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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

history.

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

sixth.

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

cellar.

“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

this hole.”

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

Metropolitan-leading Penguins.

“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.

19.

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.