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Game Preview: Islanders vs Coyotes

The Islanders look to win their third straight game when they host Arizona (7 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (4-3-1) VS ARIZONA COYOTES (0-7-1) 

7 P.M., BARCLAYS CENTER - BUY TICKETS

TV: MSG+, MSG GO

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

GAME NOTES MORNING SKATE UPDATES


The New York Islanders have won two straight and three of their last four games, but Head Coach Doug Weight isn't letting his team get ahead of themselves when they host the winless Arizona Coyotes. 

"We know we have a team that's going to come in really hungry to win a game," Weight said. "They are young, fast and it's going to be a tough game."

The Islanders do have history on their side, as they are 6-0-1 in their last seven home games against the Coyotes. Home ice has been an advantage for the Islanders this season, as they are 2-0-1 at Barclays Center and 22-4-4 overall against Western Conference teams in Brooklyn. 

LINEUP NOTES: 

After playing with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for two straight games, Head Coach Doug Weight is reverting back to a more traditional 12F/6D lineup. 

Scott Mayfield returns after missing Saturday's 5-3 win over San Jose, while Nikolay Kulemin returns to the lineup after missing two games as a healthy scratch. Ryan Pulock and Dennis Seidenberg come out of the lineup for Mayfield and Kulemin. Josh Ho-Sang will miss his second straight game as a healthy scratch. 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JORDAN EBERLE
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER MATHEW BARZAL JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD BROCK NELSON JASON CHIMERA
NIKOLAY KULEMIN CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY SCOTT MAYFIELD

 

BY THE NUMBERS: 

3 - game point streaks for Josh Bailey (2G, 2A), Mathew Barzal (1G, 2A) and Andrew Ladd (1G, 2A).

238 - goals for John Tavares. The Islanders captain is tied with Bob Bourne for seventh on the Islanders all-time goals list. 

BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT:

Tuesday is Blood Cancer Awareness Night at Barclays Center, with a portion of proceeds being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with this ticket link. 

Video: Brandon Bloom Becomes Islander for a Day

THE OPPOSITION: 

After an offseason overhaul, the Arizona Coyotes are still looking for their first win of the season. 

Former captain Shane Doan, longtime goaltender Mike Smith, Head Coach Dave Tippett and Radim Vrbata are all out for Arizona. The Coyotes brought in Derek Stepan, goalie Antti Raanta, defenseman Nicklas Hjalmarsson and Head Coach Rick Tocchet.  

Stepan has six points (2G, 4A) this season, Hjalmarsson has one assist and Raanta has been limited to three games because of a muscle strain. 

Rookie Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in goals (6) and points (8), while third-year forward Max Domi leads the team with six assists. Keller's six goals lead all rookies and are tied for fifth in the league. Keller is the former junior and collegiate teammate of Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows. 

Special teams have hurt the Coyotes this season, who rank in the bottom six in both power play (26th - 13.3%) and penalty kill (28th - 72.7%). After scoring a pair of power-play goals in their season opener, the Coyotes have gone 2-for-26 with the man advantage. 

Louis Domingue will start in goal for the Coyotes on Tuesday.

COYOTES PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
MAX DOMI DEREK STEPAN CLAYTON KELLER
JORDAN MARTINOOK CHRISTIAN DVORAK TOBIAS RIEDER
LAWSON CROUSE NICK COUSINS CHRISTIAN FISCHER
ZAC RINALDO MARIO KEMPE ANTHONY DUCLAIR
DEFENSE
OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON JASON DEMERS
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON ALEX GOLIGOSKI
KEVIN CONNAUTON LUKE SCHENN
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