The New York Islanders head to St. Louis to take on the Central Division leaders. Here’s everything to know about tonight’s matchup.
The New York Islanders hit the road for the first time, since they dropped all four games on their last road trip, and are looking for a change of fortune.
The Islanders have been playing good hockey as of late. They have picked up points in their last three games. Most recently they lost in overtime to the Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Blues come into this game playing red hot hockey. They are on a five-game win streak! Their wins have come against New Jersey, Arizona, Dallas, Minnesota, and Chicago.
On Tuesday night, they won a barn burner against the Blackhawks 6-5 at home. The Blues were down 3-2 going into the third. They scored four third-period goals to help win this game.
The Season Series
The last time these teams met was a matinee matchup on Columbus day at the Coliseum. This game was an absolute thriller!
The Islanders went down 1-0 in the first due to a Brayden Schenn goal. The second period contained no goals and the Islanders went into the third down 1-0.
The Third Period started with a Vladimir Tarasenko goal and the Islanders were down 2-0 with under ten minutes left in regulation. With less than six minutes remaining in the game, Brock Nelson got the Islanders on the board. And the Isles continued to push for the remainder of the game.
The Islanders finally got the break they needed when Mathew Barzal tied the game up with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game!
In overtime, Barzal got the puck and wheeled around the outside of the offensive zone. He skated behind the net and found a wide-open Devon Toews in the slot. Toews one-timed the puck glove side to give the Islanders the 3-2 win!
Thomas Greiss got the win in this one and Barzal led the Isles with 2 points.
This win was the catalyst for the Islanders 17 game point streak and was definitely one to remember for the blue and orange faithful.
The Islanders go for the season sweep tonight!
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into tonight as underdogs, courtesy of the Action Network.
This makes sense because the Blues are on a five-game win streak and the Isles have struggled on the road recently.
Every game matters in a tight playoff race and I expect an extremely close encounter. But I do expect the Islanders to change their luck on the road and win this game.
Isles Country: Leave your score predictions in the comments section below!