Did you finally fix your sleep schedule? I hope not, cause it's about to be disrupted again. The New York Islanders start their second (and final) west coast road trip today with a date against the Seattle Kraken.
Before heading South-West to California, the Isles stop in Mathew Barzal's former stomping grounds. The Isles star player spent his entire junior career playing for the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds, putting up 278 points in 202 games played. All eyes in Seattle will be on Barzal. But for Islanders fans what should we be watching for?
New York Islanders: Three things to watch for in tonight's matchup
Is what we're seeing out of Palmieri right now a return to form or just a random blip? Over his last three games, Palmieri has three goals to his name. He had one over his previous 29 games. This is a wild - and positive - departure from the Palmieri we've known this season.
In that one game where he didn't score (the 4-1 win over Boston), Palmieri recorded three shots on goal, six hits, and was generally his usual self. And by usual I mean the guy we saw score 20-25 goals every year with the Devils. Can we see that guy again for the fourth game in a row?
Oliver Wahlstrom missed the last game with a day-to-day injury. If he's ready to go today do the Islanders sit a veteran in favor of playing Wahlstrom and Bellows? They should.
Both have had their struggles, as young players tend to do, but of late both players have shown they can be impactful everyday players at the NHL level. They need to keep playing every night to further their development. Sitting out shouldn't be an option.
The Islanders captain hasn't been MIA but he hasn't been very impactful either. Lee has four points in his last eight games. And while that sounds alright, that production comes on two multi-point games. He's pointless in six of those eight games.
Lee's underlying numbers in those last eight games say he's been having a larger impact than we're seeing. That has to change tonight in Seattle.