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Game Preview: Islanders vs Canucks

The Islanders look for their fourth-straight win when they host the Canucks (7 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders




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Fresh off a 3-0-0 week, the New York Islanders are back in action when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO). 

The Islanders are on a roll, having won six of their last seven and look to keep their winning ways alive on home ice, where they hold a 7-0-2 record and are the only NHL team without a home regulation loss. 

Tuesday's game will hold a little extra meaning for Coquitlam, BC native Mathew Barzal, as the Islanders rookie plays against his hometown team for the first time. Barzal brings a six-game point streak (3G, 6A) into the contest. 

"I've never played against them, but I've been to a lot of games, so it'll be fun," Barzal said. "I've obviously watched the Sedins since I was a little kid and I've got a friend over there - Jake Virtanen - so it'll be a fun night. It's going to be cool, I'll take it in a little bit at the start, but once the puck drops, you're just playing hockey."

Canucks coach Travis Green will also be coaching against the Islanders for the first time on Tuesday. The rookie coach played 388 games for the Islanders as a player, racking up 237 points (92G, 145A) for the team during the mid-1990s. 

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Casey Cizikas missed Monday's practice with a lower-body injury, sustained in the second period of the Islanders 2-1 win over Ottawa on Saturday. 

Head coach Doug Weight said Cizikas' injury wasn't serious, but he didn't have a definitive timeline for a return. It could be as early as Tuesday, or as long as a week. 

Anthony Beauvillier centered the fourth line in Cizikas' absence. Beauvillier was a healthy scratch in Saturday's win. 

Weight will reveal his lineup at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday morning. 


6 - straight games with a power-play goal. The Isles power play is 7-for-25 over that span. 

The Islanders are 3-0-1 in their last four games against the Canucks and have won three straight meetings. 


Tuesday's meeting pits two of the NHLs top rookies against each other, as Mathew Barzal and Brock Boeser face off. 

Barzal (23 points) and Boeser (22) are first and second in rookie scoring. Boeser is tied for the rookie lead in goals (11), while Barzal leads first-years in assists (17). 

According to Brock Nelson, who skates with Boeser over the summer and share an alma mater at the University of North Dakota, the Canucks rookie is a heady player who's strong on his skates and can finish.

Barzal's speed and skating ability - which he showcased by taking a full lap around the Senators zone before setting up Saturday's game-winner - are his strengths, but both are proving effective in their first full seasons. 

Barzal is currently riding a six-game point streak (3G, 6A), while Boeser had his six-game point streak (6G, 2A) snapped in Sunday's shootout loss to the Rangers. 


There's a bit of a youth movement happening in Vancouver, as rookie Brock Boeser and 22-year-old Bo Horvat have become the focal point of the team's offense - replacing 10 years of Sedin dominance in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to last season, the Sedins were first and second in team scoring every year for a decade. 

Boeser (23 points), Horvat (17 points) and Sven Baertschi (17 points) are the Canucks new top line. Henrik and Daniel Sedin are providing the secondary scoring and it's fitting that the identical twins have matching point totals (12). 

"They still make plays all over the ice, they are smart, smart hockey players," Weight said of the Sedins. "Boeser is hot right now, Horvat is a heck of a player and Baertschi is playing really well for them. They are deeper than people give them credit."

Brandon Sutter will miss Tuesday's game, while Erik Gudbranson has missed two straight games and the team's practice on Monday. 

Former Islanders Anders Nilsson and Thomas Vanek now suit up for the Canucks. Vanek has 16 points (5G, 11A) in 24 games, while Nilsson is 5-1-1 2.25 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. 

The Canucks are 2-1-1 on their current six-game road trip and are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers on Sunday afternoon. 


Join the Islanders and the March of Dimes as we join forces to give every baby a fighting chance on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. We're collecting new baby clothing (preemie/newborn), blankets, receiving blankets, diapers (preemie/newborn), formula, bottles, baby hygiene supplies and new baby toys. Fans donating three (3) or more baby supplies at the Nov. 28th game will receive a ticket voucher* for the Dec. 13th game vs. the Dallas Stars.

*One ticket voucher per person. While supplies last. Ticket voucher cannot be redeemed night of Nov. 28.

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