These two teams have both been struggling as of late but someone has to win here tonight. The NY Islanders are the road team in this game and rank 13th in the NHL with a record of 35-23-9 this season. NY are doing mediocre on the road, going 15-14-3 in there away games so far this season. The Islanders are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games and have been playing in bad form as of late. On the other side of the ice is the home team, the Vancouver Canucks who sit 19th in the NHL with a record of 35-27-6 on the year. Vancouver enters this game with a solid home record of 21-9-4 so far in front of their fans. The Canucks are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and will look to get back in the win column here tonight.
NY Islanders Try To Bounce BackThe Islanders are ranked 29th in the NHL when it comes to scoring goals on the road. The Isles really need people to step up such as Josh Bailey. Bailey has produced some points, but the Islanders need more from a guy that sees a lot of ice time. New York needs to get more production as a team to see possible playoff success.
The NY Islanders enter this game ranked 3rd in the NHL in goals allowed per game when on the road. The Islanders have been an amazing defensive team all season, with all the players really buying into the mentality that defense wins games. Semyon Varmalov has been a solid goalie this season and will need to be electric in net to beat the Canucks tonight.
Vancouver Canucks Try To Win Big at Home
The Canucks enter this match up ranked 10th in the NHL in goals allowed per game when at home. Jacob Markstrom should be in net tonight and has been playing well overall this season. Markstrom will need to start moving laterally a bit faster to bring his game to the next level and propel his team to a win here tonight.
On the other side of the ice the Canucks are dominant, ranking 2nd in the NHL in goals scored per game when at home. JT Miller is having a career year and will need to be sharp tonight. Miller has done a great job forcing himself open down deep in the offensive zone and is one of the best scoring opportunist in the NHL today.
- Canucks are 13-5 in their last 18 home games.
- Islanders are 0-6 in their last 6 road games.