Islanders visit FlyersDecember 8, 2009
@ Wachovia Center: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New York Islanders (11-11-7, 29 pts)
Philadelphia Flyers (13-13-1, 27 pts)
Game time : 7:00 pm
TV: MSG Plus
News and Notes: The struggling Flyers look to avoid a sixth consecutive loss while trying for a 12th straight victory over the Islanders. Peter Laviolette took over as the new Flyers coach last week and players are optimistic the change could lead to positive results. Laviolette guided Carolina to the 2006 Stanley Cup and coached the Islanders to a pair of playoff appearances in two seasons on Long Island from 2001-03. Though New York (11-11-7) is two points better than the Flyers, it’s 0-8-3 against Philadelphia since a 4-3 home win Feb. 12, 2008. The Islanders are 0-6-1 at Philadelphia since winning 4-2 there April 7, 2007. New York dropped to 1-2-0 on its five-game road trip with a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Islanders went 0 for 6 on the power play and failed to convert on a 1 minute, 21 second 5-on-3 advantage in the first period. Backup and one-time Flyer Martin Biron could be in net trying to snap a three-game losing streak. He’s 2-8-2 with a 3.04 GAA this season and 8-4-0 with two ties and a 1.70 GAA against his former team. Andy Sutton will probably return this weekend, and Captain Doug Weight is expected to start practicing next week.