|NEW YORK ISLANDERS|
13–8–0 (26 points; .619%)
ROSTER / SCHEDULE
8:00 P.M. – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
BALLY SPORTS OHIO
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The sixth and final game of a season-long homestand for the Columbus Blue Jackets is Friday night when they battle the New York Islanders in a Metro division match-up.
A win by the Blue Jackets will give the team a split of the six-game set. They won the first two with a combined 11 goals against the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens, but have dropped two of the last three — including a 3-1 loss to those same Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Here's what to know when the Isles visit Nationwide Arena on Black Friday:
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER MONEYPUCK||52%|
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER THE 538||47%|
|CAESAR'S SPORTSBOOK BETTING||NIYI -190|
|ISLES: LAST THREE GAMES|
|WED, 11/23||vs. EDMONTON||W 3-0|
|MON, 11/21||@ TORONTO||W 3-2 OT|
|SAT, 11/19||@ DALLAS||L 5-2|
|ISLES: TEAM LEADERS|
TALKING POINTS: NYI
The Islanders played their best game of the season Wednesday night. Not only did they shutout the Edmonton Oilers by a 3-0 score, they did so in versatile fashion: a power play goal, a short-handed goal, and an even-strength tally.
But more impressive than all that? Goaltender Ilya Sorokin, who stopped all 49 Edmonton shots for the most saves in a shutout in his NHL career. Don't let the 27-year-old get hot: It was the sixth time in his career that Sorokin made 40+ saves. Four of those games were shutouts, and he's 6-0-0 in those six 40+ save efforts.
With an 84.1% kill rate, New York trails only San Jose (91.4%) and Boston (85.7%) in penalty kill efficiency. The Blue Jackets are out of the basement in power play percentage, but at 13.0% and less than one percent out of again being last, the Islanders four-man unit is potent enough to potentially put Columbus back at 32nd.
- The Islanders bring a balanced offensive attack to Nationwide Arena. No skater has ten goals — Brock Nelson leads the team with nine — but seven players have scored at least five goals and three more are at four. Top center Mathew Barzal finds 'em all, though. With 21 assists, he's second in the league in helpers and trails Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche by just one.
Carson Meyer is expected to make his season debut for the Blue Jackets. The Powell native had a stat line of 1-2-3 in 13 games with his hometown club last season, and has been impressive this season in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters, posting a stat line of 6-12-18 in 15 games. Meyer comes in for Emil Bemstrom, who was demoted to the Monsters.
Johnny Gaudreau had a four-game point streak snapped in Wednesday's loss. Columbus is 1-5-1 in the seven games Gaudreau has been off the scoreboard, but 4-0-0 in his four multi-point games. As Johnny Hockey plays, the Blue Jackets play.
This is nothing to boast about, but it's at least worth noting that the Blue Jackets have only given up three or less goals in consecutive games twice this season. The first time was in a pair of wins October 18th and 20th against Vancouver and Nashville. The second? These last two games. In all four referenced games, they've allowed three goals per contest, so again — it's not stellar. But it is the best Columbus has managed through the first quarter of the season.
Updated: 7:05 a.m. // Subject to Change
|13||Johnny Gaudreau||38||Boone Jenner||91||Kent Johnson|
|59||Yegor Chinakhov||34||Cole Sillinger||14||Gys Nyquist|
|19||Liam Foudy||96||Jack Roslovic||72||Carson Meyer|
|50||Eric Robinson||7||Sean Kuraly||24||Matheiu Olivier|
|4||Vladislav Gavrikov||47||Marcus Bjork|
|23||Jake Christiansen||44||Eric Gudbranson|
|15||Gavin Bayreuther||2||Andrew Peeke|
|70||Joonas Korpisalo||40||Daniil Tarasov|