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Flyers vs. Islanders Tuesday NHL odds: Keith Yandle will set league's ironman record for consecutive starts; Philly poised for franchise winless record

There will be history made in the NHL on Tuesday night when the Flyers visit the Rangers.
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The Philadelphia Flyers have been massive disappointments this season – already having fired coach Alain Vigneault in early December. This team isn't going to the playoffs and is on a 12-game losing streak. However, there will be reason to celebrate something Tuesday at the New York Islanders as Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle will set the NHL record with his 965th regular-season start. In Monday's 3-1 loss to Dallas, Yandle tied the mark of 964 set by Doug Jarvis.

Jarvis played his 964 straight games over his entire career from Oct. 8, 1975 to Oct. 10, 1987 with Montreal, Washington and Hartford. He never played a game outside the streak, which is crazy. The streak started in Jarvis' debut as a 20-year-old and ended in his final career game at age 32.

The 35-year-old Yandle is in his first season with the Flyers; he also has played for the Coyotes, Rangers and, the previous five seasons, the Panthers. He has 13 assists in 42 games this season. His streak started March 26, 2009, with the Coyotes.

In January 2021, then-Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said publicly Yandle would not play the next game, but Quenneville ended up playing Yandle after a friend of Yandle's, legendary college basketball coach Rick Pitino, tweeted this on Jan. 15, 2021: "I've seen his mouth get destroyed and go back in the game. I can't understand why anyone would try and sabotage his iron man streak. Despicable and disappointing."

In a Nov. 23, 2019, game against the Hurricanes, Yandle lost nine teeth(!) after a puck hit him in the mouth during the first period. He returned for the third period, had emergency dental surgery the following morning and played against the Buffalo Sabres that night.

Again, this is regular-season games only because Yandle was a healthy scratch in three of Florida's playoff games last season. The Coyotes' Phil Kessel trails Yandle by only 24 games. Kessel's streak began Nov. 3, 2009.

The Major League Baseball ironman streak belongs to Cal Ripken Jr. with 2,632 games, the NFL's to former punter Jeff Feagles (352 games) and the NBA's to AC Green (1,192 games).

Philadelphia is 0-2 vs. the Islanders this season, losing 4-1 at New York last Monday and then 4-3 in a shootout in Philly last Tuesday. New York netminder Ilya Sorokin is 6-0-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average in seven career games against the Flyers and he should start Tuesday opposite Flyers No. 2 Martin Jones (6-7-2, 3.52 GAA, .902 SV).

The Flyers have never gone 13 straight games without a win. During the 1998-99 season, they went 12 in a row without a win – eight losses and four ties but obviously no ties these days. When the Flyers allow the first goal of a game this season, they are a comical 2-19-3.

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