Sooner or later, the Flyers’ mastery of the New York Islanders has to end.
They just hope it’s not Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers have won 14 straight against the Islanders, the longest current streak by any NHL team over an opponent.
That matches the Flyers' longest winning streak against any team. They also won 14 in a row against Atlanta (2005-09) and Los Angeles (1978-81).
The NHL record for consecutive wins against an opponent is 23, set by Montreal against Washington from 1974 through 1978.
During their 14-game winning streak over the Isles _ including four victories this season _ the Flyers have outscored New York, 48-23. The Isles have scored two goals or fewer in 12 of the 14 games.
“They’ve obviously had a good run against us,” Islanders coach Scott Gordon told the Ledger of Newark. “It’s only a matter of time before it turns the other way.”
Tuesday’s game matches two of the NHL’s top rookies _ the Islanders’ John Tavares and the Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk. Both have been slumping lately, however.
Tavares hasn’t scored a goal in his last 17 games, and he has just two goals in his last 33 contests. He still ranks second among NHL rookies with 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists), behind Colorado’s Matt Duchene (45 points).
Van Riemsdyk is fourth among rookie scorers with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists), but he has just two goals in his last 15 games. Van Riemsdyk is tied for second (with Dan Carcillo) among Flyers forwards at plus-7.
You may be surprised that fourth-line center Blair Betts leads Flyers forwards at plus-9 _ an indication of the effectiveness of that checking unit.
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Breakaways. Tuesday’s game is on Versus at 7:30 p.m….Chris Pronger (plus-24) and his defensive partner, Matt Carle (plus-20), are the Flyers’ plus-minus leaders….The 35-year-old Pronger (eight goals, 39 assists) already has 47 points _ one less than he scored in 82 games for Anaheim last season.