NEW YORK ISLANDERS (43-25-7) VS ARIZONA COYOTES (36-32-7)
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SEASON SERIES: NYI LEAD 1-0-0
The Islanders beat the Coyotes 3-1 in their first and only previous meeting this season. Robin Lehner made 36 saves, while Josh Ho-Sang, Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders. Mario Kempe scored the lone goal for the Coyotes.
The Isles have won five straight home games against the Coyotes and are 8-0-1 in their last nine home games against the Yotes.
Video: Islanders score three unanswered in 3-1 road win
- After being shut out in two straight games, the Islanders offense got back into gear on Saturday in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Brock Nelson snapped the Isles goal drought at 134:27 with his first period marker, a moment that allowed the Isles to collectively exhale. Josh Bailey scored two third period goals in the win, while Nick Leddy rounded out the scoring.
- Saturday's win halted the Islanders two-game losing streak, which has become a characteristic for Barry Trotz's group. The Islanders haven't lost three straight games since Nov. 5-10 and have not lost three straight games in regulation all season.
- With the win, the Islanders (93 points) are one point back of the Washington Capitals (94 points) for the Metropolitan Division lead. The Islanders can overtake first place with a win and a Capitals loss.
- The Islanders magic number to clinch a playoff berth is eight. That number can drop to six with a win on Sunday.
- The Islanders power play went 0-for-5 against the Flyers on Saturday and is 0-for-10 over the past three games. Dating back to Feb. 23, the Islanders are 1-for-36 with the man advantage.
- Johnny Boychuk returned to the Islanders lineup on Saturday after missing six games (two with an upper-body injury, four as a healthy scratch).
- Josh Bailey scored two goals, including the game-winner on Saturday. Bailey's goals were his 15th and 16th of the season and his first since Feb. 26. Bailey's 16 goals are two shy of his career-high (18), set last season.
- The Islanders are playing the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday. They are currently 10-1-1 in the second half of back to backs this season.
- Barry Trotz will coach his 1600th career game on Sunday.
Video: Morning Skate 3/24: Barry Trotz
- The Arizona Coyotes (79 points) are in the thick of a Western Conference playoff race, one point back of the Colorado Avalanche (80) for the second Wild Card seed. The Yotes have been on a tear in the second half of the season, going 19-11-4 (42 points) since Jan. 5. The Coyotes are looking for their first playoff berth in seven seasons.
- The Coyotes have mounted a playoff push despite losing 356 man games to injury this season. Currently, Antti Raanta and Nick Schmaltz are currently out with lower-body injuries.
- Goalie Darcy Kuemper has powered the Coyotes playoff push. Kuemper is 19-7-5 with a 2.21 GAA and a .928 SV% since the calendar flipped to 2019. Kuemper is third in wins over that span. UPDATE: Kuemper will start in goal on Sunday, his 17th straight start.
- The Coyotes are a defensively-minded squad, ranking 10th in the NHL in goals-against per game (2.77) and are fourth with 1186 blocked shots.
- Arizona boasts the league's second-best penalty kill at 85.4%.
- Arizona is coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon. The Coyotes are 0-2-1 on their current road trip, which wraps up on Sunday at the Coliseum.
- Derek Stepan returned to the Coyotes lineup on Saturday after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. Stepan has 32 points (13G, 19A) in 65 games this season.
- Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in assists (32) and points (46). Alex Galchenyuk and Brad Richardson leads the Coyotes with 17 goals this season. Arizona boasts 11 players with 10 goals or more this season.