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New York Islanders Need a Full 60 Minutes vs. Nashville Predators

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Colton Sissons #10 of the Nashville Predators is checked by Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders during the third period at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Colton Sissons #10 of the Nashville Predators is checked by Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders during the third period at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 06: Colton Sissons #10 of the Nashville Predators skates against Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders start a four-game western road trip with a stop in Nashville. They’ll need a full 60 minutes to pull off a win against the Nashville Predators.

We’ve had to wait four days before the New York Islanders played hockey again. A four-day break isn’t the best way to start a season. At least the Islanders will be fresh for their game against the Nashville Predators on Saturday evening.

In 26 games against the Nashville Predators all time, the Islanders are 11-13-2. In terms of points percentage, the Islanders get 0.492 points per game, another way to look at it is that they win just under half of the time.

Of course, that’s all time, but over the last three seasons, the Islanders are actually 3-3-1 against the Nashville Predators. That’s a slightly improved, and certainly better looking, 0.500 points percentage against the Predators.

The last time these two teams met, the Nashville Predators came away with the two points in Brooklyn. Two points the Predators didn’t necessarily deserve.

For much of the second period the Islanders were in full control, yet somehow, against the run of play, the Predators were able to score two goals in the span of 3:15 minutes. The Isles fought back and pressed hard to equalize in regulation, but they just couldn’t make it work.

With a confidence boosting 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks, the New York Islanders will head to Nashville looking for the two points. Aiding that confidence boost is the fact that the Islanders have won their last two trips to Nashville by a combined score of 8-3.

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