It feels like forever, but after a four-day break, the New York Islanders are back on the ice to hopefully continue their winning streak as they play the red hot Arizona Coyotes.
Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will faceoff tonight. The New York Islanders welcome the Arizona Coyotes to the Nassau Coliseum. Both teams hold a four-game winning streak. Not only are these two teams two of the most in-form teams in the NHL, but they’re two of the stingiest teams.
With 1.88 goals against per game, the Arizona Coyotes have the best defensive record in the NHL this season. The New York Islanders, who were the best defensive team in 2018-19 with 2.33 goals against per game – find themselves not too far behind the Coyotes in seventh with a 2.50 goals-against per game.
This could be an incredibly boring game to watch where both teams look to lock out the other team with some tight defending. The type of game where nothing gets through the neutral zone, where shots are rare and chances are even rarer.
Or it could be an absolute barn-burner with chances flying all over the place as the other team tries, and succeeds, to dismantle the other’s defensive schemes.
Hopefully, we get the latter with the Islanders doing the dismantling.
Players to Watch
The last time I checked it was still October. Which means Brocktober is still going. With six points in his last five games, Brock Nelson has been one of the most valuable players for the Islanders. Trotz trusts him in all situations; 5on5, power play, and on the penalty kill and he typically delivers. Specifically at this time of the season.
If the Islanders want to make it five in a row, they’ll need Brock to continue his Brocktober magic.
Over his last five games, Nick Schmaltz has eight points. Including a power-play goal and three power-play points. The Islanders penalty kill isn’t very strong so if they get into penalty trouble he’s going to be a player to keep an eye on.
If you think this is going to be a game with few chances and even fewer goals then the over/under from Action Network might be of interest to you. The over/under for goals is set at five, the under is at +115 at the time of writing.
On Friday, the Coyotes ran the following lines, lines that Craig Morgan indicates will stay the same against the Islanders.
New York Islanders
After a good showing against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Barry Trotz has him centering line three next to Dal Colle and Wahlstrom. He’s deserved it and hopefully he, and his linemates, make the most of it.
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Where to Watch and Tickets
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TV: MSG+, MSG GO
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