Flyers Drop Ninth In RowThe 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown turned into a disaster for the Philadelphia Flyers (7-9-5), who were dealt their ninth defeat in a row (0-6-3) after being drubbed with a count of 6-1 by the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center yesterday. Philly outshot the visitors 30-29 and went 3-for-3 on penalty kill, but failed to convert on their only power-play chance and tallied just once in the third period after the Pens had already scored two snipes in each of the two previous frames. Kevin Hayes (6 goals, 20 points this year) lit the lamp for the Flyers, who are riding their longest skid since losing 13 in a row (0-10-3) less than a year ago.
Goalie Carter Hart (6-5-4 on the season with a 2.85 GAA and a .915 save percentage) conceded four markers on 21 shots in the first 33-and-a-half minutes of the game yesterday before being pulled for Felix Sandstrom (1-4-1 with a 3.14 GAA and a .901 save percentage), who made eight saves in relief. Sandstrom has never faced the New York Islanders before, while Hart has gone 3-3-3 versus the Isles historically with a 3.21 GAA and a .883 save percentage. The Flyers are top of the league in least goals scored per game this year (2.43), 14th in most goals allowed on average (3.24), 2nd from the bottom in power play (14.7%; 10-for-68) and 23rd in penalty kill (75.4%; 49-for-65).
Isles Win Third StraightThe New York Islanders (14-8-0) posted three victories in succession just for the second time this season after edging out the Columbus Blue Jackets with a score of 3-2 at Nationwide Arena last night. Brock Nelson (10 goals, 21 points this year) bagged the winner at 6:10 of the third period after the Isles failed to kill a 5-on-3 penalty in the middle frame, with the Blue Jackets tying the game at 2-2 with back-to-back snipes in a matter of 33 seconds on the same power play. Oliver Wahlstrom (6 goals, 12 points) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (6 goals, 14 points) also tallied for New York, which is 12-4-0 in its last 16 contests.
Goalie Ilya Sorokin stopped 24 shots yesterday to take his current performance status to 10-5-0 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.19 GAA and a .933 save percentage. He has recorded a 7-1-1 previous total versus Philadelphia with a 1.72 GAA and a .938 save percentage, while Semyon Varlamov (4-3-0 on the season with a 2.97 GAA and a .914 save percentage) is 8-3-2 against the Flyers in the past with a 2.83 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The Islanders, meanwhile, are 13th in most goals scored per game this year (3.27), 5th in least goals conceded on average (2.59), 17th in power play (21.5%; 14-for-65) and 7th in penalty kill (82.2%; 60-for-73).
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Having lost nine outings in succession (0-6-3), the Flyers are currently riding their longest skid since dropping 13 contests in a row (0-10-3) between Dec. 30, 2021-Jan. 25. For Philadelphia to extend this misery run to 10 matchups would most definitely not be a surprise given that the team is set to face the Islanders - a side it has lost to in eight of their most recent nine regular-season meetings. Still, do expect the Flyers to hang in there! They have not been beaten by more than one snipe in six of their last seven defeats to the Isles, who have not managed to triumph by a margin of at least two markers in nine of their previous 11 fixtures overall.
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Six of the previous eight head-to-head matchups between the Islanders and the Flyers have finished on the low-scoring side, averaging no more than 3.33 strikes per encounter. So, do expect no more than five markers on the scoresheet once again! When playing following a victory, the Isles have already witnessed just a minimal amount of goals scored on four of the past five occasions. Philadelphia, meanwhile, has cruised below the set snipe-mark in six straight meetings with teams that have conceded no more than two tallies in their previous fixture.