While these are joyous times for the New York Islanders, these are frustrating circumstances for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Islanders attempt to get their season-high fourth straight victory while the Flyers look to stop a nine-game road losing streak Sunday night when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet at Barclays Center.
New York put together three straight wins for the third time this season. Their first two attempts to get a fourth consecutive victory have not gone well as the Islanders were handed a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 4 and a 6-4 drubbing at Minnesota on Dec. 29.
The loss in Minnesota was part of a stretch where the Islanders allowed 23 goals and were 2-3-2. The Islanders since have turned in eight out of nine scoreless periods under two different coaches to equal their longest streak of the season.
The streak began with a 4-0 win at Boston on Monday and it turned out to be Jack Capuano's last game as coach. A day later, Capuano was replaced by Doug Weight, who presided over a 3-0 blanking of Dallas in his debut Thursday.
J.F. Berube made his first start in more than a month Saturday and blanked the Los Angeles Kings for two periods. He wound up with 34 saves in a 4-2 victory that was highlighted by New York's first three power-play goal showing since March 29, 2015 against Detroit at the Nassau Coliseum. >> Read more
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