The New York Islanders make a quick stop at the Nassau Coliseum to welcome the Vegas Golden Knights as Barry Trotz turns on the line blender.
It took New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle 14 games to register his first goal on the season. After signing a five-year $27.5 million deal in the offseason it’s not the start we were hoping to see from Eberle.
But since scoring that first goal against the Detroit Red Wings, Eberle added another (in the same game) and then picked up an assist in the Islanders 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens the next night. That’s three points in his last two games. A sign that Jordan Eberle might be waking up.
Think about that for a second. The New York Islanders are a top-five team in the NHL and their number one right-wing has been for all intents and purposes drifting through the start of the season.
Hopefully, we see a continuation of this ‘woke’ Jordan Eberle as the Vegas Golden Knights come to the Nassau Coliseum.
The Knights are on a tear at the moment. As they travel through the New York metropolitan area the Golden Knights have a four-game winning streak.
With the way the Islanders played against Montreal it would be easy to say this is the wrong time to face a good team. But the added pressure of having to perform against a good team is likely exactly what they need at the moment. Winning against a good team could set them up well before they head back out on the road for their next three games.
Curtsey of The Action Network, the Islanders are favored to win with a -125 money line to Vegas’s +105. With 69 percent of the bets going to the Islanders, oddsmakers aren’t the only ones to think the Isles can win.
New York Islanders
I typically use what Andrew Gross is seeing at Islanders pre-game skate to get a sense of the lines. But leading up to the Vegas game, Barry Trotz turned on the blender and some real funky results came out. Results I don’t think Barry will stick with come puck drop.
I know. Nelson on the third line looks weird. But from the sounds of things, Brassard is going to get a look down the middle. We know how ineffective he’s been as the 3C so I can see Nelson slotting in there. At least on paper. We’ll see what happens come puck drop.
Vegas Golden Knights
We know that Malcolm Subban will get the start for the Golden Knights. Which has to be some good news, at least relatively. Fleury is a 0.919SV% and 2.58GAA goalie this season with eleven wins. Subban is a 0.909SV% and 2.86GAA goalie with four wins. There’s a clear difference in quality between one and the other.
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