The Flyers, with burly defenseman Nick Grossmann returning to the lineup, will try to push their points percentage over .500 for the first time in nearly two months Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.

The speedy New York Islanders stand in their way.

The Isles, who have scored 1-0 (shootout) and 7-4 wins over the Flyers this season, feature one of the NHL's most potent offenses, although they have been slowed since losing top-line right winger Kyle Okposo recently with a detached retina.

"They're one of the best teams in the league, there's no secret about that," said Grossmann, who has missed the last 10 games with an injury to his right shoulder. "They have a lot of good legs, a lot of good skill up front, a few pieces in the back end, and a good goalie. It's going to be a good test for us."

The Flyers (22-22-7) will be aiming for their first five-game winning streak since last March; the Islanders (32-17-1) have lost three straight. Since 2007, the Flyers have a 17-1-2 home record against the Isles.

Grossmann said that it may take him "a few shifts, maybe a period" to get his timing back, but that he felt 100 percent healthy and had no limitations. He will replace Carlo Colaiacovo, who helped the Flyers go 6-4 in Grossmann's absence.

Grossmann, who had been paired with Mark Streit before being injured, will be matched with Andrew MacDonald because coach Craig Berube doesn't want to break up the other duos. Streit will be with Nick Schultz and Michael Del Zotto with Luke Schenn.

Goalie Steve Mason said Grossmann has a calming effect on the defense.

"Every night you know what you're going to get from him," said Mason, owner of a 1.15 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage in his last six games. "Steady play, blocks a lot of shots and communicates well, which is such an underrated thing - not only with myself, but with everybody out there. He gives me an extra set of eyes out there."

Mason said there's "an art" to blocking shots, "where you're getting a lot of it, and not just a piece of it and it changes direction and keeps on coming. Grossy does a great job of getting in front of the entire thing and making sure the puck stops with him."

Rookie Scott Laughton is expected to return to the lineup after missing seven games with a concussion. Laughton would center Ryan White and Wayne Simmonds, who would play with his 14th line combination.