Islanders Look To Bounce Back Against Coyotes

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Cal Clutterbuck #15 of the New York Islanders and Craig Cunningham #22 of the Arizona Coyotes battle during the first period at the Barclays Center on November 16, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 627px) 100vw, 627px" />

New York Islanders (15-15-7, 37 pts) at Arizona Coyotes (11-22-6, 28 pts)

When: Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Where: Gila River Area, Glendale, AZ
Time: 8 PM EST
TV: MSG+2 (Brendan Burke, Butch Goring)
Radio: 970AM – The Answer, 88.7FM-WRHU, 103.9FM – LI News (Chris King, Greg Picker)

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After the Islanders fell to the league-worst Colorado Avalanche last night in OT, they will look to once again get back over the NHL .500 mark against Arizona tonight. The Coyotes are having a miserable season with just 11 wins. The Islanders beat the Coyotes in their first matchup in October. Johnny Boychuk scored a shorthanded goal in the third period to give the Isles the 3-2 victory. On the other hand, the Islanders have lost three of the last four in Arizona, including a tough 1-0 defeat last season.

The Isles’ Calvin de Haan took a bad hooking penalty in OT last night allowing the Avs to score a power play goal with under 20 seconds left in the extra frame. The goal gave the Avalanche a fifth win in overtime, against zero losses.

Arizona also played last night, and lost in OT to the Ducks in Anaheim. So both team had to travel and neither will be rested. The Coyotes are riding a nine-game winless streak.  Their last win came on Dec. 15 – a 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last time these two teams faced each other, it was the battle of the Stromes. This time, Dylan is back in Juniors, while Ryan is playing some of his best hockey of the season with two goals and four points in his last five games.

No starting lineup has been announced, but I would bet on Jean-Francois Berube getting the start in net, given the fact that it’s a back-to-back situation. Thomas Greiss played an outstanding game last night, stopping 37 of 39 shots. Had the Isles put home more than one goal against a goalie who had lost eight straight starts, he would have been the winner instead of a hard luck loser.

News & Notes

  • Johnny Boychuk plays in his 500th NHL game tonight.
  • John Tavares remains one point away from 500 in his NHL career; a mark which will move him to 10th on the Islanders’ all-time points list.
  • Josh Bailey is one point away from 275, and two goals away from 100 in his career.
  • Thomas Greiss has let up two goals or less in five of his last six games

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