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Islanders Game 31: Sorokin Owns Coyotes, Palmieri In?



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TEMPE, AZ–The New York Islanders are in Arizona Friday night as they face the Coyotes for the first time at Mullet Arena. Puck drop is slated for 9:30 PM ET, 7:30 PM local time.

As we have seen often as of late, the New York Islanders did not hold a morning skate. Head coach Lane Lambert will speak to the media at 6:45 PM ET, 4:45 PM local time.

Based on Thursday’s practice, here’s what we can expect:

  • Kyle Palmieri (IR, upper-body) back in the lineup after missing the last 10 games (game-time decision)
  • Anthony Beauvillier (undisclosed) back in the lineup after missing the last two games (game-time decision)
  • Ilya Sorokin to get the start, owning a 0.34 GAA with a .960 SV% with two shutouts in three career games against the Arizona Coyotes
  • Adam Pelech (IR, upper-body) to miss his third straight game the Islanders decide to call up a seventh defenseman, someone on the current roster would need to be sent to Bridgeport, likely Simon Holmstrom or Hudson Fasching, who are both waiver-exempt.

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For the Arizona Coyotes, Karel Vejmelka will get the start against the Islanders, and the lineup will be identical from their last contest against the San Jose Sharks, per Craig Morgan.


Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Josh Bailey-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Robin Salo-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov


Clayton Keller-Travis Boyd-Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse-Nick Bjugstad-Matias Maccelli
Liam O’Brien-Jack McBain-Christian Fischer
Nick Ritchie-Barrett Hayton–Juuso Valimaki

Jakob Chychrun-Shayne Gostisbehere
J.J. Moser-Josh Brown
Patrik Nemeth-Troy Stetcher

Karel Vejmelka
Connor Ingram


Tonight, the New York Islanders make their first-ever visit to Mullett Arena in the second and final matchup between the Islanders and Arizona Coyotes this season. The Islanders begin their sixth back-to-back series of the season and second this month. They have a 4-1-0 record in the front end of back-to-back games so far this year.

The Islanders will look to earn a split in their season series against Arizona tonight.

Each of the Islanders’ next three matchups will be against Western Conference teams, and the Islanders have an 8-5-0 record against the West so far this season.


Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Arizona Coyotes? You can get the Islanders at -180 & +140 on the puck line. The Coyotes come in at +155 & -165 on the reverse puck line.

The over for the contest is 5.5 at -225, with the under at -105.

Head over to DraftKings to place your bets now!


Friday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio


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