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Islanders 4 Games out West is a Make or Break Road Trip

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on February 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on February 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 30: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 6-5 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Nashville Predators

Tomorrow (2/13) the Islanders will start their road trip in the music city against the Nashville Predators. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game can be seen on MSG+2.

The Preds have had their share of ups and downs this year:

On January 6th, the 19-15-7, Predators fired head coach Peter Laviolette. The next day, they hired John Hynes as their head coach.

Since the hiring of Hynes, the Predators have gone an even 7-7-0. Which is to say that they haven’t improved much under their new head coach, but they are in a tight playoff race.

Currently, the Preds are five points from a wild card spot. They sit on 59 points which is good enough for 5th place in the wild card race.

The Predators are led by captain Roman Josi who has 14 goals and 41 assists. Josi is the player to watch for the Preds. The most amazing stat he has is his +21 plus/minus.

Besides Josi, we should keep an eye on Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene, Nick Bonnino and Ryan Johansen. Each of these forwards has amassed over 30 points this season. Each one is equally dangerous and can light the lamp at any time.

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