The New York Islanders head to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in game two of their four-game road trip. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
The New York Islanders travel to Vegas for the first time this season to finish their season series with the Golden Knights. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST.
The Islanders are seeking a win today after losing 5-0 to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Tonight is a great matchup for the Isles to get their road trip back on track and pick up a much needed two points
Vegas is coming into tonight after playing an absolute barn burner against the Blues Thursday night. The game had five goals in the first, two goals in the second and three goals in the third! The game required overtime after regulation ended tied 5-5. In overtime, Vegas got a power play and Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-winner to give Vegas the 6-5 Win.
The crazy stat about that game is Vegas out-shot the Blues 52 to 24!
With that win, Vegas is in third place in the Pacific Division with 66 points in 59 games. They are tied with the second-place Oilers on points (EDM has the tie-breaker) and are three points behind the pacific division leader, Vancouver Canucks.
The Season Series
The last time the Islanders faced the Golden Knights was back on December 5th at the Coliseum and it was a great game to watch.
The first period was extremely tight-checking and no team could find the back of the net. The first period ended scoreless.
Four minutes and 23 seconds into the second, Cal Clutterbuck scored the first goal of the game. He was on a 2 on 1 rush and instead of passing to Casey Cizikas, he took matters into his own hands and beat Malcolm Subban short-side to put the Islanders on the board.
With less than five minutes remaining in the second, Alex Tuch equalized for the Golden Knights and the period ended 1-1. Again in third, the Islanders and Golden Knights traded goals with Brock Nelson scoring for the Isles and Marchessault scoring for Vegas. The game went into overtime tied 2-2.
In overtime, Vegas took a penalty and that was the break the blue and orange needed. On the power play, there was a puck battle in the corner where six out of the seven players of the ice were engaged. The Isles won the battle and passed the puck to the wide-open
at the point. He walked it in and fired the game-winner home to give the
The Islanders go for the season series sweep tonight!
Tale of the Tape
The Tale of the Tape shows that this should be an even matchup. At the end of the day, once the puck is dropped all of these stats are thrown out.
The Islanders come into T-Mobile Arena as the underdogs, courtesy of the Action Network.
I can see this game as being extremely similar to the first time these teams met. I expect this game to go down to the wire and one goal will separate these teams: