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NFT: Wild vs. Islanders @3pm @ The Barclayís Must See TV!

The 12th Man : 2/10/2019 2:26 pm
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (32-16-6) VS MINNESOTA WILD (27-23-5)

3 PM | BARCLAYS CENTER


Like I have said For a little over a month our little team is growing up very quickly before our eyes. The Islanders won for the 5th time in a row after starting a game down 2-0. They are currently 8-0 in the back end of back to back games. Ryan Pulock was the star yesterday but Matt Martin was the hero. What a play hustling back and blocking the shot to keep the game 2-1. That play epitomizes the effort this team has been making for weeks now. It also shows they understand the system. There is no doubt this team got a lift from that play. Letís see if we can get a carryover for today. This is the 1st time we will see the Wild this year. It always strange to be 2/3 of the season done and you have not seen a team yet. Broke a 10 game drought by our D scoring a goal. Letís see if we can keep that going too. When your D starts scoring makes everything else a lot easier.

ISLANDERS NOTES:

- Sunday's game against the Wild marks the second-last home back-to-back set for the Islanders this season. The Islanders are coming off a 4-3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon night. The Isles are 8-0-0 on a second night of back-to-backs this season, tying the franchise record. The Isles have outscored their opponents 31-8 this season on the second night of back to backs this season.

- Defenseman Ryan Pulock scored twice including the game-winning goal in overtime and recorded a season-high eight shots against the Avalanche in Saturday's 4-3 win. Pulock has six points (1G, 5A) in his last four games.

- The Islanders are 5-2-0 this season in afternoon games.

- The Islanders have allowed the fewest goals-per-game in the NHL this season (2.35 per game).

- The Islanders (70 points) lead the Metropolitan Division, while Washington Capitals (67 points) are three points behind. The Columbus Blue Jackets (65 points) are five backs back, while Pittsburgh Penguins (63) trail by seven points.

- Goalie Robin Lehner made 25 saves on 28 shots to help the Islanders top the Avalanche on Saturday. Lehner leads the league in goals against average (2.05) and comes in second with (.930) in save percentage.

- Trotz tends to split his goalies on a back-to-back, so Thomas Greiss is the likely starter for Sunday's game. Greiss is 3-0-1 in his last four starts, stopping 128-of-130 shots in the process.

- Brock Nelson is riding a four-game point streak (1G, 4A).

WILD NOTES:

- The Wild are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Minnesota (59 points) are currently in the first wild card, two points ahead of St. Louis and Vancouver Canucks (57 points apiece).

- Wild Head Coach Bruce Boudreau coached his 900th career NHL game on Saturday. He owns a record of 530-266-104 (.646) in 900 games with Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota and has led his teams to eight division titles.

- Zach Parise has tallied 18 points (7G, 11A) in his last 20 games. Parise leads the Wild with 22 goals, 47 points, and six power-play goals this season. Parise is in fourth for the all-time leading scorers in Wild history with 322 points (161G, 161A). Pierre-Marc Bouchard is in third with 347 points.

- Jason Zucker recorded an assist Thursday vs. Edmonton for his 200th career NHL point. He is the 13th player in franchise history to reach this milestone. Zucker also recorded a career-high seven hits Jan. 21 at Vegas and ranks third on team with 69 hits.

- The Wild play in their 10th back-to-back set this season. Minnesota beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday in Newark.

The Minnesota Wild could use a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Mikael Granlund has 32 assists and Ryan Suter has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 109 goals on 1,243 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 36 goals on 332 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The New York Islanders look for another victory after winning nine of their last 13 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 18 goals, Mathew Barzal has 32 assists and Josh Bailey has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 56 goals on 818 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 59 goals on 795 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 13 games.

