ST. LOUIS–The New York Islanders (6-4-0) take on the St. Louis Blues (3-5-0) battle it out Thursday night at Enterprise Center. Puck drop is slated for 8 PM ET.
It’s a battle of the streaks, as the New York Islanders are riding a four-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 17-7. The St. Louis Blue have lost five straight in regulation, having been outscored 25-8.
“We know they’re a good hockey team here. You know, they’ve had a couple of struggles but we know they’re good team and we have to be ready to go and and we will focus on our game,” Lane Lambert said following the morning skate.
Everyone was accounted for on Thursday morning, including Matt Martin who missed Tuesday’s contest due to the birth of his daughter.
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield is from St. Louis and he led the final stretches.
“It’s nice. I got to see family yesterday. Grew up here until I was 16 years old, so it’s a special place to play back here,” Mayfield told NYI Hockey Now. “The first couple of times it’s a little more emotional. This time it’s a little more regular, but it’s always nice to be home playing in front of friends and family.”
Mayfield shared what the Islanders have to do to beat his hometown team.
“I mean, we know a lot of their guys, so we know what they bring,” Mayfield said. “Their defensemen jump up into the play. They have some offensive defensemen. We know Leddy pretty well. So it’s all about just our game plan going into the game.”
Former New York Islanders netminder Thomas Greiss was the only goaltender on the ice at St. Louis Blues optional morning skate. He was not in the starter’s crease, so Jordan Binnington (3-3-0, 3.28 GAA, .882 SV%) is the likely starter Thursday night against New York.
Another former Islander, Nick Leddy, is also a member of the Blues.
Binnington was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots against the Los Angeles Kings back on Monday, with Greiss stopping all 11 he faced in relief.
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
ST LOUIS BLUES LINES (PROJECTED)
Tonight, the New York Islanders visit the St. Louis Blues in the first of two meetings between the two clubs this season.
Tonight’s matchup is the second in a three-game road trip for the Islanders, who earned their fourth straight win on Tuesday night vs. the Blackhawks.
Islanders forward Brock Nelson found the scoresheet each time these two teams met last season, and the Islanders and Blues split their two-game season series in 2021-22. The Islanders have collected points in five of their last six meetings with St. Louis (4-1-1).
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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.