After a few days off following a disappointing performance against the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Islanders (15-9-0) are back in action as they host the Nashville Predators (11-9-2) Friday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM ET at UBS Arena.
The New York Islanders did not hold a morning skate, as head coach Lane Lambert will speak with the media at 4:45 PM.
The last time these two teams matched up, on Nov. 17, the Islanders got off to a horrendous start, trailing 3-1 after the first period. The Islanders did make a game out of it, but ultimately lost 5-4.
“They’re a high potent offensive team. They’ve got good defensemen, and I just felt like we didn’t have a very good start in Nashville,” Lambert said. “And so that was really the main takeaway for me is that once we started playing, we had success, but the start wasn’t there for us.”
At Thursday’s practice, Ilya Sorokin was the first netminder off, as he is likely to start against Nashville. He stopped 26 of 31 in that 5-4 loss but was left out to dry.
As of now, we know that Kyle Palmieri is on IR with his upper-body injury, retroactive to Nov. 21. Cal Clutterbuck’s shoulder is not what is ailing him right now, as he is still day-to-day. Josh Bailey (upper-body, day-to-day) did skate on Thursday but did not take part in line rushes as he left the ice well before that.
The Islanders recalled Hudson Fasching and Cole Bardreau Thursday, and it appears that if there are no positive injury reports, Fasching will make his Islanders debut.
The Predators did play Thursday night, a 5-4 comeback win over the red-hot New Jersey Devils. Juuse Saros got the start in goal, which likely means Kevin Lankinen will go against the Islanders.
Denis Potvin bobbleheads will be given to the first 10,000 fans in attendance, the first fan giveaway night of the season.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Simon Holmstrom-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Fasching
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Ross Johnston
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
NASHVILLE PREDATORS LINES (PROJECTED)
#Preds lines vs. NJD:
Forsberg – Parssinen – Granlund
Jeannot – Sissons – Duchene
Smith – Johansen – Niederreiter
Trenin – Glass – Jankowski
McDonagh – Josi
Ekholm – Carrier
Lauzon – Fabbro
— Emma Lingan (@emma_lingan) December 1, 2022
Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Nashville Predators in the second and final matchup between the two clubs this season. These teams last met just 15 days ago, when Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Adam Pelech each recorded multi-point games in Nashville.
The Islanders will play four home games in their next eight days.
They enter tonight’s game with a 7-3-0 record against Western Conference opponents this season and are 4-1-0 in their last five games at UBS Arena. Tonight, the Islanders look to earn their first win against the Predators since 2017.
DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Nashville Predators? You can get the Islanders at -155, +165 on the puck line. The Nashville Predators come in at +135, -195 on the reverse puck line.
The over for the contest is 6 at -105, with the under at -115.
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HOW TO WATCH
Friday’s contest will be available on ESPN+. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio