National Hockey League action on Sunday evening and the Central Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Minnesota Wild take on the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Wild are off a 4-3 road win over the Devils, while the Islanders are off a 4-3 OT win at home over the Avalanche.
Wild Top Devils To End Skid
The Minnesota Wild went into their road game against the Devils on Saturday having lost their last four games in a row, but they were able to snap that skid with a nice 4-2 road win. The Wild have been a streaky team of late and they hope that the win over the Devils is the start of a nice winning streak. Minnesota is currently in the 7th spot in the Western Conference, but their lead over the Canucks, who are in the 9th spot, is just two points. Minnesota still has plenty of work to do to secure a playoff spot. The Wild did trail the Devils 1-0 but scored the next three goals of the game to take control and they never looked back. Scoring in the win was Marcus Foligno, which was his 5th of the year, Zach Parise, which was his 22nd, Joel Eriksson Ek, which was his 4th, and Luke Kunin, which was his 2nd.
Grabbing the win against the Devils was Devan Dubnyk, who stopped 16 of the 18 shots that he faced to improve to 21-22 with a 2.58 GAA on the year. Alex Stalock will patrol the crease in this one and he has gone 6-6 with a 3.00 GAA on the year, including 2-4 with a 2.77 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 0-3 with a 3.00 GAA against the Islanders. The Wild have gone 13-13 on the road and they have averaged 2.69 gpg and have allowed 2.92 gpg in those games. Minnesota enters this game ranked 14th in the league in power play conversions at 21.0% and 8th in penalty kill at 82.4%.
Pulock Lift’s Islanders Over Avalanche
The New York Islanders continue to have a solid season as they enter this game at 32-22 on the year and in first place in the Metro Division. Their lead in the division is three points over the Capitals and their 70 points on the year are 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders did recently have a stretch that saw them go 1-3, but they have since bounced back with two wins in a road and they will look to make it three in a row as they face a Minnesota team that has been very inconsistent this year. The Isles did trail the Avs on Saturday by a score of 2-0, before rallying for the 4-3 win in OT. Ryan Pulock was the here as he notched his 2nd goal of the game and his 5th of the year at the 2:23 mark of OT to win the game. Also scoring in the win was Jordan Eberle, which was his 13th and Josh Bailey, which was his 12th.
Grabbing the win against the Avs was Robin Lehner, who stopped 25 of the 28 shots that he faced to improve to 17-12 with a 2.05 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Thomas Greiss and he has gone 15-10 with a 2.33 GAA on the year, including 8-7 with a 2.52 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 3-3 with a 2.85 GAA against the Wild. New York has gone 14-10 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.04 gpg and have allowed 2.33 gpg in those games. The Islanders check in ranked 26th in power play conversions at 16.0% and 14th in penalty kill at 80.3%
New York is:
- 5-0 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- 7-1 in their last 8 vs. the Western Conference
- 6-14 in their last 20 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 5-16 in their last 21 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous gam