NASHVILLE, TN– After winning their last two contests, the New York Islanders (11-6-0) take on the Nashville Predators (7-8-1) Thursday night. Puck drop is slated for 8:00 PM ET at Bridgestone Arena.
As mentioned, the New York Islanders have won their last two games, outscoring their opponents 8-5. Like the Islanders, the Predators have also won two straight, outscoring their opponents 4-2.
New York was on the ice for optional morning skate, with a perfect attendance. There was no call-up, as the Islanders are rocking a 22-man roster.
Josh Bailey skated with the extras as Ross Johnston will be in the lineup for a second straight night.
For Nashville, netminder Juuse Saros was in the starter’s crease at their morning skate and was the first goaltender off the ice. He will make his 13th start of the season and his seventh career start against the Islanders.
He’s 5-1-0 against New York, with a 2.31 GAA and a .916 SV%.
The Islanders will see former teammate Nino Niederreiter, who was traded to the Minnesota Wild in 2013, in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck.
Former New York Rangers captain and current Predators defenseman Ryan McDonagh will skate in his 800th career NHL game.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Zach Parise— Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier
Ross Johnston — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield
NASHVILLE PREDATORS LINES (PROJECTED)
Filip Forsberg — Juuso Parssinen — Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter — Ryan Johansen — Matt Duchene
Yakov Trenin — Mark Jankowski — Tanner Jeannot
Cole Smith — Colton Sissons — Eeli Tolvanen
Roman Josi — Dante Fabbro
Mattias Ekholm — Alexandre Carrier
Ryan McDonagh — Jeremy Lauzon
Tonight, the New York Islanders visit the Nashville Predators in the first of two matchups between the two clubs this season. It has been
more than a year since the Islanders last visited Bridgestone Arena on October 30, 2021, when they collected a point in a shootout.
Tonight’s matchup is the second in a four-game road trip for the Islanders, after they earned a 4-2 win in Ottawa on Monday night.
The Islanders enter tonight’s game with a 6-1-0 record against Western Conference teams this season, and three of their next four games will be against Western opponents.
DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER
Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Nashville Predators? You can get the Islanders at -105, +275 on the reverse puck line. The Predators come in at -115, +195 on the puck line.
The over for the contest is 5.5 at -12, with the under at +100.
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HOW TO WATCH
Thursday’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.