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Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders [Game 58]

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These teams have too many characters in their names.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
97.1 FM WBNS FSOH
Barclays Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
19th 54.5% Points Percentage 52.6% 22nd
30th 12.10% Net Power Play Percentage 16.48% 17th
29th 76.06% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 76.65% 28th
30th 88.16% Combined Special Teams Percentage 93.13% 26th
26th 2.67 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.39 3rd
11th 2.82 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.68 31st
5th .27 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .26 6th
13th 50.88% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.09% 26th
14th 50.41% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 45.79% 29th
18th 99.93% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.96% 8th
25th 6.91% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.40% 2nd
8th 93.02% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.56% 25th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
The Cannon

The New York Islanders are back on Barclays Center ice as to take on one of the teams they need to jump in the division in the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Islanders are currently last in the Metropolitan in points percentage, but a win here would see them jump the would see them leap frog the New York Rangers (at least until their game against the Minnesota Wild draws to an end depending on the outcome of that contest) and draw closer to the rest of the pack. The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils are playing each other tonight with backup goalies in each net - they're prime for overtaking if the Islanders can play well enough to actually win some games with regular consistency.

On the surface, Columbus doesn't appear to be that strong of a team. They have decent possession numbers, but they're nothing to write home about. They're a low P.D.O. team and they have some of the worst special teams in the league and have only been saved thanks to their penalty differential and those slightly above average possession metrics.

Jaroslav Halak will be in net tonight. He's up against Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus. Halak did very well in his last contest, but the Islanders laid a complete egg giving up 42 shots en route to a three to two loss against the Calgary Flames.

Puck drop will be at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T. on MSG+.

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Josh Anderson
Jussi Jokinen Lukas Sedlak Markus Hannikainen
Left Defence Right Defense
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Markus Nutivaara
Dean Kukan David Savard
Goalies
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anthony Beauvillier John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anders Lee Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Ross Johnston
Casey Cizikas Jason Chimera
Andrew Ladd Brock Nelson Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Sebastian Aho Adam Pelech
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss