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Minnesota Wild at New York Islanders [Game 61]

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The Islanders LOVE day games on awkward holidays that many people don't get off!

Former Islander Nino Niederreiter leads the league in score adjusted relative Corsi.
Former Islander Nino Niederreiter leads the league in score adjusted relative Corsi.
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1:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
100.3 FM KFAN FS-N Barclays Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
12th 59.5% Points Percentage 53.3% 20th
9th 18.18% Net Power Play Percentage 17.11% 15th
18th 83.01% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 76.70% 28th
13th 101.19% Combined Special Teams Percentage 93.82% 27th
15th 2.97 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.33 4th
12th 2.86 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.57 31st
28th -.52 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .18 11th
26th 46.87% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 46.66% 28th
16th 49.80% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 45.42% 30th
13th 100.64% P.D.O. (5V5) 101.18% 6th
13th 7.80% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.21% 3rd
8th 92.83% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.97% 21st
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
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The New York Islanders square off in a non-conference afternoon game with an awkward start time against the Minnesota Wild. This one is an odd choice by the N.H.L. schedule makers, but hey, fans get to enjoy some daytime hockey! Four players will get the chance to stick it to the teams that discarded them, Nick Leddy and Cal Clutterbuck for the Islanders and Nino Niederreiter and Jared Spurgeon for the Wild.

The only lineup change for the Islanders comes in net. Thomas Greiss is entirely after the best performance of his career thanks to a lower body injury. He's on I.R., Jaroslav Halak is in net, and Christopher Gibson will serve as the backup. They'll be up against Devan Dubnyk for the Wild presumably, but it has yet to be announced.

The Wild are a team that pretty much scream mediocrity across the board. Their power play is in the top ten along with their even strength save percentage, but the save percentage is bolstered by the fact that they do an exceptional job limiting shots from high-danger situations and give up a lot of low and medium danger ones instead. After adjustments, they're middle of the pack there.

With that being said, they have quite the advantage in scoring chance ratio compared to the Islanders even though they fall below 50 percent. The Islanders have had three to nothing shutouts in back to back performances, but their scoring chance ratio on the season fell in those games. The Wild are far superior to the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes teams that they just beat and they'll likely need a better team effort to win this game.

Game time is at 1:00 P.M. E.S.T. The game can be seen on MSG+ in the New York metropolitan area and Fox Sports North in Minnesota.

Minnesota Wild Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Nino Niederreiter Mikko Koivu Mikael Granlund
Jason Zucker Eric Staal Chris Stewart
Zach Parise Matt Cullen Charlie Coyle
Marcus Foligno Joel Eriksson Ek Daniel Winnik
Left Defence Right Defense
Ryan Suter Matt Dumba
Gustav Olofsson Jared Spurgeon
Nick Seeler Nate Prosser
Goalies
Devan Dubnyk
Alex Stalock

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

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