The New York Islanders improved to 1-2-0 with 2 points after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Tuesday night. Ilya Sorokin came up big in net for the Islanders, stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced. Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice for the Islanders in the victory while Cal Clutterbuck and Anthony Beauvillier each scored one goal. New York opened its regular season with consecutive losses to Carolina and Florida. The Islanders play their first 13 games on the road while waiting for their new arena to open and will not play on their home ice until November 20. Semyon Varlamov and Matt Barton are out for New York
Columbus is 2-1-0 with 3 points after falling to the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Wednesday. Boone Jenner was the only goal scorer for Columbus in the road loss. Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo played well in net, stopping 39 of 41 shots faced, but did not receive enough goal support from his teammates. Columbus opened the season with consecutive victories over Arizona and Seattle prior to Wednesday’s loss. Nathan Gerbe and Trey Fix-Wolansky are out injured for the Columbus Blue Jackets
Road Trip Making Life Tough for NYThe New York Islanders have played three of their 13 straight games on the road to start the season, with losses in two of the three. The Islanders are at risk of being well down the standings in the Eastern Conference, where currently they are last, because of playing 13 consecutive games away from home. New York is scoring an average of only 2.67 goals per game and the Islanders power play has been dreadful, scoring only 11.1% of the time with the man advantage. Oliver Wahistrom has a team-best three goals and five teammates have one goal apiece. New York's leader in assists is Kyle Palmieri with 2.
The Islanders have played poorly in their own end of the ice. New York is allowing an average of 4.00 goals per game, which is 26th in the NHL, while the penalty-kill unit has been slightly below average with a success rate of 77.8%. New York’s Ilya Sorokin is 1-2-0 with a 3.71 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. The Islanders have given up 12 goals while scoring just eight.
Columbus playing well in their own end of the iceColumbus has started the season playing well on defense. The Blue Jackets' blue line and goalie are allowing an average of 2.33 goals per game which is 8th best in the NHL. Goalie Elvis Merzlikens is 2-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against average and .948 save percentage. Joonas Korpisalo is 0-1-0 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. The penalty-kill unit for Columbus has been successful 88.9% of the time which is 9th best in the NHL.
The Blue Jackets are scoring an average of 3.67 goals per game and currently have the fourth best power play, scoring 42.9% of the time with the man advantage. Columbus opened the regular season scoring eight goals against Arizona and has since scored two in a victory over Seattle and was held to one goal in a loss to Detroit. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Boone Jenner are the leading goal scorers for Columbus with 2 apiece. Max Domi is the leader in assists for the Blue Jackets with 3 and the veteran center is tied for the lead in overall points with Patrik Laine and Bjorkstrand with four each.
- Columbus's 4-1 in the last five at home
- New York is 1-5 in the last six on the road
- The Islanders are 2-5 in the last seven against a team with a winning record