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New York Islanders at Washington Capitals [Game 13]

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Hickey is in, Pelech is out as the Islanders face the Capitals for the first time this season

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7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ Capital One Arena
NSWA 106.7 FM WJFK
League Value Metric Value League
8th 62.5% Points Percentage 45.8% 25th
30th 2.33% Net Power Play Percentage 10.81% 25th
21st 82.50% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 78.43% 28th
29th 84.83% Combined Net Special Teams 89.24% 27th
4th 3.75 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.00 16th
20th 3.17 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.42 24th
10th .25 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) -1.17 30th
13th 50.51% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 48.84% 19th
14th 49.62% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 48.42% 24th
1st 104.09% P.D.O. (5V5) 101.03% 13th
3rd 10.75% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.06% 11th
7th 93.33% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.97% 16th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Japers' Rink

It's back to the road for the New York Islanders after their one game stand at the Barclay's Center. They're just down the New Jersey Turnpike and I-95 as they take on the Washington Capitals. The Islanders and Capitals matchups have always resulted in at least a modicum of shady business and tonight's game shouldn't be any different as the two teams square off for the first time this season.

Adam Pelech has an undisclosed injury - he'll miss tonight's game as a result. Noted truculent goon and Islanders' defensive leader in relative Corsi percentage and relative Fenwick percentage Thomas Hickey draws into the lineup as a result. No other lineup changes will be made.

Jaroslav Halak will the third straight game for the Islanders tonight. Washington will counter with Braden Holtby who comes in well rested - his last game came in a five to two victory over the Edmonton Oilers where he stopped 38 shots. Holtby and Halak come in at ninth and tenth respectively in five-on-five save percentage on the season out of goalies that have played in at least five games.

The puck drops at 7:05 eastern time. Tonight's game is on plain old M.S.G.+ - no deuces required.

New York Islanders Lineup

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

Washington Capitals Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Jakub Vrana Nicklas Backstrom T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov Devante Smith-Pelly
Chandler Stephenson Lars Eller Tom Wilson
Nathan Walker Jay Beagle Alex Chiasson
Left Defence Right Defense
Christian Djoos John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov
Madison Bowey
Brooks Orpik Taylor Chorney
Goalies
Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer