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Rematch vs. Flyers tomorrow

The Islanders have a chance to kill two birds with one stone tomorrow in their rematch against Philly at Nassau Coliseum.

They can put the brakes on a brutal six-game losing streak, as well as atone for the atrocious 6-1 loss suffered against the Flyers exactly one week prior.

"We went into their building, they beat us 6-1 and we got embarrassed," defenseman James Wisniewski said after last night's 4-1 loss to Ottawa. "It's been a downfall since then. This can give us a little redemption."

In that bloodbath last Saturday the Islanders piled up 72 penalty minutes, including four misconducts/game misconducts to Trent Hunter, Zenon Konopka, Trevor Gillies and Frans Nielsen.

Given the bad blood that surely remains with these two teams, that chippiness is likely to continue tomorrow.

"It's not a contact sport for nothing," enforcer Trevor Gillies said. "Both teams are going to hit and I'm looking forward to it."

The Flyers will be without Danny Briere, who was given a three-game suspension for cross-checking Frans Nielsen in hte head in the final minute of the game Saturday.

"He got called on that one but he had two others in the game --one on Hunter and one on Gillies--Gillies gets six minutes, Hunter gets 5 and (a game misconduct), and here’s a guy that thinks he just has free reign to cross-check people in the back, the shoulder, the head. I think it's well-deserved," coach Scott Gordon said about the three-game ban earlier this week.

When asked about Briere's remarks that he was "protecting himself" against the mild-mannered Danish center, Gordon chuckled.

"Yeah, Fransie is a killer."




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