EAST MEADOW, NY–The New York Islanders (12-8-0) are back home after a four-game road trip as they host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers (10-9-0) at UBS Arena Wednesday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM ET.
The Edmonton Oilers were the last victims of the New Jersey Devils, losing 5-2 back on Sunday. They are 4-6-0 over their last 10 games.
The Islanders had a few injury scares in their loss to the Maple Leafs, as Brock Nelson went to the locker room early with a knee injury. Kyle Palmieri was forced to leave the game after being hit up high by Mike Reilly (IR), and Zach Parise limped off later on.
All three players were on the ice for the optional morning skate. All three took part in the line rushes.
The last time the Islanders faced the Oilers, they defeated them 3-2 in overtime as Noah Dobson scored the first overtime winner of his career. The Islanders held McDavid to three shots and an assist through regulation, and despite Leon Draisaitl scoring a goal (deflection off a defenseman in front), he was held shotless through regulation, getting a shot in overtime.
It’s rather difficult to stop these two, so how does one contain them?
“You just try to do it by committee,” New York Islanders forward Matt Martin said. “Try not to take too many risks while they’re on the ice. You want to make them earn everything. Get pucks deep and make them come 200 feet and stay above them.”
“Obviously, they’re great players, and they can still get their opportunities, but the harder you can make it on them, the better the chance is that you’re going to have success.”
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Josh Bailey— Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise— Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield
EDMONTON OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Oilers line rushes at practice:
Foegele – McDavid – Hyman
RNH – Draisaitl – Puljujarvi
Janmark – McLeod – Kostin
Holloway – Malone – Ryan
Nurse – Ceci
Kulak – Bouchard
Niemelainen – Barrie
Both Campbell and Skinner on the ice in net. #Oilers
— Tony Brar (@TonyBrarOTV) November 22, 2022
Stuart Skinner is the projected starter for Edmonton.
Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Edmonton Oilers in the first of two matchups between the two clubs this season.
The last time the Islanders hosted the Oilers was January 1, when Noah Dobson scored in overtime to help the team earn a 3-2 win.
The Islanders return home tonight following a four-game road trip and a 3-2 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
They have a 4-1-0 record in their last five games at UBS Arena, and have collected at least one point in four of their last five home meetings with Edmonton.
DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Edmonton Oilers? You can get the Islanders at -120, +215 on the puck line. The Oilers come in at +100, -120 on the reverse puck line.
The over for the contest is 6.5 at -1110, with the under also at -110.
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HOW TO WATCH
Wednesday’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.