Struggling left winger James van Riemsdyk will be a healthy scratch when the surging Flyers play the host New York Islanders on Saturday night.
After a terrific preseason, JVR is goal-less in all 13 games. The Flyers hope a day (or two) off will rejuvenate him, much like it did winger Nik Zherdev.
Mike Richards' wingers tonight figure to be Andreas Nodl and Eric Wellwood.
In a bit of a surprise, goalie Sergei "Bob" Bobrovsky will start for the sixth straight time. With back-to-back games this weekend, Brian Boucher was a candidate to start Saturday. The Flyers have a showdown in Washington on Sunday.
Breakaways. The Flyers will be aiming for their first six-game winning streak since November of 2008…. Claude Giroux and Richards have collected points in five straight games. Giroux has four goals and five assists in that span, while Richards has a goal and four assists…..Ville Leino and Kimmo Timonen have four-game point streaks…. In the second period of their 13 games this season, the Flyers have outscored opponents, 17-9. During their current five-game winning streak, they have a 13-3 second-period advantage….The Isles have been outscored, 29-11, during their six-game skid….Former Eagle Vince Papale, along with his son and some friends, visited the Flyers’ lockerroom Friday.
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