Players to Watch
British Columbia native, Mathew Barzal, will be back in his home Province for tonight’s game against the Canucks.
Just like the rest of the Islanders, Barzal has struggled during the losing streak. His best game during the streak was last Thursday in Ottawa, where he had one goal and two assists.
He also looked good in Saturday’s game, besides taking a four-minute high-sticking penalty that the Hurricanes scored on the man-advantage in overtime.
Besides the penalty, he was back to his usual level of skating and the good news is, he only had one giveaway in 19:13 seconds of ice time.
I expect Barzal to raise the level of his game for this game and this road trip. I expect him to have a great game tonight and to pick up a couple of points.
As stated on the last slide, the last time the Islanders faced Hughes he was the game-changer. His two goals made the difference in that game.
His elite skating and vision make him extremely fun to watch.
Hughes is in the top five in the league for defensemen in assists (44), points (52), powerplay points (25). The only bad stat that Hughes has is he has a -10.
With that being said, the Islanders must play a physical game against Hughes to shut him down.
If the Islanders can keep the puck out of Hughes’ hands, they will have success in tonight’s game.