awaited return to the Penguins’ lineup, but it’s not hard to figure out why New York is stuck in the Eastern Conference basement.
The Islanders are giving up the second most goals per game in the NHL at 3.33 and averaging a league worst 1.94.
Whoever starts in net for the Islanders better be ready for right wing Matt Read, who has netted six goals while scoring in five consecutive games. It’s the longest streak for a Flyers rookie since Mikael Renberg’s six game run March 24-April 2, 1994.
Jaromir Jagr will return to the Flyers’ lineup after missing two games with a groin injury. Including the postseason, Jagr has 146 points versus New York, his most against any opponent.
Philadelphia went 3-0-0 on Long Island in 2010-11 and has outscored the Islanders 95-53 while winning 24 of the last 26 overall meetings.
Philadelphia Flyers – Ilya Bryzgalov
New York Islanders – Rick DiPietro
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