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February 10, 2019 - 11:42 pm
Two Metropolitan Division rivals looking for answers face each other in a Saturday matinee in Philadelphia.The New York Islanders http://www.officialbluejackets…..ard-jersey , 0-4-1 in their last five games, have to find a way to score some goals — and will go against a Flyers team that has to find a way to stop them.The Islanders (3-4-1 overall and in the middle of playing six of seven games on the road) have scored eight goals during the five-game stretch and blew a 2-0 lead before losing 3-2 in overtime to the Florida Panthers in Brooklyn Wednesday night.Article continues below …“We did it to ourselves a little bit,” New York coach Barry Trotz said after Mike Hoffman’s winner for Florida 33 seconds into overtime. “We took some penalties, had some turnovers… We just weren’t on our toes enough unfortunately in the third. You don’t want to sit back when you have the lead.”The Flyers, 3-0 losers in Boston Thursday night, have been outscored 7-1 in losing two straight. They have dropped three of their last four to fall to 4-6-0 and were 29th in the NHL in goals against through Thursday night action. They were tied for last place in the league with an .865 save percentage.Along those lines, there will be a change in goal for Philadelphia Saturday as Michael Neuvirth returns from injury to play his first game of the season.“We don’t need a goaltender to go in and necessarily be the spark,” coach Dave Hakstol said Friday. “That’s not what we’re asking. We need everyone to go out and do their job, but somebody’s got to be the spark. I’ll guarantee you that. Somebody’s got to be the spark to push us in the right direction.“I don’t know if that will be a goaltender Anthony Mantha Jersey , a defenseman, one of our forwards. I don’t know if it’s gonna be a great defensive play or a highlight-reel goal or a big save. But yeah, we need a spark from an area in our lineup to just push us in the right direction. That’s what builds some of the confidence and some of the swagger that we’re talking about.”Neuvirth, who has battled lower body injuries, comes in 7-2-1 with a 1.76 goals against average and .923 save percentage lifetime against the Isles. He made 31 saves in a conditioning game in the AHL Wednesday.“I feel like my game is where it needs to be right now,” Neuvirth said. “Obviously I haven’t played much. Who knows what’s going to happen? But I’m feeling good now and I’m ready to go.”The Flyers have some ugly numbers across the board — 20th in goals per game, 23rd on the power play and 30th in penalty killing.The Islanders, who have split two games in Philly each of the last four years, were 22nd in goals per game Darren Helm Jersey , 15th in goals against and power play and 20th on the penalty kill.They gave up two power play goals on five chances in their latest loss.“Coming home from a trip, having a two-goal lead and not getting two points is frustrating,” Brock Nelson said. “You’ve got to find a way to get a kill.”Robin Lehner, 2-1- with a 2.67 goals against average and .926 save percentage, starts Saturday for the Isles, who have a back-to-back this weekend and will start Thomas Greiss Sunday at Carolina. Lehner is 2-5-0 with a 3.18 goals against average and .897 save percentage lifetime against the Flyers. CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Scheifele and the Winnipeg Jets just keep rolling along.Another long night was no big deal.Scheifele scored twice, including 50 seconds into overtime, and the Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Friday for their fourth consecutive victory.“Tonight wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we’re definitely happy to get it done http://www.officialredwings.co…..kin-jersey ,” Scheifele said.Winnipeg appeared to be headed for a 3-2 win before Erik Gustafsson drove a one-timer from the top of the slot past Laurent Brossoit with 7.5 seconds remaining in the third period, tying the game for Chicago.But the Jets shook it right off in overtime. Scheifele dug the puck out from behind the net, skated around the side and beat Corey Crawford for his 20th goal of the season.“I just came out and no one came to me,” Scheifele said. “I was actually looking for (Blake Wheeler) to come down the far side, but they kind of let me go and I just found the spot.”Scheifele has four goals and seven assists during a four-game point streak, including goals in each of his last three games. He has 19 goals and 21 assists in his last 27 games overall.“He’s almost at the playoff level he was last year,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.Patrik Laine and Mathieu Perreault also scored as Winnipeg leapfrogged idle Nashville for the top spot in the Western Conference. Blake Wheeler collected three more assists to run his team-high total to 38, second in the league behind Colorado star Mikko Rantanen.The Jets (21-9-2) won for the eighth time in nine games overall as they continue one of their busiest stretches of the season. They were coming off a 5-4 overtime victory at Edmonton on Thursday night, part of a stretch of 12 games in the first 22 days of December.“You can play really well against them for 58 minutes Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids , but it only takes just an instant and then it’s in the back of your net,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said.Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist for last-place Chicago (10-19-5), which lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Crawford finished with 38 saves.The Blackhawks also lost 6-3 at Winnipeg on Tuesday. They have dropped their last four against the Jets overall.“A good, solid team effort,” Toews said. “Nothing we can be too negative or worked up about. We gave ourselves a chance to win. Unfortunately came up short.”The game was tied at 2 when Perreault hopped out of the penalty box, got a pass from Scheifele and beat Crawford on the stick side with 17.2 seconds left in the second period. The forward extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his sixth of the season.The Blackhawks got a power-play chance in the third when Dmitry Kulikov was sent off for hooking at 16:25. But the NHL’s worst power play came up empty, and Chicago lost the man advantage when John Hayden was whistled for high sticking 48 seconds after Kulikov’s penalty.Brossoit had 34 stops for Winnipeg, which equaled its longest win streak of the season.The Jets jumped in front after Toews was sent off for hooking 13:37 into the first. Schiefele got a cross-ice pass from Wheeler and drove a one-timer by Crawford for the power-play goal.After Toews got the lead for Chicago with his two goals, continuing his comeback season Gordie Howe Jersey , Laine tied it at 2 when he beat Crawford stick side with a wicked wrist shot 15:56 into the second. Laine also scored in the victory over the Oilers and leads the Jets with 23 goals.“It was a tough back-to-back, tough turnaround, pretty quick,” Wheeler said. “We knew we had to stick with it the first 10 minutes. Just keep grinding.”NOTES: Gustafsson returned to the lineup after missing two games due to an illness. … Blackhawks C Artem Anisimov (concussion protocol), D Gustav Forsling (shoulder) and D Brandon Davidson (right knee surgery) participated in the morning skate. … The Jets activated D Joe Morrow (lower body) from injured reserve. … Blackhawks D Jan Rutta cleared waivers and was assigned to Rockford of the AHL.UP NEXTJets: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday night.Blackhawks: Host San Jose on Sunday night.
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