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.
- New York Islanders (35-27-12, 82 points)
- Nashville Predators (38-25-11, 87 points)
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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.
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.
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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.