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Sunday Showdown, Gm. 26: Islanders vs. Blackhawks, Line Combos, Betting Odds & More

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New York Islanders, Mathew Barzal
New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) looks to clear the puck pursued by Chicago Blackhawks center Kirby Dach (77) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin).

After two straight losses, the New York Islanders (15-10-0) host the Chicago Blackhawks (7-12-4) at UBS Arena at 7:30 PM.

The New York Islanders did not hold a morning skate on Sunday but were on the ice Saturday afternoon.

Everyone was on the ice besides Cal Clutterbuck (day-to-day, upper-body) and Kyle Palmieri (IR, upper-body). The two call-ups, Hudson Fasching and Cole Bardreau, were on the ice, but before practice came to a close, the Islanders announced Bardreau was headed back to Bridgeport.

Ilya Sorokin was the first netminder off the ice at practice, so take that as you may.

The Blackhawks were on Broadway Saturday night, as they defeated the New York Rangers 5-2. Petr Mrazek started in goal which likley means Arvid Soderblom gets the nod. The 23-year-old stopped 28 of 33 in relief of Stalock against the Islanders during their last meeting on Nov. 1, a 3-1 Islanders win.

That win had some drama, though.

In the first period, on Casey Cizikas‘s first shift, he collided with Blackhawks netminder Alex Stalock which led to a game misconduct and a fine. Stalock left the game with a concussion and is still out.

Cizikas Given Game Misconduct for Goalie Interference, Blackhawks Retaliate on Sorokin

Later in the game, Blackhawks forward Andreas Athanasiou ran into Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin, a by-the-books retaliation move, but just received a two-minute penalty for goaltender interference.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)

Josh Bailey-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Ross Johnston

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS LINES (PROJECTED)

Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Chicago Blackhawks in the second and final matchup between the two clubs this season. These teams last met on November 1 in Chicago, when Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, and Zach Parise each scored to help the Islanders earn a 3-1 win.

It has been almost exactly one year since the Islanders last hosted the Blackhawks, on December 5, 2021.

The Islanders have collected points in five of their last six meetings against Chicago, and they enter tonight’s game with a 5-1-0 record

Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Philadelphia Flyers? You can get the Islanders at -285, -110 on the puck line. The Chicago Blackhawks come in at +240, -110 on the reverse puck line.

The over for the contest is 5.5 at -120, with the under at +100.

Head over to DraftKings to place your bets now!

HOW TO WATCH

Sunday’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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