Saturday, April 9, 2011
7:00 pm EDT
CSN – Philadelphia
610 WIP or 1210
||New York Islanders
Division Standing: 1st
Conference Standing: 2nd
Division Standing: 5th
Conference Standing: 14th
|Flyers vs. Islanders Lifetime: 119-88-26
The Flyers are officially NOT the Eastern Conference top seed…that honor goes to the Washington Capitals. Â But the Flyers can still win the Atlantic Division if they beat the Islanders tonight. Â A team they have beaten in all 5 meetings this season. Â The Flyers are also on a 5-game losing streak, even though a couple have gone to the shootout, they just can’t seem to get those 2 points.
On March 29, Philadelphia won 5-2 in Pittsburgh to move four points up in the Atlantic Division with just six games left in the regular season. Five games without a victory later, the Flyers will go into their season finale in need of a win Saturday, or some help from the Atlanta Thrashers when they play the Penguins on Sunday.
If the Flyers win Saturday, they’ll clinch the Atlantic Division and the second seed in the conference, regardless of what happens Sunday. However, any kind of a loss leaves them vulnerable to slipping all the way to fourth and a first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who the Flyers lost to three times in four games.
The Flyers can take some solace, however, in their opponent Saturday being the Isles — the Flyers have won 20 of their last 21 against the Islanders, including 12 straight at home.
- courtesy of Flyers.nhl.com
This will be the Islanders last game of their season as they did not make the playoffs. Â While this is the Flyers last shot to clinch the top spot in the Atlantic Division and end on a positive note heading into the playoffs that begin at the end of the week.
Philadelphia: Blair Betts (lower body),Â Jody Shelley (Fractured Orbital Bone), Chris Pronger (Hand),Â Oskars Bartulis (Shoulder), IanÂ Laperriere (Post-Concussion Syndrome)
New York: Jack Hillen (shoulder), Brian Gervais (lower body), Milan Jurcina (hip), Frans Nelson (concussion), Andrew McDonald (hip), Casey Cizikas (hand), Mark Eaton (hip), Mark Streit (shoulder), Jeremy Colliton (ribs), Kevin Poulin (knee), Mike Mottau (hip), Doug Wright (back), Trent Hunter (knee)
Ian Laperriere, PHI: Â ”(The Flyers) are taking care of me, and not that many teams would take care of their players like they are doing with me,” Laperriere said on a conference call. “They have been giving me all the tools to keep me busy and they know how much I love the game. It’s been hard watching, it’s been hard not to be a part of something like I’ve been used to since I’m 5 years old, but that’s something I have to deal with.” Â - on his Masterson Trophy nomination
Jesse Joensuu, New York: “For younger guys like me, it’s a big thing to see how he behaved and handled himself (as a player), even though he’s not playing anymore,” forward Jesse Joensuu told the team’s website. “With him being on the bench, it’s really something.” Â - on injured player Doug Weight who now is assisting the coaching staff and mulling retirement.
Stats courtesy of: Flyers.nhl.com