Not to belabor the point, but, well, this point is worth belaboring: The Islanders have been beaten 15 straight times by the Flyers, making theirs the longest active winning streak over an opponent in the league.
The Islanders last beat the Flyers February 12, 2008 and tonight will be their last shot to snap the skid this season.
The Flyers remain the only Eastern Conference team that coach Scott Gordon has not beaten in his coaching career.
"It's not anything we're excited about, losing all those games but we're not that far off. We're certainly losing to a team that presents some challenges in a few areas. We're right there, we just haven't been able to finish the deal. It's going to turn eventually and hopefully it's tonight."
One thing Gordon has discussed in the past when facing the Flyers is the size mismatch it creates.
But the Islanders feel they can make up for that lack of size, regardless.
"We may not have much size, but we have grit," said Trent Hunter.
The Flyers will be without Jeff Carter and Daniel Carcillo tonight when trying to extend that streak to 16.
When asked how the current goaltending situation has impacted the team's current slide, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said their losses across the board have hit the team hard.
"When you start removing pieces, it gets more difficult," Laviolette said. "But we think Boucher is capable of giving us what he need in net."
*Martin Biron was first off the ice this morning so count on him starting against his former team.
**Bruno Gervais skated again on his own before the rest of the team took the ice; he said when he first skated four days ago, it didn't go too well. So, he took a day off, and has felt progressively better ever since. Today, he said he "felt great." Since he has not yet practiced with the team, however, Gervais is not ready to return.
***Islanders captain Doug Weight was around this morning, in a sling after undergoing successful shoulder surgery last week. Weight said everything went as planned and will be out of the sling in six weeks.
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