Islanders Look to Rebound in Philly

The Islanders look to rebound from a defeat at home Saturday against Buffalo as they travel to Philadelphia Tuesday night. The Islanders normally don’t have a good track record playing in Philly but with a 4-1 win in their last visit they have to be feeling confident heading into this one.

The Islanders are still holding onto some slim playoff hopes and would need a win tonight to keep them alive. Being 10 points out of a playoff spot with 30 games to play isn’t an impossible task but points need to be coming in on a consistent pace in order to have a chance.  Getting a win tonight against a conference and division opponent would mean a lot.

On the forward side of the line-up I wouldn’t expect many changes from Saturday as those lines seem to really be clicking. On the defensive side of the line-up, we should expect to see Aaron Ness make his NHL debut tonight. An Islanders 2nd round draft pick in 2008 has been excelling in Bridgeport this season and gets his shot to play at the NHL level. His chance comes due to the injury to Travis Hamonic from this past Saturday; a shot from the point hit him in the face and required him to have surgery to repair a broken nose.  This will be a big injury to the Islanders as Hamonic has been their best defenseman so far this season; he is expected to miss about 2 weeks. Also out for this game on defense is Milan Jurcina with an elbow laceration which he suffered this past Friday night in Ottawa. Jurcina is still listed as day to day but with the call up of Ness I don’t expect him to play. The goalie for tonight’s game hasn’t been announced yet and it would be anyone’s guess as to who may get the start.

The Flyers hold the lead in the season series versus the Islanders currently with a record of 2-1. This is the last meeting of the season between these two and the Islanders would love to get an even 2-2 record from the Flyers this season.  Philadelphia is coming off of a 5-2 lost to the Rangers and is looking to rebound much like the Islanders.

This looks to be a competitive matchup between two teams both needing a win. The game starts at 7pm eastern time so be sure to tune in and cheer on the Islanders.

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