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New York Islanders at Anaheim Ducks [Game 4]

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The Islanders defensive leader in possession managed to score in his last game in Anaheim.  Will that continue tonight?
The Islanders defensive leader in possession managed to score in his last game in Anaheim. Will that continue tonight?
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10:00 PM E.S.T.
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ Honda Center PRIT 830 AM KLAA
League Value Metric Value League
16th 50.0% Points Percentage 50.0% 16th
27th .00% Power Play Percentage .00% 27th
15th 83.33% Penalty Kill Percentage 76.92% 23rd
27th 83.33% Combined Special Teams 76.92% 30th
21st -1.00 Goals +/- per Game (All Situations) -.67 20th
17th 2.67 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.33 24th
21st 3.67 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.00 13th
22nd -.67 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) -.67 22nd
12nd 1.34 Shot Attempt +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 Score Adjusted) -10.52 28th
12nd 1.45 Unblocked Shot Attempt +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 Score Adjusted) -3.55 20th
14th 1.15 Shot on Goal +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 Score Adjusted) -.95 18th
18th -1.64 Scoring Chance +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 Score Adjusted) -4.19 22nd
17th 98.28% P.D.O. (5V5) 99.30% 15th
24th 5.23% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 6.49% 19th
12th 93.05% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.81% 13rd
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Anaheim Calling

After starting off the season with three games against the eastern conference with an underwhelming three points in three games, the New York Islanders are headed out to California to battle the Anaheim Ducks. For Islander fans residing in the eastern time zone the N.H.L. has mercifully decided to get these 10 P.M. games out of the way early, but copious amounts of caffeine may be required for this one. The hosts have the same underwhelming record despite having much higher expectations given their finish last year.

There are no changes to the lineup for tonight's game much to the chagrin of fans looking to see Ryan Pulock provide some spark on the power play. The team has yet to score a power play goal in three games and have only four at even strength, so the offense has to become much better if they wish to stand any chance this year. They cannot rely on getting lucky on penalty kills to maintain victories. They'll have to push the pace tonight if they wish to stand any chance.

The Ducks have also failed to score any power play goals this year and have been abysmal on special teams in general, coming in at 30th of all teams in combined special teams percentages. They've also had their issues at even strength with their Corsi, Fenwick, and scoring chance margins per 60 minutes all ranking 20th or below. Numbers like that don't normally equate to victory they're lucky to come in with any points at all. They'll be looking to rebound from their first loss against the Calgary Flames at home since the league lost a season to the lockout.

The game of pong between the goalies continues tonight as Jaroslav Halak steps back in between the pipes to replace Thomas Greiss. Greiss really couldn't be faulted with the last loss; it was the offense which faltered. That said, it always appeared as though this would be a year filled with situational goaltending changes, so this should come as no surprise.

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Josh Bailey
Nikolay Kulemin Brock Nelson Jason Chimera
Anthony Beauvillier Casey Cizikas Josh Ho-Sang
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan Adam Pelech
Thomas Hickey Scott Mayfield
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

Anaheim Ducks Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Patrick Eaves Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano Rickard Rakell Jakob Silfverberg
Chris Wagner Antoine Vermette Logan Shaw
Dennis Rasmussen Derek Grant Jared Boll
Left Defence Right Defense
Cam Fowler Josh Manson
Francois Beauchemin Brandon Montour
Jaycob Megna Kevin Beiksa
Goalies
John Gibson
Reto Berra