The numbers speak for themselves. 18 losses to the Flyers in the past 19 games. 11 straight in Philadelphia. Their last win here? April 7, 2007. And the last visit to Broad Street was a brutal one--a 6-1 shellacking with Rick DiPietro in net October 30.
But the Islanders hope they can usher in a new era with Jack Capuano's first game at Wells Fargo Center since taking over for Scott Gordon in November.
"You try to instill the belief and confidence they have in each other, but at the end of the day it comes down to the leadership in that room and guys getting tired of losing to a team too many times."
In the past the Flyers have come out buzzing from the start, Frans Nielsen said, and the Islanders have to be better prepared for that tonight."
"We just can't get outworked," Nielsen said. "Their whole lineup is a bunch of great players. They have some tremendous, highly-skilled guys, so if you get outworked, you just have no chance."
Al Montoya will make his 4th consecutive start tonight. Mark Katic will make his NHL debut as an emergency recall for injured defensemen Radek Martinek (lower body) and Milan Jurcina (groin).
Nik Zherdev cleared waivers this afternoon.