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New York Islanders Three Keys to Win vs. Unbeaten Edmonton Oilers

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers and Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders battle for the puck during the first period at the Barclays Center on November 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers and Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders battle for the puck during the first period at the Barclays Center on November 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 16: Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers fights with Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders during the second period at the Barclays Center on February 16, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are back in action after a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets with a date against the Edmonton Oilers. How do the Isles get the ‘W’?

The New York Islanders picked up their first win of the 2019-20 season against the Winnipeg Jets. To keep up the momentum, the Islanders are up against the still undefeated* Edmonton Oilers.

(*After only two games that is.)

So what do the Islanders need to do in order to get the win against

Connor McDavid

and his cohorts?

Strong Goaltending

The Edmonton Oilers might have 4.5 goals per game so far this season. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have five points each. And even James Neal has a goal per game.

But the Oilers are one of the worst teams in generating shots per game. With 26.5 shots per game, the Oilers rank 29th in the league. The Islanders goaltending will need to be as good as they’ve shown early this season.

Semyon Varlamov put up a 0.929S% against the Washington Capitals. It’s clear after coming off early during Islanders practice that he’ll start. If he can be that same goalie – and maybe showing that that first goal against Washington was in fact a fluke – the Islanders are in great shape for their second win.

So far the Islanders goaltending has been a strength for them yet again. It’s early yet in the season. But it looks like Mitch Korn and Pierro Greco are working their magic again. Let’s see if Varlamov passes the McDavid test.

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