Islanders website/AP: Has the preview for tonight's final weekend game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Hard to believe it's almost over, seems like Moncton was not that long ago. You want to win the games but it's hard not to ignore a potential lottery pick at this point as well.
Huge game for Philadelphia who no doubt will be a little tired after a tough game against the Devils Friday. Dubie has never lost to the Flyers and in fact won two huge games in 03-04 and last year the final weekend. A lot of pressure on Philadelphia who would be wise to avoid Montreal or the Atlantic winner in the opening round and could be in trouble if they lose here.
Flyers have had the Isles number this year with Hartnell, Coburn killing them in these games along with their powerplay while the Isles simply have not been able to create a lot of quality chances. Shorthanded goals against have killed them in these games also.
Frans Nielsen returns from a month's absence. Should be interesting to see if Comrie returns. I would guess Colliton was not sent to Bridgeport so he could get a rest for this game.
AHL transactions page is getting a workout with all the Islanders moves which would have to include a Spiller/defender call up here.
Another chance to see the kids.
Islanders tragic number to clinch a lottery selection that could bring them the first overall pick is five points lost or gained by Columbus. That would improve if Atlanta or St Louis win and the Islanders lose.