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Game Preview: Islanders vs Blackhawks

The Isles take on the Blackhawks on Jordan Eberle mini bobblehead night (7 p.m. MSG+, MSG GO)

by Dan Hanson NYIslanders / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (31-33-10) VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (30-36-9)

7 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER - BUY TICKETS

TV: MSG+, MSG GO

RADIO: 88.7FM - WRHU, AM970 - The Answer, 103.9FM - LI News

JORDAN EBERLE BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT



*Graphic courtesy of Islanders PR

QUICK NOTES: 
  • The Islanders are coming off a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • The Blackhawks venture to Barclays Center for their first and only visit this season.
  • Anders Lee (38 goals) is closing in on the 40-goal mark.
  • Ryan Pulock is riding a career-long five-game point streak.
  • The Islanders power play has nine goals in four games
  • The Blackhawks are 0-4-1 in their last five games. 

    LINEUP NOTES: 

    Cal Clutterbuck returned to the Islanders lineup on Thursday, taking out Ross Johnston. Sebastian Aho was loaned to Bridgeport on Thursday. The Islanders had a CBA-mandated off day on Friday, so lineup changes will be announced after Saturday's morning skate.

    SEASON SERIES:

    The Islanders are 1-0-0 against the Blackhawks this season and look to sweep the season series with a win. Their last matchup came on January 20 which resulted in a 7-3 Islanders' victory at the United Center. Ryan Pulock scored a career-high five points in the win.  

    Video: Pulock leads Islanders to 7-3 win against Blackhawks

    BY THE NUMBERS:

    38 - goals for Anders Lee. Lee scored twice against the Lightning to move closer to 40 goals on the season. The last Islander to score 40 goals in a season was Jason Blake (2006-07). Lee has five goals in his last three games. 

    56 - assists for Mathew Barzal, 51 assists for Josh Bailey. The Islanders have two players with over 50 assists since Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier in 1985-86. Barzal is six assists shy of tying Trottier's Islanders rookie assist record. 

    8 - points in five games for Ryan Pulock. The defenseman has three goals and five assists over a career-long, five-game point streak. Pulock scored twice against Tampa Bay. Pulock's nine goals are tied for the lead among rookie defensemen (Mikhail Sergachev). 

    9 - power-play goals in four games. The Islanders' power play has nine goals over the past four games including two three-goal games against the Capitals and Lightning. The power play is 9-for-18 (50%) over that span. 

    THE BLACKHAWKS:

    Last Game: L 5-2 vs Vancouver

    Leading Scorers:

    Goals: Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat - 25

    Assists: Patrick Kane - 46 

    Points: Patrick Kane - 71

    For the first time since the 2007-08 season, the Chicago Blackhawks will not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With seven games to play, Chicago sits at the bottom of the Central Division with 69 points and are 25th place in the league. The Blackhawks bring a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) to Brooklyn. 

    Patrick Kane leads Chicago across the board with 71 points (25G, 46A). At the same time, forward Alex DeBrincat is tied with Kane for the team lead in goals with 25. Captain Jonathan Toews has 52 points of his own (20G, 32A), but has been sidelined after suffering an upper-body injury on Tuesday against Colorado.

    The Blackhawks will be without starting goalie Corey Crawford (16-9-2) who has been out with a lower-body injury for the past three months. Chicago has goaltended by committee since then and are currently using Anton Forsberg and former Islander J-F Berube. 

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