Written by: Eric Conway
The Islanders will look to avenge their tough loss on Saturday against the Bruins tonight as they head to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers. This is the fifth of six meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals. The Flyers have won all four meetings this season so far, with three of the four wins coming by a score of 2-1.
With the Islanders playoff hopes dangling by a thread, this is as close to a must win game in March as you will see in the NHL. They have slipped down to second to last in the Eastern Conference and are a lofty 9 points back of the 8th and final playoff spot occupied now by the Boston Bruins. The Isles have only 17 games remaining on their schedule to make a run at the last spot. In my estimation, they would have to win at least 12 of those games to be in the running.
I am feeling extremely bold today and will say that the Isles will snap their winless streak against the Flyers tonight by a score of 5-3. To further make myself look insane, I will even predict a goal by John Tavares that will snap his 17 game drought without a goal. The kid had 15 goals in his first 31 games in the NHL and today he is going to break out of this abominable slump.
I know Isles fans are down right now, but you really have to look at the positives of this season. With a win tonight, the team surpasses their point total of a year ago where they finished dead last in the league. Hopefully the Islanders can muster up a total team effort and get the victorty tonight considering it will be nationally televised on Versus. Puck drops at 7:30 PM eastern time. Hopefully, the picture above will bring back some memories…