NHL On Tap: Flyers look to rebound against Islanders

Flyers trying to climb out of tough spot

The Philadelphia Flyers are the only team to defeat the New York Islanders in regulation at Nassau Coliseum this season. They need to do it again (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, NBCSP, NHL.TV) or at the very least get two points by winning in overtime or the shootout to try to get themselves righted after losing 6-1 at the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. The Flyers (17-14-4) need to find answers quickly in order to claw back into the top four in the eight-team MassMutual East Division standings. They’re tied for fifth with the New York Rangers, three points behind the Boston Bruins. The top four teams in each of the four divisions qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Philadelphia defeated the Islanders 4-3 at the Coliseum on March 18, one day after losing 9-0 to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders (23-10-4) defeated Philadelphia 6-1 on March 20. The Islanders, 14-1-2 at home this season, are coming off an 8-4 win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday. So much is made about their defensive shutdown ability (they allow 2.35 goals against per game, third in the NHL), but the Islanders have scored at least four goals in 12 of 37 games this season. They can light it up, and the Flyers must try to keep them away from the switch. — Dan Rosen, senior writer

Strome, Fox rolling for Rangers

Ryan Strome and Adam Fox will each try to extend his point streak for the New York Rangers when they play at the Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, MSG 2, NHL.TV). Strome, a forward, had an assist in a 3-2 overtime win at the Sabres on Thursday to extend the NHL’s longest-active point streak to 11 games (16 points; two goals, 14 assists) and assist streak to 10. Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch is the only player in Rangers history to have a longer assist streak (23 assists in 15 games, 1991-92). Fox, a defenseman, assisted on the overtime goal by center Mika Zibanejad to extend his point streak to nine games (16 points; two goals, 14 assists). The Rangers (17-15-4) are 7-3-1 in their past 11 games and have won two straight. The Sabres (7-23-6) are 1-15-4 in their past 20 games and 1-2-2 against the Rangers this season. — Mike G. Morreale, staff writer

Wild look to close gap on Golden Knights

The Minnesota Wild can tighten the race in the eight-team Honda West Division when they play at the Vegas Golden Knights (9 p.m. ET, ATTSN-RM, BSN+, NHL.TV). The Wild (22-11-2) are in third place, four points behind the first-place Colorado Avalanche and two behind the second-place Golden Knights (24-9-2). Minnesota gained ground by defeating Vegas 3-2 in a shootout Thursday. Goalie Cam Talbot has started five of the past six games and is 4-0-1 with a 1.55 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and one shutout in that stretch. He made 35 saves and stopped all three Vegas shooters in the shootout. The Wild have won three straight against the Golden Knights and are 3-1-1 against them this season. Vegas has lost consecutive home games for the first time under coach Peter DeBoer, who was hired Jan. 15, 2020. Defenseman Brayden McNabb scored for Vegas on Thursday, ending a 66-game drought. Prior to that, his last goal was Nov. 21, 2019. — Tim Campbell, staff writer

Saturday schedule

Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins, 1 p.m. ET (NHLN, SN360, NESN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

The Penguins look to extend the longest active winning streak in the NHL to six games. Bruins center David Pastrnak has scored 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 17 games against Pittsburgh in his NHL career.

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 1 p.m. ET (BSSUN, BSDET+, NHL.TV)

The Lightning are 1-3-0 in their past four games following a five-game winning streak but have won 16 straight home games against the Red Wings dating to Dec. 12, 2013. Detroit is 1-2-1 against Tampa Bay this season.

Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators, 3 p.m. ET (BSSO, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

The Predators, who had their six-game winning streak end Thursday, are tied with the Blackhawks for fourth place in the Discover Central Division. Chicago has lost three of its past four games. 

New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET (MSG-B, MSG 2, NHL.TV)

The Rangers have won four in a row against the Sabres, two in overtime, including a 3-2 win on Thursday. 

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+, MSG+, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

The Flyers are 2-4-1 in their past seven games. Islanders center Mathew Barzal has scored 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 16 games against Philadelphia in his NHL career.

Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET (NHLN, BSSO, BSSW+, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton looks to extend his NHL career-high home point streak to nine games. Forward Jason Robertson has scored a goal in three straight games and can become the first Stars/Minnesota North Stars rookie with a goal streak of at least four games since Don Barber scored a goal in five straight games for the North Stars from Feb. 27-March 10, 1990. 

Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. ET (BSFL, BSOH, NHL.TV)

The Blue Jackets are 1-4-1 in their past six games, outscored 18-10. The Panthers can extend their winning streak to a season-long five games.

Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET (CBC, SN, CITY, TVAS, NHL.TV)

The Senators trail the fourth-place Canadiens by 13 points in the Scotia North Division, but the teams have split six games this season.

Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, BSN+, NHL.TV)

The Wild are 9-3-1 in their past 13 games. Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is 6-12-0 against Minnesota in his NHL career, his worst record against any opponent.

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET (ALT, BSMW, NHL.TV)

The Blues have lost five straight, including a 3-2 loss Friday to the Avalanche, who are 11-0-2 in a 13-game point streak. Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer is 10-0-1 in his past 11 games and can tie Patrick Roy and Peter Budaj for the longest goalie point streak in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history. 

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. ET (NHLN, BSW, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

The Sharks look for their fourth straight win following a 3-0 victory at the Kings on Friday. Los Angeles is 0-3-0 in its past three games against San Jose, outscored 9-3.

Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers, postponed 

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