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Vancouver Canucks at New York Islanders [Game 24]

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The dreaded "first place on the line game facing one of the old goalies" game.

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7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
1040 AM CKST SN Barclay's Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
21st 54.2% Points Percentage 65.2% 7th
25th 14.44% Net Power Play Percentage 13.41% 28th
21st 75.29% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 76.00% 19th
22nd 89.74% Combined Special Teams Percentage 89.41% 24th
24th 2.75 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.65 3rd
8th 2.83 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.22 23rd
12th .21 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .30 9th
20th 49.21% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 50.73% 13th
20th 48.41% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 49.59% 15th
12th 100.97% P.D.O. (5V5) 101.57% 7th
14th 7.78% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.64% 2nd
7th 93.19% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.93% 20th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
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The New York Islanders welcome back some familiar faces in Thomas Vanek and Anders Nilsson as they take on the Vancouver Canucks back at Barclays. A win tonight would put the Islanders in first place in the absurd Metropolitan division as they continue their push for home ice. It would be the first time since March 10th of 2015 that the Islanders had first place.

The lineups look mostly the same. The only change will be to the fourth line where Anthony Beauvillier draws in for an injured Casey Cizikas. Jaroslav Halak had a good start in the last game, thus he gets to go again tonight.

Right now the Islanders are a superior team to Vancouver save for the special teams and goaltending. Possession metrics favor the Islanders, their defensemen are better, and their top two lines are better. If they don't take Vancouver lightly, then they should be looking at first place by the end of the night.

Vancouver Canucks Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Thomas Vanek Bo Horvat Sam Gagner
Sven Baertschi Alex Burmistrov Brock Boeser
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Loui Eriksson
Brendan Gaunce Markus Granlund Jake Virtanen
Left Defence Right Defense
Alexander Edler Derrick Pouliot
Michael Del Zotto Troy Stecher
Ben Hutton Christopher Tanev
Goalies
Anders Nilsson
Jakob Markstrom

New York Islanders Lineup

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