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St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders [Game 3]

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In which we find out which of the two Islanders teams shows up

Fun fact - The last time the Islanders didn't wear the thirds against the Blues, Michael Grabner was apparently still with the team
Fun fact - The last time the Islanders didn't wear the thirds against the Blues, Michael Grabner was apparently still with the team
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1:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
1120 AM KMOX FSMW Barclay's Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
1st 100.0% Points Percentage 50.0% 14th
3rd 33.33% Power Play Percentage .00% 26th
20th 77.78% Penalty Kill Percentage 83.33% 15th
8th 111.11% Combined Special Teams 83.33% 27th
6th 1.50 Goals +/- per Game (All Situations) -1.00 20th
5th 4.50 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.00 11st
11th 3.00 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 4.00 21th
18th -.644 Penalty +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5) -.599 17th
24th -9.02 Shot Attempt +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5) 5.39 9th
21st -4.51 Unblocked Shot Attempt +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5) 2.99 10th
23rd -4.51 Shot on Goal +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5) 2.99 11st
19th -.28 Expected Goal +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5) .83 5th
8th 103.52% P.D.O. (5V5) 97.19% 22nd
7th 11.36% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 5.88% 20th
13rd 92.16% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.30% 18th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Corsica.Hockey
The Enemies' Lair
St. Louis Game Time

The New York Islanders take back to the Barclay's Center ice to take on the St. Louis Blues in a holiday afternoon game. The Islanders did not look good in their first game of the season, losing to the columbus Blue Jackets by a score of five to nothing in Ohio. Fortunately they were able to return to their home ice the next day and beat up on the Buffalo Sabres in a win that was abetted by two short-handed goals on the same penalty kill and an empty net goal.

Fans are hoping that the win will help to set the tempo for today's game. The victory against certainly boosted the fan base's confidence - the minimum ticket prices went up by over 300 percent after the win. Beyond that, the team always does well in afternoon games (there may be a modicum of sarcasm built into that statement).

There are no lineup changes to speak of for the Islanders. Cal Clutterbuck is still out with a hip injury and with no other forwards to speak of on the team, the decision to keep the forwards the same was a pretty obvious one. Dennis Seidenberg played horrifically in the first game and Scott Mayfield performed amicably in the second, so there probably won't be many changes there anytime soon despite Ryan Pulock waiting in the wings.

The Blues are currently undefeated through two games due in no small part to a power play that's hit on two out of their six chances and a high P.D.O. There's been a great deal of puck luck there as their possession numbers haven't been what anybody would consider solid. If the Islanders can avoid the penalty box and Thomas Greiss rebounds, they should be able to take this one.

St. Louis Blues Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Vladimir Sobotka Paul Stastny Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz Brayden Schenn Dmitrij Jaskin
Magnus Paajarvi Oskar Sundqvist Tage Thompson
Scottie Upshall Kyle Brodziak Chris Thorburn
Left Defence Right Defense
Joel Edmundson Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn Robert Bortuzzo
Goalies
Jake Allen
Carter Hutton

New York Islanders Lineup

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