NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders hope Thomas Greiss' return between the pipes will allow them to resume their winning ways. The reeling Philadelphia Flyers, on the other hand, have many more issues to worry about than just their goalie.
The two Metropolitan Division teams will renew their rivalry Wednesday night, when the Islanders host the Flyers in a Thanksgiving Eve clash at Barclays Center.
Both teams are coming off losses in their most recent games. The Islanders last played Sunday, when they fell to the host Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2. The Flyers suffered their fifth straight defeat Tuesday night, when they were beaten 5-2 by the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
While the loss for the Islanders (11-7-2) snapped a three-game winning streak and cost them a chance to move into first place in the Metropolitan, it likely crystallized their goalie situation. Greiss, who was in net for all three wins, sat Sunday in favor of Jaroslav Halak, who suffered his third straight loss after stopping 28 shots. New York has been outscored 13-5 in Halak's last three starts.
"Obviously it's not the start I hoped for," Halak said following the game. >> Read more
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