Isles Blank ColumbusThe New York Islanders (17-5-2) finally snapped out of a three-game losing skid (0-2-1) after shutting out the Columbus Blue Jackets with a count of 2-0 at Barclays Center on Saturday. Mathew Barzal (10 goals, 22 points this year) scored the team’s second marker in the middle frame after assisting on the first-period opener by Anders Lee (6 goals, 11 points). Prior to their current three-game run of 1-2-0, the Isles were riding a 17-game point streak (15-0-2). They are 6-3-1 when playing on the road so far this season.
Goalie Thomas Greiss (10-2-0 for the year with a 2.10 GAA and a .931 save percentage) made nine saves before leaving the game with an illness six minutes before the first intermission, with Semyon Varlamov (7-3-2 with a 2.50 GAA and a .918 save percentage) stopping further 30 shots in relief. Varlamov is 5-6-0 versus Detroit with a 2.51 GAA and a .919 save percentage, while Greiss has recorded a 5-3-1 past tally against the Red Wings with a 3.05 GAA and a .886 save percentage. The Islanders, meanwhile, are 15th in least goals scored per game (2.88), 4th in least goals allowed on average (2.42), 18th in power play (18.2%) and 11th in penalty kill (83.6%).
Wings Lose Some More
Further two defeats were in store for the Detroit Red Wings (7-19-3), who dropped a back-to-back stretch (0-2-0), losing 6-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Friday before being outdone with a score of 5-2 by the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena just 27 hours later. Robby Fabbri (6 goals, 11 points this year) scored in both fixtures, as the Red Wings have now gone on a season-long nine-game losing run (0-7-2), being outscored 24-4 in their last five outings alone. Detroit is 4-9-1 when playing on home ice this year.
Goalie Jonathan Bernier, who is set to start against the New York Islanders, made 29 saves versus Washington. He is 5-7-2 for the current season with a 3.30 GAA and a .894 save percentage, and has registered a 5-5-4 career tally against the Isles with a 3.10 GAA and a .906 save percentage. The Red Wings, meanwhile, are scoring the absolute lowest number of goals per game (2.14), while allowing the highest bulk in their defensive zone (3.93). They are 27th in power play with a 13.6% success rate and bottom of the league in penalty kill with 72.2% efficiency.
Detroit (according to Covers.com)
- Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 home games.
NY Islanders (according to Covers.com)
- Islanders are 9-2 in their last 11 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Islanders are 16-5 in their last 21 overall.