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Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) reacts after scoring his second goal against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders have fallen flat in the past two home games that preceded this match-up on Saturday afternoon. After dropping four crucial points at home, the Islanders look to reclaim their playoff spot with a win against Columbus.

  • New York Islanders (33-26-11, 77 points)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets (45-18-6, 95 points)
  • 1 p.m., MSG+, MSG Go, 88.7FM
  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets right wing Joel Armia (40) watches New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and Jets right wing Joel Armia (40) battle for the puck during third period at Barclays Center. The Jets won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Rested Legs

<dropcap>A</dropcap>fter a grueling nine-game road trip the Islanders have returned to some normalcy in regards to travel the past couple of days. Following a back-to-back against Carolina on Thursday was the first time in a couple weeks the Islanders had an opportunity to not have a day of travel.

The Islanders’ week started flat against a pesky Carolina team and was further sullied by a meltdown against the Winnipeg Jets. Despite returning home, Interim Head Coach Doug Weight said that the team has not had the opportunity to practice much during the recent span.

A lot of the issues facing the Islanders recently have been bouts of inconsistency whether it’s on the face-off dot, being strong on the puck, or defensive positioning. They will look to grasp some form on Saturday afternoon against a strong Columbus team.

The Islanders will be with the help of Casey Cizikas Saturday afternoon, as the forward is set to be drawn back into the lineup after missing 11 games. The likely player to come out of the lineup is Stephen Gionta, despite there being players who should arguably be scratched over him (Alan Quine).

Despite helping lead the SoundTigers back into playoff contention and JF Berube still maintaining some of the worst stats among goaltenders, Jaroslav Halak continues to play in the AHL. Fans this week were heard chanting “We want Jaro!” after the Islanders debacle against the Hurricanes at the Barclays Center. Even though there were an astronomical amount of goals-against this week, it can be tied back to an absent defensive presence for the contest against the Jets.

Thomas Greiss is the projected starter for tomorrow’s contest, and he will likely face Sergei Bobrovsky.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.