NHL on NBCSN: Flyers visit Brooklyn, look to rebound from tough loss to Pens

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Tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers — fresh off an ugly 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, and losing goalie Michal Neuvirth (lower body) for the next three weeks — will look to get things back on track with a strong showing in Brooklyn against the Isles.

You can catch the game on NBCSN (7:30 p.m. ET), or watch live online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


Some game notes to pass your way:

• Tonight’s game features two Metropolitan Division teams separated by 5 points. The Islanders occupy the 1st Wild Card spot, while the Flyers are the first team out of the playoff picture – 3 points behind DET.

•  The Islanders are 3 points behind NYR for 3rd in the division. The Rangers host the Panthers tonight.

• Both the Flyers and Islanders are coming off bad losses on Saturday. The Flyers lost at home 4-1 to the Penguins, putting up a season-low 17 shots, while the Islanders lost on the road 3-0 to the Stars. The Islanders have now lost 3 straight (0-2-1), and have not lost 4 straight games all season.

• On Sat, the Flyers lost in regulation for the first time in over 2 weeks (lost 4-0 to EDM on Mar 3). The loss ended a 6-game point streak (5-0-1). The Flyers haven’t lost 2 straight in regulation since early February (@WAS & ANA on Feb 7 & 9).

• The Islanders are 1-3-2 in their last 6 games since losing Jaroslav Halak to injury. Halak suffered a lower-body injury in NYI’s 2-1 vs PIT on March 8. NYI was 11-2-1 from Feb 7 – March 8.

• NYI’s loss on Saturday left them outside the top 3 in the Metropolitan for the first time since Feb 6. After briefly holding the 2nd Wild Card spot last week, PHI is now 3 points behind DET for the final Wild Card spot.

• The Flyers are also without a goaltender – they announced Sunday that former Islander Michal Neuvirth will be out for the remainder of the regular season (3 weeks) with a lower-body injury. Steve Mason will take over the starter’s role in Neuvirth’s absence.

• Neuvirth is 17-8-4 on the season with a 2.28 GAA and a .925 SV%. He had won 4 of his last 5 starts.

• Mason is 17-16-8 this season with a 2.62 GAA and .915 SV%. He is 4-1-1 in his last 7 starts.

• Mason started all 3 previous meetings vs NYI this season, going 1-1-0. He was pulled in PHI’s 4-3 shootout loss on Dec 8 after allowing 3 goals on 10 shots.

• Backup Anthony Stolarz, who was called up on Sunday, has never played in an NHL game.

• Though PHI has gone 4-1-1 so far in a 7-game stretch vs current playoff teams, the loss of Neuvirth comes at a bad time for the Flyers. PHI has 4 remaining back-to-back sets (including tonight & tomorrow at CBJ).

• Their final 6 games are 3 separate back-to-backs in the final 9 days of the season (4/2 – 4/10).

• 8 of NYI’s final 12 games will be at home, where they have not lost in regulation since the All-Star Break. The Islanders are 6-0-1 in their last 7 home games.

• This is the 4th meeting between these 2 teams this season. They will meet again on the final day of the regular season – Sunday April 10 (a makeup game from Jan 23, which was postponed due to weather). NYI won the first 2 before PHI won the most recent 4-0. The Isles are 6-2-0 in their last 8 reg. season games vs PHI, and have won 4 straight home games vs Philly.

Jakub Voracek returned to the lineup Sat. after missing 9 games with a left foot injury. He had 1 shot in 13:46 ice time, his 4th-lowest this season, in the loss. He has 48 pts (10G-38A) this season, tied for 3rd on the team. Voracek had 17 pts (5G-12A) in the 16 games before getting hurt, leaving him now with 17 pts in his last 17 games.

• The Flyers begin a 4-game road trip tonight. Flyers captain Claude Giroux said, “I think it is good we are going on the road. We’ve got a tight group here. To go city to city to play some tough teams, it is going to be a really good challenge for us and be some fun.” PHI is 4-3-2 in its last 9 road games.

• Rookie d-man Shayne Gostisbehere has 4 goals in his last 6 games, but 0 points in 2 straight games. 15 of Gostisbehere’s 16 goals this season have tied the game or taken a lead.

• Gostisbehere is the 14th rookie d-man in NHL history with 16+ goals, joining Hall of Famers Brian Leetch, Phil Housley and Ray Bourque, to name a few.

Brayden Schenn has 26 pts (14G-12A) in his last 26 games. Schenn has a career-high 48 points (24G-24 A) this season. His 24 goals this season is also a career-high.

• After going 11-2-1 from Feb 7-March 8, the Islanders have tapered off significantly. Since losing Halak to injury, they have gone 1-3-2.

• On Saturday night, Islanders coach Jack Capuano shuffled the lines, putting Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome on the same line as John Tavares.

Thomas Greiss is expected to make his first start vs PHI this season. In the 5 games he’s started since Halak’s injury, Greiss has gone 1-3-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .918 SV%.

• This season, Greiss is 19-9-4 with a 2.26 GAA and .928 SV%.