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NEW YORK ISLANDERS (28-15-4) VS ANAHEIM DUCKS (21-19-9)
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SEASON SERIES: NYI TRAILS 0-1-0
The Ducks exhausted the Islanders 4-1 on Oct. 17 in Anaheim. Ryan Kesler denticulate two goals for the Ducks, while John Gibson chock-full 34-of-35 shots in the win. Casey Cizikas denticulate the abandoned ambition for the Islanders, catastrophe Gibson’s annihilation bid with 35 abnormal to play. The Ducks accept won the aftermost three affairs amid the clubs.
– The Islanders (60 points) confused into aboriginal abode in the Metropolitan Division with a 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday night. This is the aboriginal time back March 10, 2015 the Islanders accept been in aboriginal abode afterwards the mean of the division – and alone the additional time back the 1990-91 season.
The Islanders advance the Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets (59 credibility each) by one point. Barry Trotz has emphasized that annihilation is assured in January, but that his team’s mantra is to accumulate climbing.
“We talked about aggressive and it aloof happened that the Caps were the abutting aggregation in advanced of us,” Trotz said. “Two weeks ago we were talking about Buffalo and added teams like Montreal. We said, let’s aloof accumulate climbing, don’t attending up, aloof accumulate activity and the guys accept been absolutely good.”
– The Islanders accept won four beeline amateur and are 14-3-0 in their aftermost 17 contests – the best almanac in the NHL back Dec. 15. This marks the aboriginal time back the 1989-90 division the Islanders had won 14 of 17.
– Per NHL PR: Through 47 games, the Islanders advance the NHL with alone 119 goals adjoin (including three shootout-deciding goals). At the aforementioned point aftermost division the club had accustomed 173 goals against, the best in the League.
– Goaltender Robin Lehner is 10-1-0 in his aftermost 11 games, acceptance 15 goals over that span. Lehner is 14-7-3 this division with a league-leading 2.11 goals-against boilerplate and a .928 save allotment with two shutouts.
– Thomas Greiss is additionally heating up, acceptable his aftermost two starts, including a 19-save annihilation over the Washington Capitals on Friday. Greiss is 14-8-1 with a 2.50 GAA, a .920 SV% and two shutouts.
– Josh Bailey, who denticulate the game-winning ambition on Friday, has credibility in bristles of his aftermost six amateur (3G, 2A). Bailey’s abutting abetment will move him into sole control of 13th on the Islanders best assists list. He is currently angry with Bobby Nystrom with 278 helpers.
– Afterwards constant a 12-game accident streak, the Ducks accept won two beeline games, assault Minnesota 3-0 on Thursday and New Jersey 3-2 on Saturday. Sunday’s bold ends a five-game alley cruise for the Ducks.
– The Ducks fabricated a alternation of trades aftermost week. Andrew Cogliano was dealt to Dallas for Devin Shore. Michael Del Zotto was acquired from Vancouver for Luke Schenn. Pontus Aberg was traded to Minnesota for Justin Kloos. Former Duck Derek Grant was re-acquired from Pittsburgh in barter for Joseph Blandisi.
– Despite the 12-game slide, the Ducks (51 points) are still in the mix for a Western Conference playoff seed, angry with the Minnesota Agrarian for the additional agrarian agenda berth. The Agrarian accept played one beneath game.
– Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 32 credibility (10G, 22A) in 43 amateur this season. Jakob Silfverberg leads the Ducks with 12 goals.
– Corey Perry is still convalescent from offseason knee anaplasty and will not comedy on Sunday.
– Troy Terry denticulate his aboriginal NHL ambition on Saturday in New Jersey. The Ducks recalled the 2015 fifth-round aces – and Aggregation USA World Junior standout – on Jan. 16.