Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders - 1/18/14
New York Islanders (19-23-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (24-19-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -147 / New York Islanders +134 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders continue their attempt to climb out of the Metropolitan Division standings and if they keep playing the way they have been over the past month they should be there soon. New York just keeps finding ways to rack up points and after a disappointing loss to the Florida Panthers the other day the Islanders got back on the winning side of things in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. Trailing 1-0 late in the second period the Islanders got a goal from Thomas Vanek, his 17th of the season, to tie the game at 1-1. After a scoreless third period it was Frans Nielsen scoring the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 win. Kevin Poulin made 29 saves and earned the first star of the night in this one. After struggling immensely during Evgeni Nabokov's first injury Poulin seems to have found his game the second time around. The Islanders are playing much stiffer hockey in front of him which helps as well but New York is going to need their goaltenders to play at this type of level for most of the year if they're going to really get back into this thing. The Islanders will head to Philadelphia on Saturday night where the Flyers have lost three of their last four coming into this one. Things had been going the Flyers way before this stretch but now they're struggling to keep the puck out of their own net again, having allowed 18 goals during the four game stretch. The only victory was Tuesday night in Buffalo and it took three third period goals in order to get by the Sabres. Defensively the Flyers are not a very strong hockey club so it's imperative for them to get a lot of help in their own end from their forwards. Against the Nashville Predators the Flyers rallied twice to tie the game before falling in seven rounds of a shootout to lose 4-3. Steve Mason stopped the first four shooters he faced before allowing three straight Predators to score. Philadelphia allowed 37 shots and two power play goals in the contest. Now the Flyers are going to need to play tough in this one because the Islanders really have been hot and still aren't getting any respect. This could be a lot of fun on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center and I really like the way the Islanders are playing right now.
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