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New York Islanders

On Friday night, the New York Islanders (17-17-6) battle the Edmonton Oilers (23-18-3), a first of a back-to-back. After Friday’s contest, the Islanders are in Calgary to face the Flames for the second leg. Puck drop Friday is slated for 9:00 PM ET at Rogers Place.

The New York Islanders were victorious their last time out on Wednesday as an offensive explosion in the first period sent them on their path to a 6-3 victory.  Islanders head coach Barry Trotz changed up his lines, with Cal Clutterbuck on the top line, Ross Johnston on the second line and Anthony Beauvillier on the fourth line.

“When you win you’re obviously more inclined to keep your lines fairly intact, which they will today,” Trotz said following Friday’s morning skate. “They will be pretty well intact.”

The Edmonton Oilers were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 which led to the firing of Dave Tippet. Jay Woodcroft, the head coach of the Bakersfield Condors (AHL), has been named the interim head coach.

He will make his NHL coaching debut Friday.

“It’s a clean slate for the entire team over there and everyone’s looking to make their first impression on the new coach,” Matt Martin said. “So we expect their best tonight.”

The last time these two teams met was on New Year’s Day, as thanks to Noah Dobson’s overtime tally, the Islanders took the two points.

In that contest, the Islanders played one of their stronger defensive games, as they held the Oilers to just 19 shots, with superstar Leon Draisaitl recording ‘one’ shot on goal (got an assist on a deflected pass). Connor McDavid was contained as best as he could be, with an assist and just three shots on goal.

Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin got the start as he stopped 17 of 19.

With the back-to-back situation, it is likely Sorokin gets the start Friday night, with Semyon Varlamov getting the nod against Calgary on Saturday. That’s how it has gone this season.

But we will not know who starts until warmups.

Kyle Palmieri rejoined the New York Islanders in Edmonton after missing Wednesday’s contest in Vancouver due to the birth of his child.

Edmonton Oilers starting netminder Mikko Koskinen tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 7 and is not eligible to return yet. Mike Smith (2-4-1, 3.83 GAA, .890 SV%) will make his third straight start in goal.


Anders Lee—Mathew Barzal—Cal Clutterbuck

Ross Johnston—Brock Nelson—Josh Bailey

Zach Parise—Jean-Gabriel Pageau—Oliver Wahlstrom

Matt Martin—Casey Cizikas–Anthony Beauvillier

Adam Pelech—Scott Mayfield

Zdeno Chara—Noah Dobson

Andy Greene—Ryan Pulock

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov


Zach Hyman—Connor McDavid–Jesse Puljujarvi

Evander Kane—Leon Draisaitl—Kailer Yamamoto

Warren Foegele—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Derek Ryan

Tyler Benson—Ryan McLeod—Devin Shore

Darnell Nurse—Evan Bouchard

William Lagesson—Cody Ceci

Markus Niemelainen—Tyson Barrie

Mike Smith

Stuart Skinner


Tonight, the New York Islanders visit the Edmonton Oilers in the second game of their Western Canada road trip.

It is the second of two meetings between the two clubs this season: the last time these teams met was January 1, 2022, when Anthony Beauvillier, Noah Dobson, and Anders Lee each scored in a 3-2 overtime victory.

It has been nearly three years since the Islanders visited the Oilers at Rogers Place on February 21, 2019.

This evening’s game begins the second of three back-to-back series this month. They have won the first leg of their last three back-to-backs.


The New York Islanders are the road underdogs at +125 and are -210 on the reverse puck line. The Edmonton Oilers are the home favorite at -145 and are +175 on the puck line. The over is set at 5.5 at -120 with the under 5.5 at +100.


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