NHL Hockey

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Philadelphia 1 1 1 0 0 3
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, January 18, 2022
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 16,362

Islanders chase two-game sweep of floundering Flyers

New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers

  1. The Islanders are 5-0-2 in their last seven games in Philadelphia. It's their longest road point streak ever against the Flyers. Each of the last five Islanders-Flyers games in Philadelphia was decided in overtime or via a shootout.
  2. The Islanders' 4-1 win last night was only the sixth game this season in which they scored four or more goals (tied for the NHL low) and just the fourth game in which they scored at least four even-strength goals (also tied for the NHL low).
  3. Semyon Varlamov has faced at least 35 shots on goal and allowed no more than one goal in each of his last three games. That's the first three-game streak of its kind for Varlamov in his 14 seasons in the NHL. The only other goaltender to do that in three consecutive games for the Islanders is Dwayne Roloson in December 2010.
  4. The Flyers' current eight-game winless streak (0-6-2) is their second-longest this season. They went 10 games without a win (0-8-2) from Nov. 18 through Dec. 8. The only other seasons in which the Flyers had more than one winless streak of eight games or longer are 1968-69 (three: 11, 9, 9) and 2006-07 (two: 10, 9).
  5. Travis Konecny scored the 100th goal of his Flyers/NHL career last night. He's the 37th player to score at least 100 goals for the club. Since they entered the league in 1967-68, the only other NHL teams with as many players who've scored 100 goals for them as the Flyers are the Bruins (39), Canadiens (39), Rangers (38) and Maple Leafs (37).
  6. Carter Hart allowed three goals or more in 31 of 70 starts over his first two NHL seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), but he's done that in 33 of 48 starts in the two seasons since then.

The Philadelphia Flyers are teetering close to a dubious distinction: two 10-game losing streaks in the same season.

After a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday in Elmont, N.Y., the Flyers have dropped eight games in a row (0-6-2). The same two teams will battle again Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia hasn't been victorious since a 3-2 overtime win against the expansion Seattle Kraken on Dec. 29.

From Nov. 18-Dec. 8, the Flyers dropped 10 in a row (0-8-2), which ultimately cost head coach Alain Vigneault his job. Interim head coach Mike Yeo had some mild success early before the current skid.

"I think, obviously, we know that we need a win, and you start playing to think about only the win," Yeo said. "You start thinking about only that result. Quite often, you forget about that one little thing that you have to do right at that moment. It's not easy."

The Flyers looked flat for large stretches Monday, especially on a pair of power plays. Even on a night when goaltender Martin Jones kept Philadelphia in the game with some stellar saves, the Flyers simply didn't produce enough offense to help.

The result was another loss in what's turning out to be a lost season.

"We have to play a full, 60-minute game," Philadelphia defenseman Cam York said. "This is a good league. There are good players, and if you take a shift off, they're good enough to put it in the back of the net. For us, every guy has to give 100 percent every shift, and it has to be like that for 60 minutes."

The Islanders head into the Tuesday rematch with four victories in their past five games.

Brock Nelson led the way Monday with a goal and an assist, and goaltender Ilya Sorokin stopped 26 shots. Sorokin is 5-1-1 in his past seven starts, and backup Semyon Varlamov has two wins in his past three starts, making at least 35 saves in each game.

"They've been fantastic back there," New York defenseman Andy Greene said of the two goaltenders. "They've just been playing really well. They give us a lot of confidence. It's on us to give them some support there and make their nights as easy as possible, too."

The Islanders, who are tied for the fewest games played in the league largely because of COVID-19 issues, will face the Flyers three times in 11 days. The teams will meet again in New York on Jan. 25.

Though reaching the playoffs seems unlikely for the last-place Islanders, they can continue to pile up points against the reeling Flyers.

"I don't think it's overwhelming at all," Islanders center Mathew Barzal said of the team's postseason prospects. "We know we have a ton of games in hand. We know there's 50 or so games left in the season. Also, we've been in situations before where we've been down or out of a playoff spot and battled our way back. This team has got a lot of resilience and a lot of character."

By claiming the first meeting of the season against the Flyers on Monday, the Islanders have won six in a row against Philadelphia, though four of those games extended beyond regulation.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 18, 2022

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