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New York Islanders at Vegas Golden Knights [Game 50]

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This does not look promising.

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10:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ T-Mobile Arena ATRM 98.9 FM KRLV
League Value Metric Value League
20th 54.1% Points Percentage 72.3% 1st
24th 14.56% Net Power Play Percentage 16.34% 17th
29th 77.18% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 84.17% 13th
27th 91.74% Combined Special Teams Percentage 100.51% 17th
2nd 3.47 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.47 3rd
31st 3.65 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 2.68 7th
13th .18 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .30 6th
24th 48.02% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 52.29% 6th
28th 46.56% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.76% 3rd
6th 101.20% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.89% 11th
1st 9.67% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 8.65% 7th
27th 91.53% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.24% 19th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Knights on Ice

Well the New York Islanders are back on the ice to take on the league leader in points percentage, the Vegas Golden Knights. They know they're in for a tight matchup and have... dressed nearly the worst looking lineup possible. All that's missing is a Dennis Seidenberg.

Hockey is in large part a games of randoms so perhaps there's a chance in this one, but mixing Tanner Fritz, Ross Johnston, and Alan Quine on different lines is certainly feels like a recipe for disaster. This is getting rather tiresome - a quality head coach stuck in this situation would have the three of them on one line and limit their minutes, but that's not the case here. The top two lines will have their work cut out for them in this one.

Jaroslav Halak will be the starter in tonight's contest. He'll go up against Marc-Andre Fleury for the Golden Knights. Fleury is 11th in adjusted save percentage out of goalies with at least 10 starts - he'll be tested tonight by the Islanders who are the league's P.D.O. kings.

Puck drop is at 10:05 P.M. E.S.T. The game will air on MSG+.

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Jason Chimera Brock Nelson Tanner Fritz
Ross Johnston Alan Quine Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Scott Mayfield
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech Sebastian Aho
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss

Vegas Golden Knights Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Reilly Smith William Karlsson Jonathan Marchessault
David Perron Erik Haula James Neal
Brendan Leipsic Cody Eakin Alex Tuch
Oscar Lindberg Pierre-Edouard Bellemare William Carrier
Left Defence Right Defense
Deryk Engelland Shea Theodore
Jason Garrison Nate Schmidt
Colin Miller Brad Hunt
Goalies
Marc-Andre Fleury
Malcolm Subban