The Flyers host the New York Islanders in Saturday’s 1 p.m. matchup and are looking for a better result in the third meeting than the first two.
The Flyers are 0-1-1 against the Islanders this season, losing a 3-1 decision on Nov. 25 at the Barclays Center and suffering a 4-3 home shootout loss on Dec. 8.
“Honestly we didn’t play well in their building,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said after Friday’s practice. “We didn’t generate anything and had a tough night.”
Hakstol had a different opinion on the shootout loss.
“I thought the game here was a great hockey game and there was very little difference in the hockey,” he said. “Both teams had opportunities. We thought we played very well that night.”
The Flyers entered Friday just three points out of a wild card berth. The Islanders have eight more points than the Flyers and are among the 11 Eastern Conference teams ahead of the them, so these are looked at as four-point games.
Flyers winger Jake Voracek says one thing has really stood out in the two games this season.
“Speed,” he said. “We have to match them, we have to play physical and make sure we have that jump.”
During the first meeting, played the night before Thanksgiving, the Flyers scored first, on a goal by Claude Giroux, but the Islanders came back with goals by Casey Cizikas and Kyle Okproso before sealing it with an empty netter.
In the second game, the Flyers trailed 3-1 before getting a goal early in the second period from Ryan White and the equalizer early in the third period by Giroux.
Kyle Okposo would score the only goal in the shootout to earn the Islanders two points.
After being swept in three West Coast games, the Flyers are feeling better about things following Tuesday’s home 4-3 win against Montreal and Thursday’s 4-3 overtime triumph at Minnesota.
“We wanted to answer back after that trip and focus on us,” Giroux said. “We had to play the right way and it is about finding a way to win the game and we did a good job the last two games.”