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New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers [Game #80 Thread]

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Failing in the quest for 50 wins, the Islanders seek instead to avoid 30 regulation losses.

You have to crawl before you can block.
You have to crawl before you can block.
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The New York Islanders are in Philadelphia tonight to try to clinch a playoff spot (which could happen even if they lose) and sweep the Flyers (which could happen only if they win).

With Frans Nielsen (lower body, we think) and Matt Martin (shot by Boulton) out, Michael Grabner and Colin McDonald slot back in and Josh Bailey...plays center again? Looks like.

Meanwhile, for the Flyers, blessed Penguin-slayers that they are, Steve Mason is surprisingly good, the defense is still pretty bad, and it doesn't matter because they've done what they can for this season.

Islanders (46-27-6, 3rd/Metro) @ Flyers (32-29-18, 6th/Metro)
7 p.m. EDT | MSG+2 (twice the channel search!) | WRHU
[something less than Spectrum] Center/Place/Arena-maybe
Orange and black and Penguin-thumping: Broad Street Hockey

This is your nightly Brian Strait thread.