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New York Islanders at Vegas Golden Knights [Game 57 thread]

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The Islanders aim to rebound from a (second) Nashville thumping.

New York Islanders v Vegas Golden Knights
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The New York Islanders are in Vegas for a laaaaate start (Eastern Time-wise) of 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday night.

They are going conservative with their lineup, as recent Bridgeport callups Kieffer Bellows and Cole Bardreau both appear to be sitting. That would mean Uncle Leo slots into the fourth-line center role, where they already miss Casey Cizikas.

The betting is Semyon Valarmov takes his turn as starter in net.

The Golden Knights are on a five-game homestand, which started with an overtime win over the St. Louis Blues where the Knights benefited from, ahem, well, quite a few favorable penalty calls and an opposing penalty kill that did nothing to stop their power play.

We’ll see if that continues against the Islanders, who continue to somehow draw the fewest power play calls in the league — 23 fewer than the next team, the awful Anaheim Ducks.

The Knights are 15-10-4 at home and currently occupy third place in the Pacific. But they’re part of that crazy five-way dogfight in the Pacific where the five contending teams are only separated by five points.