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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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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 24: Lawson Crouse #67 of the Arizona Coyotes battles with Scott Mayfield #24 of the New York Islanders during the first period at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 24, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut-out the Coyotes 2-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Arizona Coyotes

On President’s day, the Islanders travel to the Gila River Arena to take on the Arizona Coyotes in a matinee matchup. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m. eastern.

The Arizona Coyotes are currently 2nd place in the wild card spot with 64 points in 59 games. They are tied with Vegas on points, but Vegas holds the tiebreaker.

The Coyotes have been in the news for a whole different reason than what’s happening on the ice. The Coyotes are under investigation for allegedly fitness testing NHL draft-eligible players.

Enough of that, let’s go back to the Ice:

So far in February, the Coyotes have posted a 2-2-2 record. Last night they lost to Toronto 3-2 in overtime and complete their four-game Atlantic division road trip against the Senators tomorrow night.

The Yotes’ have some offensive firepower that includes leading point scorer Nick Schmaltz, Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller, Taylor Hall, Phil Kessel, Derek Stepan and leading goal scorer Conor Garland.

Yes, you read that right! Garland who played 21 games for the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) last year is the Coyotes leading goal scorer this year, with 19 goals in 58 games

Mix that offense with a solid defense that includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jakob Chychrun and Alex Goligoski, you have a solid team.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper should be healthy and back in the lineup when the Islanders are in Arizona, making the Coyotes even more dangerous.

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