UNIONDALE, N.Y. _ Veteran defenseman Mark Streit, who is in his first year with the Flyers, said it will be “emotional” to return to his former indoor playground Saturday, the Nassau Coliseum.
“You just have to try to focus on the game and not the circumstances,” the former New York Islanders’ captain said after the morning skate. “It’s definitely special because I spent five years here and have a lot of great memories…especially making the playoffs last year.”
The Flyers are 2-7.
“Some of the injured guys are coming back, which is huge for us,” he said, referring to Vinny Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell. “During the off-season, we signed some new guys and there’s a new chemistry to the team and maybe it just takes a little longer, but I think we’re on the right path.”
Streit, 35, is one of the “new guys.” He has two assists and a minus-4 rating in nine games.
Power-play woes. The Flyers are 29th in the 30-team NHL on the power play, clicking at just 8.1 percent (3 for 37). They are 1 for their last 25.
“We’ve got to get shots and momentum,” coach Craig Berube said. “You always say the power play has to score, but you have to go out and create momentum for your team. You do that by getting the shots through and getting the puck back; it’s about puck recovery and getting shots through. If we start getting too fancy and passing it around too much, you forget about shooting and before you know it, the power play is over.,”
At Saturday’s morning skate, the Flyers spent more time than usual working on the power play.
Hartnell returns. After missing four games with an upper-body injury, Hartnell will return to the lineup.
The left winger’s #hartnelldown Foundation, which raises money for local charities, is hosting what it calls a “chowdown,” and giving fans a chance to have dinner with Hartnell next Sunday (DESK: Nov. 3) at Spasso Italian Grill in Old City. For more information, email the foundation’s director, Carrie Wood-Grillo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakaways. Steve Mason (2.17 GAA, .930 save percentage) will oppose the Isles’ Kevin Poulin (3.03, .893), marking the second straight game the Flyers have faced a backup goalie. Mason will start for the eighth time in 10 games……Adam Hall will be scratched in favor of Jay Rosehill….Max Talbot (plus-1) is the Flyers’ only “plus” player....The Isles' Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson each have six goals. All the Flyers' forwards combined have six goals.
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