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Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders [Game 53]

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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
17th 56.9% Points Percentage 52.9% 23rd
29th 11.89% Net Power Play Percentage 14.29% 24th
29th 76.87% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 77.12% 28th
30th 88.75% Combined Special Teams Percentage 91.41% 28th
27th 2.63 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.33 3rd
13th 2.80 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.63 31st
9th .18 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .15 13th
15th 50.67% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.54% 25th
14th 50.18% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 46.23% 28th
18th 99.95% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.98% 7th
25th 6.80% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.33% 1st
6th 93.15% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.65% 27th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
The Cannon

The New York Islanders are back at Barclays trying to get themselves out of last place. A win tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets would allow them to jump the Carolina Hurricanes and potentially the New York Rangers if they lose to the Nashville Predators tonight. With that being said, that would require the Islanders to actually win a game and that's proven quite difficult as of late.

The Islanders have just two five-on-five Fenwick victories dating back to December 11th and are dead last in the N.H.L. in Fenwick since that time coming in at 43.27 percent after score adjustments. That's a completely arbitrary date, but that's still a 22 game sample size and is relatively large. The two opponents that they did beat in that category, the Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks, were teams that were fresh off their bye weeks.

Things are going to have to turn around quickly and Doug Weight has decided to try and light a fire under the Islanders by switching out Thomas Greiss for Jaroslav Halak. Anthony Beauvillier and Anders Lee might switch places, but no other changes will be made to the lineup meaning Islanders fans get more Dennis Seidenberg and more Tanner Fritz tonight. Accountability is important or something.

The Islanders have a rare special teams advantage in this one as the Blue Jackets come in with their 30th ranked special teams. Columbus has a huge advantage over the Islanders at even strength as the Islanders drift from bad to comically bad with their possession numbers. Drawing penalties would be exceptionally useful tonight, but the Islanders top two players in penalty differential are missing with Nikolay Kulemin being injured and Joshua Ho-Sang being held accountable for the team having the worse possession numbers in the N.H.L. in his absence.

Once again, Halak gets the start for the Islanders. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to go for Columbus. The game will be on MSG+ and puck drop is at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T.

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artemi Panarin Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Oliver Bjorkstrand Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner Lukas Sedlak Jussi Jokinen
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
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Tanner Fritz Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Jason Chimera
Brock Nelson Andrew Ladd
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Scott Mayfield
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech Dennis Seidenberg
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss