New York Islanders Look to Rebound vs. Predators 1
Feb 19, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) prepares for a save during the third period against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. New York Islanders won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

With the ever-increasing desperation in the Eastern Conference standings, the Islanders need to find a way to pry two crucial points from P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators.

Mar 25, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Boston Bruins center Frank Vatrano (72) celebrates on a goal that would be recalled during the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Self-Inflicted Wounds

The Islanders have done nothing to help themselves in the past four home games.

They are 0-3-1 in their last four home games and are coming off a debilitating loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. As has been the mantra for the every game since ascending six spots in the standings, these are points that cannot be surrendered.

They now sit two points behind Boston, three behind Toronto (whom were defeated 5-2 on Saturday, helping the Isles once more) and just one point separated from the looming Tampa Bay Lightning.

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The Predators are fighting to clinch a playoff spot and are looking to place some separation between themselves and the chasing St. Louis Blues who are one point behind Nashville. As the Isles continue to slump, the Predators are surging, entering Brooklyn on a three-game winning streak.

With Jaroslav Halak recalled and with the goaltending seemingly figured out, there’s no reason for inconsistency to be plaguing the Islanders net-minding. New York’s variables lie in defense and offense, with some roster changes coming in for tonight’s matchup.

Minor Shakeup

Alan Quine will sub in for Shane Prince as the battle of the extras continues. Thomas Hickey slots in for Scott Mayfield as well and Thomas Griess will be in net once more.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn as New York looks to gain an edge on the Bruins who hold the tie-breaker if they draw at season’s end.

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Matt Di Giacomo

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Spent 3 1/2 years at West Chester University, now 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 @BR_SportsCast and check out his reviews on YouTube.