Islanders (12-7-2) at Flyers (8-9-5)
WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
BROADCAST & STREAMING: TV– NBCSP; radio–97.5 FM.
SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Twitter, @BroadStBull
KEY PLAYERS: The Islanders’ captain and best player, John Tavares did not register a shot on goal Wednesday night. You would think this would not be a recipe for success. But it was Tavares’ hard work against Sean Couturier in the Flyers defensive zone that eventually allowed Tavares to feed Josh Bailey for the overtime game-winner in front. Bailey had three points in the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime victory. … A ray of hope for the Flyers amid a six-game losing streak is the secondary scoring they received Wednesday. Michael Raffl and Taylor Leier each notched a goal. For Raffl, at one point a 20-goal scorer, it was his first point dating to Jan. 7 of last season. He had six shots on the net.
THINGS TO KNOW: So much for good starts. The streak of the Flyers’ scoring first and still losing is up to four games. One big reason: After yielding two more in their loss to the Isles on Wednesday, the Flyers have allowed seven power-play goals in 13 chances over their last three games to drop to 28th in the NHL, at 75 percent. The recent barrage has come since Radko Gudas was ejected for slashing Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault across the back of the neck eight days ago. Gudas will serve the fourth game of his 10-game suspension today. Wayne Simmonds’ goal-less streak is now at 14. The Isles were 7-10-4 at this juncture a season ago. They enter today’s game three points behind Metropolitan Division-leading Columbus.
HEAD TO HEAD: The Flyers have a 136-90-26-11 advantage all-time and won three of four against the Islanders last season. They are 0-0-1 thus far this season. The teams will meet again on Jan. 4 in Philadelphia.
Monday: 7 p.m. at Pittsburgh
Tuesday: 7 p.m. San Jose
Saturday: 1 p.m. Boston