New York at Philadelphia 1pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/14/2009 10:08:00 AM |
As usual the Flyers look like world beaters or cannot get out of their own way.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 Blues 0 - 4 L
Wed Feb 4, 2009 Bruins 3 - 1 L
Sat Feb 7, 2009 Bruins 4 - 3 W
Sun Feb 8, 2009 Thrashers 3 - 2 W
Thu Feb 12, 2009 Senators 5 - 2 L

02/12/09 Daniel Briere C Groin IR. Might return by Feb. 25
01/11/09 Josh Gratton LW Abdominal IR. Out until at least mid-February
01/21/09 Jonathon Kalinski LW Thigh IR. Out until at least mid-February

That Briere contract has been a problem for Philadelphia even when he is healthy because it's means someone like impressive defenseman Luca Sbisa had to return to the WHL earlier this month.

The Flyers come in off a loss to Ottawa but it's misleading with Brian Elliott in goal for Ottawa having a good game against Philadelphia in a game the Sens were outshot 36-23.

Antero Niittymaki, playing for the eighth time in the last nine games (including seven starts), was outplayed by Elliott.

Philadelphia Daily News: Sam Donnellon reports it's likely both Niittymaki and Biron will play this weekend with afternoon home games both days.

Jeff Carter, C
Mike Richards, C
Simon Gagne, LW
Scott Hartnell, LW
Mike Knuble, RW
Joffrey Lupul, RW

No hiding from these kids of offensive talents unless the Islanders finish some plays and score some goals, good news is the Islanders have played competitive against the Flyers so far losing an ot game earlier on the road.

No Hunter, Streit, Jon Sim finally gets to play and Bergenheim should receive a chance above the fourth line. Spin the wheel or MacDonald or Danis both have earned the right to start.

Newsday: Greg Logan reports in the Islanders Newsday blog Mitch Fritz was recalled from Bridgeport for Saturday's game which Michael Fornabaio of the Ct Post suspected in his blog entry following last night's game here.

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