Series (Game 6 of 6)

Philadelphia leads 6-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 30th
Game 2: Saturday, November 6th
Game 3: Sunday, December 5th
Game 4: Thursday, February 24th
Game 5: Saturday, March 26th
Game 6: Saturday, April 9th

Islanders 4

(30-39-13, 73 pts)

Flyers 7

(47-23-12, 106 pts)

7:00 PM ET, April 9, 2011

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
NYI 3 1 04
PHI 3 2 27

A. Meszaros (Flyers - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

S. Hartnell (Flyers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Boucher (Flyers - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .962

Islanders-Flyers Preview


The Philadelphia Flyers' longest losing streak of the season has put the Atlantic Division title on the line in their regular-season finale.

Ending the slide in any fashion will clinch the crown -- and they couldn't have a more ideal opponent.

The Flyers look to head into the playoffs with their first division title in five seasons by continuing their domination of the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia (46-23-12) dropped its fifth straight, 4-3 in overtime at Buffalo on Friday as the Sabres clinched a playoff spot.

"It's so frustrating," right wing Danny Briere said. "We're not looking at positioning as much as trying to come up rolling to start the playoffs."

Positioning would be helped significantly, as the Flyers are tied with Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic.

Clinching first in the division would also give Philadelphia the second seed in the Eastern Conference, and an opening-round playoff matchup versus either Buffalo or Montreal. Conceding the Atlantic to the Penguins would mean dropping to fourth and facing Tampa Bay.

Due to an insurmountable advantage in the tiebreaker involving non-shootout victories, the Flyers just need to win its season finale to secure their first division championship since 2005-06. The Penguins are off until visiting Atlanta on Sunday.

Facing the Islanders (30-38-13) could be more than enough for Philadelphia to win the Atlantic.

The Flyers have won 20 of the last 21 meetings with New York, and 12 in a row at Philadelphia. That dominance continued with a 4-1 win on March 26 on Long Island.

Jeff Carter, who scored against the Islanders last month, has 19 goals and 22 assists in 38 career meetings. The right wing has been even better in 19 home matchups, totaling 14 goals and 13 assists while finding the back of the net nine time over the last eight contests.

Briere is trying to create his own momentum heading into the playoffs, and his goal Friday gave him a career-high of 33 while ending a personal six-game drought. He's struggled over his last 11 home games, scoring just twice, but he has nine goals and 10 assists in 17 games against New York.

The Islanders are already assured of a fourth consecutive last-place finish in the Atlantic, and enter the finale as losers in six of seven after falling 4-3 in a shootout to the Penguins on Friday.

Blake Comeau scored twice and is putting together a strong season-ending stretch with six goals in six games. The left wing has career highs of 24 goals and 46 points, but scored just once in five season meetings with the Flyers.

Michael Grabner is trying to reinforce his case to be considered for the Calder Trophy. His 33 goals rank among the rookie leaders, and he has two goals and one assist over the last two games.

However, Grabner doesn't have a point in four games versus Philadelphia.