A rematch of two Metropolitan Division rivals, The Islanders head to Philadelphia to try and take down the Flyers once again. The Flyers in the midst of a two-game losing streak and are 0-7-3 in their last ten, are looking to make a stand and stop the bleeding on home ice. These teams kept it competitive on Saturday but are looking to take it to the next level tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Islanders torched the Flyers 5-2 Saturday night. Zach Parise and Ryan Pulock were the stars of the show that night. Parise had two goals while Pulock had four assists to lead the team in points that game. The Islanders (15-8-0) are one of four teams (New Jersey Devils, 13; Boston Bruins, 10; Toronto Maple Leafs, 10) with at least 10 wins in November and can become the third team this season with two winning streaks of at least five games (Bruins, seven; Kraken, five). After looking somewhat promising to start the season, the Flyers have been incredibly disappointing. Carter Hart looked to be the saving grace for the team, but with the lack of defensive structure and depth, Hart and the Flyers have floundered. The Flyers still have a decent lineup and have upset some good teams this season, but it’s going to take a lot for the Flyers to take down the red-hot Islanders.
Players To Watch
For the Islanders, Mathew Barzal is the player to watch. Although Barzal did not score a point against the Flyers, he leads the team in scoring with 25 points. Barzal had 10 points in the last seven games before Saturday’s matchup against the Flyers. One of the most underrated playmakers in the NHL, Barzal is a speedy skater that uses his high IQ to make crisp plays for his teammates to score. Barzal has truly started to blossom as the best player on his team. He has always been known as a skilled player, but this season he has really started to put everything together to get the Islanders in a really good position to compete this year.
For the Flyers, Travis Konecny is the player to watch. Not much has been bright for the Flyers, but Konecny has been playing really solid for them lately. A high-intensity competitor who loves to get in the dirty areas, Konecny can do it all. Just like Barzal, before their matchup on Saturday Konecny has 10 points in his last seven games. His high offensive production, especially as a 25 year old, makes him a valuable asset for Philadelphia every night.