New York Islanders
Mathew Barzal will center Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey tonight. That could bode well. Anders Lee is a fine player but he doesn’t have the skating ability to keep up with Barzal. Anthony Beauvillier is just a better fit.
Michael Dal Colle gets a start with Ross Johnston hitting the scratchpad. We’ll see if scratching him can have the same effect it did on Kieffer Bellows at the AHL level. (I doubt it will.) At the very least, I hope Dal Colle can provide the Islanders with something against the Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Islanders won’t have to face Frederick Andersen and his 2.67GAA and 0.916SV%. Instead, Michael Hutchinson and his 4.03GAA and 0.883SV% will get the start in Toronto.
Typically, playing a backup is a good thing. But for the New York Islanders, they more-often-than-not make backups look like Vezina candidates. So I’m not getting too hyped about facing the weaker of the two Maple Leafs goalies tonight.