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Nashville Predators at New York Islanders [Game 54]

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7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
102.5 FM WPRT FSOH Barclays Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
4th 69.0% Points Percentage 53.8% 21st
2nd 22.60% Net Power Play Percentage 14.72% 23rd
8th 84.95% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 76.92% 28th
3rd 107.55% Combined Special Teams Percentage 91.65% 28th
8th 3.12 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.34 3rd
4th 2.54 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.62 31st
23rd -.18 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .13 14th
11th 51.65% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.42% 25th
20th 49.21% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 46.12% 28th
6th 101.28% P.D.O. (5V5) 101.04% 7th
13th 7.75% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.33% 2nd
3rd 93.53% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.72% 27th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
On the Forecheck

After everybody's one day Super Bowl break, the New York Islanders take to the ice looking to win their second straight game for the first time in three weeks. The Nashville Predators are a far superior team than the Columbus Blue Jackets team they defeated on Saturday, however, and they're coming into the game rested. Columbus had the misfortune of being on a back to back.

Any points for the Islanders would jump over the Philadelphia Flyers for the final spot in the Eastern conference playoffs, but the Flyers would still have the points percentage advantage. A win would see them jump the Blue Jackets, but Columbus would have the points percentage advantage there as well. The Islanders currently sit at sixth in the Metropolitan in points and points percentage.

Nashville has a considerable special teams advantage in this one. They're also the better puck possession team and have had the better puck luck given their P.D.O. It may take a stellar goaltending performance to steal this one.

Tanner Fritz is slightly injured and cannot play tonight. He'll be replaced by Alan Quine who had been a healthy scratch since Casey Cizikas and Andrew Ladd have been back in the lineup. Dennis Seidenberg had an absolutely pathetic performance on defense on Saturday and he'll be replaced by Sebastian Aho as the defensive pairs get a new look.

Jaroslav Halak is back between the pipes tonight. He was the main reason the Islanders won on Saturday. He'll go up against Pekka Rinne.

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

Nashville Predators Projected Lines

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Colton Sissons Ryan Johansen Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala Kyle Turris Craig Smith
Scott Hartnell Nick Bonino Calle Jarnkrok
Miikka Salomaki Austin Watson Pontus Aberg
Left Defence Right Defense
Roman Josi Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Yannick Weber
Goalies
Pekka Rinne
Juuse Saros

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

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