Posted March 28, 2013 on AP on Fox
The New York Islanders haven't been at their best at home, but their play on the road has them eying what could be their first playoff berth in six years. The Philadelphia Flyers continue to spiral out of contention, and are in danger of missing out on the postseason for the first time in six years. New York looks to win a fourth straight road game and send the Flyers to a fourth straight loss Thursday night in Philadelphia. The Islanders (15-15-3) trail the New York Rangers by two points for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference despite squandering most opportunities at Nassau Coliseum to make up ground in the standings. They suffered a 7-0 home loss to Philadelphia on Feb. 18 - their 29th defeat in the last 33 meetings - and their six home wins are the third-fewest in the league. New York has been much better away from Nassau Coliseum, going 9-4-1, with wins in five of its last six. The power play has been much better on the road, scoring on an NHL-best 29.7 percent of chances compared to 18.8 in Uniondale. New York, which last made the playoffs in 2007, won 3-2 at Washington on Tuesday in the first stop on a four-game trip. After blowing a 2-0 lead, Matt Moulson registered his 100th career assist, finding John Tavares for the game-winner with less than six minutes remaining. Moulson has nine assists over his last nine games, and Tavares ranks second in the league with 20 goals. "It was a big road win, and a great way to start the road trip," Tavares told the team's official website. "It's great, but the focus has to be on the next one. It's one game at a time, and we need as many wins as we can get here." Things continue to sour for Philadelphia (13-17-2), which has dropped three in a row and seven of nine after a 5-2 home loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. The Flyers are seven points back of the Rangers, and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 seems realistic with 16 games remaining. Third-period play continues to be a major issue as they're being outscored 36-21 on the season. Philadelphia is 1-11-0 when trailing after two periods. "Our third periods have not been a period where we've exercised a comeback or even put games away," coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's been something that's bit us this year." The Flyers also suffered another injury hit on Wednesday with general manager Paul Holmgren announcing that defenseman Andrej Meszaros was placed on injured reserve after he re-aggravated the left shoulder that already kept him out for over a month earlier this season. Philadelphia announced two days earlier that Danny Briere was out indefinitely with a concussion. The Islanders will try to corral Claude Giroux, who has 21 points in his last 15 games against New York. Giroux and Briere each had two goals and an assist in last month's meeting.

Islanders In The Playoff Mix

from Katie Strang of ESPN, The lockout-shortened season, with its compressed schedule and unique challenges, was bound to offer up a few surprises. Here’s one to consider: the New York Islanders sneaking into the playoffs. With roughly one month remaining and one week until the April 3 trade deadline, the Islanders find themselves in sole possession of ninth place...

Dr Jekyll and Mr Pedan

Andrey Pedan (OHL Images) Tuesday night was a wild and crazy night for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects as the unexpected becomes even wilder by the game. If you were on a lower seeded team then in most cases your team won leaving higher seeded teams trying to figure out what happened. Andrey Pedan (NYI 2011 3rd) has to be the luckiest prospect out there as...

Islanders 4, Flyers 3, SO

Colin McDonald scored two goals, Josh Bailey tallied the clinching score in the shootout and the New York Islanders won again on the road, coming up with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. John Tavares also scored for New York, which won its fourth straight on the road while improving to 10-4-1 away from home this season to pull into a tie with...

To the brink

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Moving on or moving out

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Dee Karl: The Tavares Line: From Zero to Hero

People forget hockey is a ‘game.’ As such, even the best at it will have their bad days and bad plays. That was all too evident last night against the Washington Capitals. The Islanders took an early two goal lead over the Capitals and it was in spite of their top line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes. Not only did I have to hear that fact in my own home...

Islanders 3, Capitals 2

John Tavares broke a tie with 5:18 left to help the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Matt Moulson forced a turnover by Washington defenseman Mike Green next to the Capitals' net and fed Tavares in the right circle for his 20th goal of the season. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders. Mike Ribeiro and John Carlson...

Preview: Flyers vs. Islanders 3/28/2013

The slumping Flyers face-off with the New York Islanders in the second game of five straight at the Wells Fargo Center at 7PM on Thursday night. After dropping game one of the home-stand 5-2 to the New York Rangers Tuesday night, the Flyers look to repeat their previous performance against the Islanders, a 7-0 drubbing [...]

Rapid Rewind: A Tough Two to Lose. Capitals 2, Islanders 3

The Isles took advantage of a slow start and mistakes to take two big points. (WP) For the second time this season, the New York Islanders have denied the Washington Capitals in their quest to win four consecutive games.  The Caps lost to New York 3-2 on Tuesday night at Verizon Center, dropping a golden chance to keep pace with the teams in front of them in the standings....

NYI Must Achieve Something They Haven’t All Season by   Jesse Dakss

Tuesday night saw the Islanders winning an absolutely essential game 3-2 in the nation’s capital. Halfway through the first period, they were up 2-0, only to see their lead slip away on an especially questionable second goal that Evgeni Nabokov needed to stop. So it was another game, another blown lead– the sixth 2+ goal [...]
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