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Game Preview: Islanders at Oilers

The Islanders wrap up a back-to-back set against the Oilers (9 p.m., MSG+2)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (35-18-6) AT EDMONTON OILERS (24-29-6)

9 PM | ROGERS PLACE

WATCH: MSG+2| MSG GO | NHL.TV

LISTEN: 88.7FM WRHU | 103.9FM LI NEWS | RADIO.COM/ISLANDERS.COM


SEASON SERIES: NYI LEAD 1-0-0

The Islanders beat the Oilers 5-2 on Saturday night. Ryan Pulock, Valtteri Filppula, Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, who established a 2-0 first period lead and held off a series of Oilers comeback bids. 

Video: Five different Isles score in win against Oilers

ISLANDERS NOTES: 

-   The Islanders are looking to bounce back after a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. The loss snapped the Isles' two-game winning streak and marked the first time since Jan. 8 that the Islanders had allowed four goals in game. 

-   The Islanders are playing in the second night of a back to back on Thursday. The Islanders are a franchise record 9-0-0 on the second night of back to backs this season. 

-   Casey Cizikas scored his 16th goal of the season on Wednesday, giving the Islanders forward four goals in his last four games. 

-   Anders Lee scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season on Wednesday, marking the third straight season he's hit the 20-goal benchmark and the fourth time in five NHL seasons he's hit that mark. 

-   Robin Lehner is likely to start on Thursday as Barry Trotz tends to split his goalies during back-to-back situations. Lehner is 14-3-1 in his last 18 games. 

-   The Islanders (76 points) remain in first place in the Metropolitan Division and are three points ahead of the Washington Capitals (73 points) and five points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins (71 points). 


OILERS NOTES:

-   Connor McDavid missed Tuesday's game against Arizona with an illness. McDavid, the Oilers captain and leading scorer with 83 points (31G, 52A), also missed practice on Wednesday, raising doubts about his status for Thursday. 

-   Andrej Sekera made his season debut on Tuesday after missing 58 games with an Achilles injury. Sekera played 17:33 TOI in his season debut. Prior to his injury, Sekera had played 197 games for the Oilers, racking up 73 points (14G, 59A) over that span. 

-   The Oilers are 0-4-1 in their last five games and are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games. Edmonton (54 points) is seventh in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the LA Kings (52 points). The Oilers are seven points back of the second wild card berth. 


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