The New York Islanders face off against the Arizona Coyotes as they try and get their first win on this four-game western road trip.
The New York Islanders road trip has been disastrous so far. Both the Nashville Predators and the Vegas Golden Knights have shut out the Islanders in games one and two. And now they take on an Arizona Coyotes team that is strong defensively.
Much like the Islanders, the Coyotes are hanging on to a playoff position by a thread. The Yotes are just a point ahead of the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets in the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
This is going to be yet another playoff-type game for the Islanders. If the Isles want to play a regular-season game as they did against the Golden Knights they’ll find themselves looking at another loss.
The Season Series
The last time these two teams played was in October. Right in the middle of the Islanders eleven-game winning streak.
That game finished 4-2 for the Islanders. It was a low shooting affair with 45 shots on net between the two teams. I expect much of the same tonight.
Tale of the Tape
Both are strong defensive teams giving up less than 2.75 goals against per game on average.
With the money line opening at +115, the Islanders are once again the underdog tonight.
I can see the Islanders having their spirits lifted with the arrival of Andy Greene. They’ll play a more competitive game and should come away with both points in a 3-2 win.