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Edmonton Oilers at New York Islanders [Game 15]

The preseason Stanley Cup favourites come to town reeling

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
7:00 PM EST
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League Value Metric Value League
30th 34.6% Points Percentage 60.7% 9th
25th 14.63% Power Play Percentage 22.45% 9th
31st 67.44% Penalty Kill Percentage 81.25% 13th
31st 82.08% Combined Special Teams 103.70% 11th
31st 2.31 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.86 2nd
22nd 3.31 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.29 21st
19th -.15 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .07 14th
3rd 53.93% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 51.21% 11th
1st 55.35% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 49.50% 15th
29th 97.55% P.D.O. (5V5) 102.46% 5th
30th 5.45% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 10.47% 3rd
15th 92.10% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.99% 16th
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
The Copper & Blue

The New York Islanders take to their home ice once again to take on the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton came into the season as Stanley Cup favourites and - whoops. They're 30th out of the league's 31 teams in points percentage thanks in large part to a penalty kill that would nauseate the early Greg Cronin penalty kill teams.

Edmonton is still dangerous of course. Any team with Connor McDavid has the potential to put up some points and their possession metrics have been out of this world. Unfortunately for them the aforementioned penalty kill coupled with a sub-par power play, bad shooting percentage, and a penchant for taking penalties has lead to an awful start.

As for the Islanders, their run of luck continues. The team already boasted one of the league's best P.D.O.'s at even strength and Jonathan Bernier did nothing to decrease that in their last game as he allowed six goals. Former Islander Blake Comeau left the game with an injury at the same time that the Colorado Avalanche traded Matt Duchene resulting in a game of 16 on 18 in favour of the Islanders.

Doug Weight spoke after that game and stated that he was not happy with the Islanders effort particularly down the stretch, though he didn't name any passengers. With that being said, Dennis Seidenberg is out of tonight's game, something that very few people will be unhappy with. He'll be replaced with the Islanders relative possession leader in Thomas Hickey who might have been disciplined for his play against Tom Wilson which arguably lead to a game winning goal for the Washington Capitals.

Thomas Greiss is back in net for the Islanders as he had played well in their last match with the exception of two quick goals at the end. Greiss was visibly frustrated with his team's effort at the end of the game in front of him. Edmonton will counter with the workhorse Cam Talbot who has played more games in net than any other goalie in the N.H.L. over the last two seasons.

Edmonton Oilers Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Patrick Maroon Connor McDavid Leon draisaitl
Milan Lucic Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Anton Slepychev
Jussi Jokinen Ryan Strome Drake Caggiula
Iiro Pakarinen Mark Letestu Zack Kassian
Left Defence Right Defense
Darnell Nurse Adam Larsson
Oscar Klefbom Matt Benning
Kris Russell Eric Gryba
Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd Matt 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 Ryan Pulock
Thomas Hickey Scott Mayfield
Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak