The Philadelphia Flyers have yet to score three goals in a game
this season. The New York Islanders scored three goals in less than
six minutes Friday night.
The Flyers will try to close a sizable production gap between
the two teams Saturday night in New York and avoid losing eight of
their first 10 games in regulation for the first time in franchise
Scoring 1.44 goals per game, the Flyers (2-7-0) rank 29th in the
league while the Islanders (4-3-3) are averaging 3.2 to tie for
Brayden Schenn (two goals, three assists) is the only Flyers
player with more than three points through the first nine games.
Jakub Voracek, who led the way with 22 goals last season, and
captain Claude Giroux haven’t scored yet this year. Voracek has
just three assists so far, the same total Giroux has after leading
the team with 48 points in 2013.
Though they didn’t exactly have a breakout night, the Flyers
earned a 2-1 home win over the New York Rangers on Thursday to
climb out of sole possession of the Metropolitan Division
“I still think offensively, we’re not where we have to be,”
Flyers coach Craig Berube told the team’s official website. “We
don’t put enough consistent pressure on the other team.”
Matt Read scored a short-handed goal at 9:07 in the first, and
Braydon Coburn broke a 1-all tie at 3:33 in the third. Goaltender
Steve Mason made 30 saves to make the two-goal night hold up.
“This is a big win against a big rival of ours,” Mason said.
“Getting the two points here and hopefully being able to build off
that is something we need to do and start getting ourselves out of
The Flyers are tied with a league-worst three power-play goals
in 37 chances. Islanders forward Matt Moulson has a league-high
five on his own.
His latest got the scoring started in the Islanders’ 4-3 win at
Pittsburgh Friday. Moulson has four goals in his last three games
to go with a five-game point streak.
John Tavares assisted on Moulson’s goal to extend his point
streak to nine games.
New York trailed 2-1 entering the third, then got goals from
Frans Nielsen, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Josh Bailey in a span of
5:34. The Islanders were outshot 42-25, but made the most of their
seven third-period shots to earn a win against the
“We know even when we’re not playing our best we’ve found a way
to stay in games and give ourselves a chance,” Bailey said. “That
was the case tonight.”
Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov made a season-high 39 saves
after allowing nine goals in his last two starts.
The Islanders’ Michael Grabner will return Saturday from a
two-game suspension for an illegal hit against Carolina on Oct.
Scott Hartnell could return for the Flyers after missing the
last four games with a lower-body injury. The left wing started
skating Monday and said he hopes to be in the lineup.
The Flyers had won seven straight and 14 of 15 on Long Island
before Tavares and Moulson each had a goal and an assist in a 4-1
win April 9.