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New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets [Game 32]

The Islanders face off against a team they lost five to nothing against for the second night in a row. Thanks schedule makers!

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7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ Nationwide Arena FSOH 97.1 FM WBNS
League Value Metric Value League
13th 59.7% Points Percentage 62.9% 9th
27th 12.38% Net Power Play Percentage 5.75% 30th
30th 77.89% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 85.19% 11th
31st 90.28% Combined Special Teams Percentage 90.93% 28th
2nd 3.55 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.84 22nd
28th 3.39 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 2.58 5th
7th .32 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .19 10th
17th 49.87% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 52.58% 7th
19th 48.55% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 52.85% 7th
8th 101.38% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.15% 15th
2nd 9.59% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 7.46% 20th
22nd 91.79% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.69% 10th
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
The Cannon

The New York Islanders are set to face off against a team that beat them five to nothing in their previous matchup for the second night in a row. Their attempts at retribution against the Dallas Stars went abhorrently last night as Dallas took a five to nothing lead, eventually downing the Islanders by a score of five to two. They'll have to be much better tonight if they hope to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets who sit atop the crazy Metropolitan division.

A key component to watch in this one will be a battle of futility - the Islanders penalty kill has been atrocious for the first three eights of the season while the Blue Jackets are just +5 in 87 power play opportunities. Something has to give there and it that could look really ugly. Beyond that, the Blue Jackets have had the better possession play on the year and have the benefit of a night's rest while the Islanders had to travel this morning instead of last night since their plane broke down which basically describes how things have been going for the Islanders as of late. They have gotten by so far this season by their terrific P.D.O. and as that regressed over the past few weeks, so has their record.

For the second night in a row the Islanders have a player returning from an injury; last night Johnny Boychuk returned and displaced Dennis Seidenberg while tonight Alan Quine comes in to displace Anthony Beauvillier. While going from Seidenberg to Boychuk is quite the upgrade, the move from Beauvillier to Quine is anything but as Quine brings his -10.58% relative Corsi percentage in five-on-five score adjusted situations with him - that's third worst out of all forwards with at least 100 minutes played and that comes with a 409 player sample size. Hopefully Doug Weight mixes the defensive pairings up as the decision to play the two righties in Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield together proved to be disastrous and could have easily been avoided by splitting up the two lefties in Calvin de Haan and Adam Pelech.

Thomas Greiss gets the call in net tonight since it's the second of a back to back. He'll square off against Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus. The puck drops at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T. and can be seen on MSG+.

Columbus Blue Jackets Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Lukas Sedlak Oliver Bjorkstrand
Matt Calvert Jordan Schroeder Tyler Motte
Left Defence Right Defense
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

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 Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan Adam Pelech
Ryan Pulock Scott Mayfield
Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak