NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Visit New York Islanders
The game should be of particular interest to fans, since this is the first that newly acquired defenseman Mark Streit will face off against his former team as a Flyer. Considering that Streit left his post as their captain, there may be some more animosity than usual coming from the Isles. That will be good, because it means that this is going to be a heated game that both teams will be fired up about.Watch out for Streit to be bringing his ‘A’ game in Saturday night’s matchup. Streit has slowly been progressing on the blueline with the Flyers, as head coach Craig Berube promoted him to the top power play unit.
The Flyers also saw some results with Matt Read, and he’s sure to be playing well again on Saturday. We also can’t forget that, despite a 2-5-0 record, Steve Mason has been making some really great saves in net for the team. Expect the goalie to be ready again on Saturday night. The Flyers also saw the return of Vincent Lecavalier on Thursday, which could help the team in the long run.
As for the Isles, they have been doing a little bit better this season than the Flyers as they head into this game with 4-3-3 record. They will be more of a challenge than the New York Rangers, especially with new Isles captain John Tavares wracking up points. Joined with Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen, these three will be the Flyers’ biggest adversaries.