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Despite a Season-High 49 Shots, Islanders Lose 4-1 to Predators



New York Islanders

ELMONT, NY–The New York Islanders lost their second straight game as they fell 4-1 to the Nashville Predators on Friday night. The Islanders did set a season-high in shots, with 49, but Nashville netminder Kevin Lankinen stood tall.

The Islanders are now 15-10-0 on the season.


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

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

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov


Filip Forsberg gave the Nashville Predators a 1-0 lead at 14:18 of the first period as he was left all alone inside the left circle on the power play. His eighth goal of the season was assisted by Matt Duchene and Roman Josi.

Roman Josi gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 8:22 of the second period, while on a four-on-three power play. His point shot went bar and in glove side for his sixth of the season, assisted by Forsberg and Duchene.

Mathew Barzal scored his third goal of the season, his second on the power play, as he sniped Predators netminder Kevin Lankinen glove side and in to cut the deficit to 2-1. Brock Nelson was credited with the lone assist at 11:06 of the third.

The Predators added to empty-net goals, one from Matt Duchene (18:47 of third) and the other from Mikail Granlund (19:23 of third), as the Predators won 4-1.

Islanders Lose Special Teams Battle

The New York Islanders had their chances on the power play against the Nashville Predators, going one-for-four on the power play.

Mathew Barzal scored the lone power-play goal as he kept it simple.

On the flip side, Nashville took advantage of their power plays, as they scored their first two of the contest up a man. The trips to the penalty box and the ensuing goals against put the Islanders in a hole, which they were unable to dig themselves out of.

Bailey Back in, Bardreau Skates on Fourth Line

After missing Tuesday’s contest with an upper-body injury, Josh Bailey was back in the lineup after being a game-time decision. He skated on the third line with Zach Parise and Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

In 13:34 minutes, Bailey registered two shots on goal and a giveaway.

Cole Bardreau, who was called up Thursday, skated in his first NHL game since Feb. 13 of 2020. After skating as an extra in Thursday’s practice, he skated alongside Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas, in Cal Clutterbuck’s spot. Clutterbuck is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

It wasn’t smooth sailing for Bardreau early as he took a slashing penalty in the first period, leading to the Predators first goal of the contest.

He did not skate for the rest of the first period, but was back on the ice for the second.

“I mean, anytime I take a penalty being on the fourth line with limited minutes, it just, it just can’t happen whether it’s weak or not. So yeah, obviously kicking my head there…”

In six minutes of action, Bardreau recorded two hits.

Islanders Honor Denis Potvin

From 1979-1987, Denis Potvin donned the “C” for the New York Islanders. Over that time, the Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups, a tale as old as time. On Friday night, as part of the Islanders’ 50th season, the Islanders honored Potvin and his achievements with the organization.

The first 10,000 fans received Denis Potvin bobbleheads as well.

Potvin was also throwing “Potvin Socks” to fans during the game as well, as the Islanders brought that apparel back after they were a success back on Oct. 26 when the New York Rangers came to town.

Next up: The New York Islanders host the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night at 7:30 PM ET.