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Game Preview: Islanders vs Blues

The Islanders take on the defending Stanley Cup champions in a Columbus Day matinee (1 p.m., MSG+)

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The New York Islanders responded to Friday's 5-2 loss in Carolina with a 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The team felt it was one of their more complete efforts of the young season, but to get back to .500 they'll have to beat the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in a Columbus Day matinee. 


- The Islanders recalled Oliver Wahlstrom on Monday morning - the first recall for the 2018 first-round pick - and he will make his NHL debut. Wahlstrom is tied for second on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with three points (1G, 2A). 

- To make room for Wahlstrom on the roster, Casey Cizikas was placed on IR with a lower-body injury retroactive to Oct. 8. Cizikas has missed the Islanders last two games. 

- Jordan Eberle is day to day and will miss Monday's contest.


-   The Islanders scored a 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey scored in regulation, while Brock Nelson scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout. Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves for his first win as an Islander. 

-   Head Coach Barry Trotz shuffled his lines ahead of Saturday's win, as only Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle started the game together. Lee (1G), Barzal (1A) and Eberle (1A) all recorded a point. 

-   Eberle labored towards the end of Saturday's win and did not play in overtime or the shootout. Trotz did not have an update on Eberle after the game, so his status for Monday is unknown. Eberle has three assists in his last two games. 

-   Casey Cizikas missed his second straight game on Saturday, the residual effects of a lower-body injury he suffered in the Islanders final preseason game on Sept. 28. With Cizikas out, Leo Komarov has played the past two games as the team's fourth-line center. 

-   Nick Leddy returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing Friday's game with an undisclosed issue. 

-   The Islanders are 6-1-1 in their last eight games against the Blues. The Islanders swept the season series last year. 

-   The Islanders will wear their third jerseys on Monday afternoon. 


-   The Blues had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, as they fell 6-3 to the Montreal Canadiens. The loss was the Blues' first regulation defeat of the season.

-   The Blues enter the season as the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Blues were last in the NHL on Jan. 3 last season before mounting a stunning turnaround that culminated with the sport's ultimate prize. 

-   While a majority of the team is intact, there are some new faces in St. Louis. Justin Faulk was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes for Joel Edmundson on Sept. 24. Fualk has one assist in five games with his new team. 

-   Ryan O'Reilly leads the Blues with seven points. He ranks fourth in the League with 60 face-off wins and has won 57.5 percent of his draws.

-   Brayden Schenn, who inked an eight-year extension on Oct. 4, leads the team with four goals. Schenn has scored in four-straight games, which matches a career-high. 

-   Goaltender Jordan Binnington is 2-1-1 to start the season with a 2.89 GAA and a .910 SV%. Last season, as a rookie, Binnington went 24-5-1 with a 1.89 GAA, .927 SV% and five shutouts. 

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