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San Jose Sharks at New York Islanders [Game 8]

Seidenberg is back as the Islanders try to get past NHL .500.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
98.5 FM KFOX NSCA Barclay's Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
19th 50.0% Points Percentage 50.0% 19th
10th 23.08% Power Play Percentage 4.35% 30th
5th 85.71% Penalty Kill Percentage 80.95% 16th
8th 108.79% Combined Special Teams 85.30% 30th
24th 2.67 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.71 20th
12th 2.67 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.00 16th
21st -.33 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .29 10th
3rd 55.46% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 50.94% 13th
7th 52.17% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 51.70% 10th
26th 96.91% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.68% 15th
26th 5.98% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 7.14% 18th
25th 90.93% Save Percentage (5V5) 93.54% 7th
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Fear the Fin

Fresh off of their four to three vanquishing of the crosstown rivals in the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders return to their home ice tonight as they look to finish off the two game sweep of the San Jose Sharks for the season. Both teams hope to get above NHL .500 for the first time season. Only one of them will accomplish that task.

Thomas Greiss was astounding in the last game against the Sharks where he stopped every even strength shot he faced on route to a three to one victory that was aided by an empty net goal. He'll get the start against his former team once again tonight. Aaron Dell gets the start once again against the Islanders as Martin Jones started for the Sharks last night and pitched a 28 save shutout en route to a three to nothing victory.

Joshua Ho-Sang was scratched in the third leading to speculation that he wouldn't get the opportunity to play tonight. That speculation proved itself to be true - Anthony Beauvillier is in tonight in replace of Ho-Sang. On defense, Dennis Seidenberg has drawn into the lineup for Scott Mayfield who is apparently dinged up.

The Islanders come into this game rested with their top netminder in net against a Sharks team who traveled the entire country, played last night, and have their backup goalie in net. As a result, the Islanders should be able to garner possession easier, push the pace, and ultimately come away with the victory (or at least that's what the data shows). Will they take advantage of the opportunity or can the Sharks play the roll of spoiler?

San Jose Sharks Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Kevin Labanc Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski
Tomas Hertl Logan Couture Melker Karlsson
Timo Meier Chris Tierney Mikkel Boedker
Joonas Donskoi Ryan Carpenter Jannik Hansen
Left Defence Right Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Justin Braun
Joakim Ryan Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon Tim Heed
Aaron Dell
Martin Jones

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Brock Nelson Jason Chimera
Ryan Pulock Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan Adam Pelech
Thomas Hickey Dennis Seidenberg
Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak