The New York Islanders begin the first game of their four-game road trip in Vancouver against the Canucks. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
The New York Islanders are looking to fix their road woes against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. EST.
The Islanders have struggled as of recently, they have dropped six straight (0-3-3) and they have lost six in a row on the road (0-5-1). The Isles are looking for their first win since February 23rd when they beat the Sharks 4-1.
Last game was the Islanders best game in a while. They brought a much better effort and desperation to their game, but unfortunately, they lost in heartbreaking fashion in overtime to the Hurricanes 3-2.
The Canucks are coming into this game after losing 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
Vancouver has not been playing their best hockey as of late. In their last five games the Canucks are 1-4-0. Just like the Islanders, Vancouver is in a tight playoff race for the Western Conference Wild Card.
Vancouver is in third place for the wild card with 76 points in 68 games. They are behind Minnesota, who has 77 points (69 GP), and Winnipeg, who has 78 points (70 GP). The Canucks do have a chance to catch Calgary, who are third in the Pacific Division with 79 points from 70 games.
The Season Series
The Isles and Canucks have only met once this year and that was back on February 1st at the Barclays Center. This was the Islanders first game since the all-star break and bye week.
The Canucks leading goal-scorer, JT Miller, got the Canucks on the board first just over two minutes into the game. The Isles answered just over three minutes later from a Michael Dal Colle goal. The first period ended tied 1-1.
Vancouver scored back to back goals in the second by Quinn Hughes and Tim Schaller (no longer on Vancouver) to take a 3-1 lead. Jordan Eberle found the back of the net with less than five minutes remaining in the second and the Isle took the ice at the start of the third down 3-2.
The Islanders pushed the whole third period to equal the scoring. The tying goal finally came with 26 seconds left in the game on a Brock Nelson redirect and regulation ended tied 3-3.
Just 42 seconds into overtime, Hughes ripped a shot from the slot and scored his second goal of the game to give the
. Watch the goal below:
The Islanders outshot the Canucks 37-24 in this game and Thomas Greiss got the loss in net.
The Isles look to split the season series with a win tonight in Vancouver!
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come in to tonight’s game as the underdogs, courtesy of the Action Network.
This game is a toss-up. Both teams have struggled recently and both desperately need two points to help their playoff push. I expect a one-goal game.
Isles Country: Will the Islanders find a much-needed win tonight? Leave your score predictions in the comments below!