Go Isles!
Some good early chances  
theold5j : 2/10/2019 3:30 pm : link
On the PP. Great article in newsday today.
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Another button pressed right by Trotz  
theold5j : 2/10/2019 3:35 pm : link
Flip flop Beau and MDC. Beau responds with a goal
PP looks better  
The 12th Man : 2/10/2019 4:54 pm : link
Like the fact 2 games in a row by our D. We seem to be getting back to some better D. Cutting down on shots against. Beau finally lights the lamp again and Toews gets off the schneid. Letís close this out.
I canít see any way  
Doubledeuce22 : 2/10/2019 5:10 pm : link
Hickey cracks the top 6 the way theyíre playing.
Nice to finally see some life  
Metnut : 2/10/2019 5:15 pm : link
from the power play and Beauvillier. Have to hold on for the rest of way here.
Another quality win  
Doubledeuce22 : 2/10/2019 5:38 pm : link
5 points up on Washington. 7 on Columbus with those 2 facing off in a few days. Give me Stone or Panarin at the deadline and this team could be a real problem in the playoffs.
Big stretch of road games  
theold5j : 2/10/2019 6:11 pm : link
Coming up. I don't think it really matters where they play right now
Like Bednar from the Avs said yesterday  
pganut : 2/10/2019 6:11 pm : link
Isles are just a heavy team to play against. Outside of special teams situations, show me where MIN had an easy zone entry today. Trotz wasn't kidding when he said he knew he could fix the defense. In the right places for most all of the game, again. I'd love a 6-1 laugher, but accumulate points is the name of the game. Don't care how. But they look structurally sound.
Give me Stone  
KDubbs : 2/10/2019 6:20 pm : link
Put him with barzy and on the PP and lets go!
RE: Another button pressed right by Trotz  
feelflows : 2/10/2019 6:46 pm : link
In comment 14292419 theold5j said:
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Flip flop Beau and MDC. Beau responds with a goal


He called Leo and Filo "fix it felix"
DVR'D GAME  
steviej : 2/10/2019 7:03 pm : link
Just watched I cannot believe what I"m seeing Its amazing what a real coach can do . Just enjoy the ride boys !!
If you haven't read the article  
theold5j : 2/10/2019 7:06 pm : link
In newsday today the link is in the 1st comment on this post. Do yourself a favor and read it. Great article about Trotz system and some great quotes from players.
RE: Like Bednar from the Avs said yesterday  
The 12th Man : 2/10/2019 9:50 pm : link
In comment 14292537 pganut said:
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Isles are just a heavy team to play against. Outside of special teams situations, show me where MIN had an easy zone entry today. Trotz wasn't kidding when he said he knew he could fix the defense. In the right places for most all of the game, again. I'd love a 6-1 laugher, but accumulate points is the name of the game. Don't care how. But they look structurally sound.


I comepletely agree. Right now the Islanders are on course to cut a 100 goals off their total from a year ago. The last time it happened was 45íyears ago under Al Arbour I heard today. I donít care what the score is when they win just keep winning. People want to play on teams that win. Right now guys that have no trade clauses are going to start including this team on their list. Trotz is a winner. It gets tougher in the playoffs because the games get tighter and a fluke here or there can putbin a hole quickly. What I love about this team is they never get down. Whether it is 2-0 or the other team scores to tie it with less than 3 minutes. Prior teams would have folded, not this team they are not giving these points away they are accumulating them. Just such a treat watching this team. Go Isles!
By the way let me clarify  
The 12th Man : 2/10/2019 9:53 pm : link
Trotz will only be the 2nd coach in Islanders history to cut 100 goals against in his 1st year taking over a team. The last one to do it was Al Arbour when he took over. Great stuff.
Nice win by the Rangers over pajamas boy and the Leafs  
Metnut : 2/11/2019 9:06 am : link
last night. Isles pass Toronto in the standings (might matter for home ice in ECF if Toronto upsets TB and Isles make it there) and NYR winning enough games to hurt their lottery odds despite being a completely awful team. A win win situation for NYI!
RE: Nice win by the Rangers over pajamas boy and the Leafs  
The 12th Man : 2/11/2019 11:45 am : link
In comment 14292959 Metnut said:
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last night. Isles pass Toronto in the standings (might matter for home ice in ECF if Toronto upsets TB and Isles make it there) and NYR winning enough games to hurt their lottery odds despite being a completely awful team. A win win situation for NYI!


I am loving this year mostly for the 3 reasons you just posted. By the way a couple of surging teams in the west in St. Louis and Chicago.
By the way now that there is a coaching change with the Ducks  
The 12th Man : 2/11/2019 11:49 am : link
they will be definitely selling at the deadline. Anything there that would be a good fit for us? Still think Stone is the right player for this team right now.
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