The Philadelphia Flyers (17-15-7) welcome John Tavares and the New York Islanders (22-14-5) to the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon. This is third of five meetings between the clubs this season. Game time is 1:00.
The Islanders defeated the Flyers 3-1 in New York on November 25th. They followed that up with a 4-3 shootout victory in Philadelphia on December 8th.
Steve Mason allowed three goals on ten shots before being replaced early in the second period. Michal Neuvirth stopped all 16 shots he faced until the shootout.
Coming into tonight's contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms were just trying to stem the momentum of domination that the visitors had over them. Since a Dec. 4 victory in Wilkes-Barre Township, Lehigh Valley has been vexed by the flightless birds.
That continued on Friday night, despite the Phantoms' best efforts.
Josh Archibald had two goals, and reigning AHL Goaltender of the Year Matt Murray made 20 saves to push the visitors to a 4-3 victory before a sellout crowd at PPL Center.
When the Flyers called up Shayne Gostisbehere for their Nov. 14 game in Carolina, no one could have imagined the immediate and ongoing impact he would have on the team.
Gostisbehere has seven goals, three of them overtime winners, and nine assists for 16 points in 23 games. Game 23 for Gostisbehere provided a scare.
The rookie sensation left the Flyers 4-3 overtime win in Minnesota at the five-minute mark of the second period with a lower body injury and did not return, but that was the only update the Flyers provided on the defenseman.
On Friday, the Flyers finally updated Gostisbehere's condition. GM Ron Hextall announced that Gostisbehere will miss Saturday's game against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury. Another update will be provided on Saturday.
On Wednesday, the Flyers traded impending unrestricted free agent defenseman Luke Schenn and seldom-used veteran forward Vincent Lecavalier to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2016 third-round draft pick and 23-year-old center Jordan Weal. The Flyers agreed to retain 50 percent of both Lecavalier's ($4.5 million cap hit) and Schenn's ($3.6 million) contracts.
The arrangement of this trade is of potential short-term help for the Cup-contending Kings and a longer-term masterpiece for the Flyers. It took several weeks of three-way conversations between Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, LA Kings general manager Dean Lombardi and the Lecavalier camp of agent Kent Hughes and the player himself to make the deal happen.