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New York Islanders at St. Louis Blues [Game 17]

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Schedule losses are bad.

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8:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ Scottrade Center FSMW 1120 AM KMOX
League Value Metric Value League
12th 56.3% Points Percentage 79.4% 2nd
29th 7.14% Net Power Play Percentage 14.04% 19th
15th 77.78% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 79.31% 13th
27th 84.92% Combined Special Teams Percentage 93.35% 15th
7th 3.44 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.29 10th
22nd 3.31 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 2.29 1st
13th .13 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) -.06 18th
12th 50.74% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.14% 3rd
16th 49.63% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.25% 5th
9th 101.56% P.D.O. (5V5) 102.61% 4th
5th 9.49% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 8.63% 12th
17th 92.06% Save Percentage (5V5) 93.98% 2nd
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
St. Louis Game Time

The New York Islanders had perhaps the worst loss of their young season last night, falling to the Dallas Stars by a score of five to nothing in a game where there wasn't a single player over 50 percent in five-on-five score adjusted Corsi. Doug Weight ripped the team's effort after the game, saying that a key to tonight's game was "Playing like they give a crap about winning the game." Needless to say they'll need to be a heck of a lot better tonight if they wish to defeat the second best team in the N.H.L. in the St. Louis Blues who also have the benefit of coming in rested against a tired Islanders team.

Anthony Beauvillier blocked a few shots off of his foot in garbage time. He didn't return to last night's game and is confirmed out for tonight's contest. Joshua Ho-Sang was recalled as an emergency call-up. Adam Pelech and Dennis Seidenberg are in for Ryan Pulock and Thomas Hickey.

Goalies rarely play on back-to-back nights barring some exceptional performances and Jaroslav Halak's performance last night was anything but. Thomas Greiss gets the nod in net tonight. The Islanders had the best five-on-five P.D.O. in the league less than ten days ago, but have since fallen to ninth thanks in no small part to the goaltending. One of the goalies will eventually have to stop the bleeding or the Islanders precipitous fall is only going to get worse.

St. Louis has been an astounding puck possession team and boasts a Norris front-runner in Alex Pietrangelo. They've also had stellar goaltending, have arguably the league's best defense, and are simply having a phenomenal season. The Islanders will need to play some of their best hockey if they hope to come away with a victory here. That makes scratching their two best possession defensemen particularly idiotic.

The puck drops at 8:05 P.M. E.S.T. Tonight's game will be on MSG+2 with the New Jersey Devils having the earlier start time. Here are the channel listings: