W2W4: Isles vs. Flyers

April, 9, 2013
4/09/13
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At a glance: The Islanders are gearing up for what would be their first playoff appearance in six years and have the opportunity to firm up their chances. Currently tied with the Rangers at 42 points, the Islanders have the chance to pass their division rivals with a win at home over the Flyers. Coming off a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg on Saturday, the Flyers' playoff hopes are rapidly waning but they've won seven straight on Long Island heading into Tuesday’s contest.

Strong stretch: Instead of desperately clawing for points to avoid elimination, the Islanders have gone 6-1-1 in their last eight games to put themselves in position to play on. The Isles have a tough week ahead, though. Following Tuesday’s game against the Flyers, the Isles travel to Boston to face the Bruins on Thursday before returning home to host the Rangers on Saturday.

Nabby in net: Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will make his 34th start of the season Tuesday against the Flyers. The 36-year-old netminder, who is 18-11-4 with a .906 save percentage and 2.64 GAA, squares off against Philly's Steve Mason. Mason was acquired by Philadelphia in a trade with Columbus last week.

Line to watch: The Islanders' second line of Josh Bailey, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo has been a productive one of late. Both Bailey and Nielsen have five points in the last four games, while Okposo has chipped in with a goal and an assist over the last two games.

Back in action: After missing Saturday’s game with the flu, Matt Moulson’s ironman streak came to an end at 284 games. But he returns to action Tuesday after missing the first Islanders game of his career. His consecutive games played streak ranks third in team history.

Hello, Brooklyn: The Islanders announced they will play their first game at Barclays Center, an exhibition match against the New Jersey Devils, on September 21, 2013.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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