After defeating the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Friday night, the New York Islanders are back in action Saturday to face the Toronto Maple Leafs at UBS Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 pm ET.
The Islanders come into the contest with three consecutive wins and have a chance to two points of the Columbus Blue Jackets with five games in hand as they continue their climb in the Wild Card standings.
Following the game against the Arizona Coyotes, the New York Islanders announced the passing of Islanders legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, who tragically passed away at the age of 67 on Friday night. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, his friends, and anyone he ever touched. He will be dearly missed.
Austin Czarnik, who took Kieffer Bellows’ spot on Friday night had a strong showing and it is likely he will be back in the lineup again on Saturday. Ross Johnston did not play Friday despite completing his suspension. With the way the fourth line played and has played, expect Johnston to be a healthy scratch again on Saturday.
Oliver Wahlstrom did not play a shift in the third period of the 4-0 win over Arizona, but head coach Barry Trotz stated that him not playing was a coach’s decision and that he was fine. Casey Cizikas, who went to the dressing from after being on the receiving end of a hard hit, returned to the bench but did not play a shift.
Trotz said he is fine as well.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have blown a 3-1 lead in four of their pasts five contests (2-2-1). Petr Mrazek is the confirmed starter for Toronto against the Islanders.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Anders Lee — Mathew Barzal — Austin Czarnik
Anthony Beauvillier — Brock Nelson— Josh Bailey
Zach Parise— Jean-Gabriel Pageau —Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech — Scott Mayfield
Zdeno Chara— Noah Dobson
Robin Salo — Andy Greene
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS LINES (PROJECTED)
Michael Bunting— Auston Matthews — Mitch Marner
Alexander Kerfoot— John Tavares — William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev— David Kampf—Pierre Engvall
Wayne Simmonds— Jason Spezza— Joey Anderson
Morgan Reilly— T.J. Brodie
Rasmus Sandin — Timothy Liljegren
Carl Dahlstrom — Travis Dermott
The New York Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, in the second of three matchups between the two clubs this season.
The last time these teams met was on November 21, 2021, the Islanders’ second game ever at UBS Arena. Toronto becomes the first team to visit UBS Arena twice.
The Islanders enter tonight’s game on the back-end of their second back-to-back series this week, after they won at home against the Arizona Coyotes last night.
This evening, the Islanders can improve upon their 6-1-1 record in their last eight home games, as they have played all but one of their last nine at UBS Arena.
The New York Islanders are the underdogs tonight on home ice as they are +150 money line. The Toronto Maple Leafs are favorites on the road and come in at -182. The over for this game is set at 5.5, with the over at +100 and the under at -122.
The Islanders are -188 on the reverse puck line, while the Maple Leafs are +152 on the puck line.
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HOW TO WATCH
Saturday’s contest will be available on MSG+2 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.