Islanders: 3 Players To Watch vs Devils 5-6-21
By Matt O'Leary
With three games left, the Islanders are in action against the New Jersey Devils as they fight for playoff positioning. So far, the Isles hold a 5-1 record against New Jersey this year, and hope for that success to continue.
Going in to play today, the Islanders sit in fourth just one point back of Boston and five points back of Pittsburgh and Washington.
Heading into action for today, here are my three players to watch for the Isles:
DraftKings: $8,000 | Fanduel: $8,200
In his last 10 starts, Semyon Varlamov has a .946 save percentage and a 1.61 goals against average. He’s been phenomenal all year with a .930 save percentage and a 2.02 goals against but it’s been on another level recently.
Against New Jersey this year, he’s 3-0 with a .955 save percentage and just four goals allowed. Good luck tonight, Devils.
DraftKings: $3,400 | Fanduel: $4,700
Kyle Palmieri has stunk as a New York Islander. In 14 games he has just one goal and three points to his name. Well, against his former team I’m predicting that Palmieri will get one to go since he’s playing up top with Mat Barzal.
According to Arthur Staple, Barry Trotz has both Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri on the top line. I think I speak for Islanders fans when I say “FINALLY”.
DraftKings: $5,300 | Fanduel: $6,500
Mat Barzal is returning from his off day and should slot back up on the top line. In six games so far he has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) against Jersey. With the playoffs in the near future, expect Barzal to start turning it on.
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He has two goals in his last three games and that should be only the beginning for him. The Isles desperately need their offense to come to life tonight.