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Game Preview: Islanders vs Golden Knights

The Islanders take on the Golden Knights for the first time this season (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (14-11-4) VS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (17-14-1)

7 PM | BARCLAYS CENTER | BUY TICKETS

WATCH: MSG+ | MSG GO | NHL.TV

LISTEN: 88.7FM WRHU | 103.9FM LI NEWS | RADIO.COM/ISLANDERS

MORNING SKATE UPDATES | GAME NOTES


SEASON SERIES (0-0-0):

This is the first meeting between the Islanders and Golden Knights this season. The Islanders won both meetings last year, winning 6-3 at Barclays Center and 2-1 at T-Mobile Arena. 

The Islanders remain the only team the Vegas Golden Knights have yet to beat in the NHL. The teams meet again on Dec. 20 in Las Vegas. 


Video: Morning Skate: NYI vs. VGK 12/12
ISLANDERS NOTES: 

-- The Islanders enter Wednesday's action on a two-game point streak, beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Saturday, while earning a point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. 

-- Cal Clutterbuck and Jordan Eberle both left Monday's game in the third period and did not return. The Islanders did not skate on Tuesday, so their status' - as well as Tom Kuhnhackl and Luca Sbisa's - remain unknown. UPDATE: Clutterbuck and Eberle are in. Kuhnhackl is out. Leo Komarov is a game-time decision. Josh Ho-Sang is expected to make his season debut if Komarov can't play.

-- Josh Bailey leads the Islanders with 24 points (7G, 17A) in 29 games. 

-- Mathew Barzal drew his 15th penalty; moving him into the top-5 in the NHL in that category. He has drawn an NHL-leading 55 penalties since the start of last year. 


GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES: 

-- Vegas have won three of their past four games, most recently beating the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Sunday. Vegas (35 points) is tied with Dallas (35 points) for the second wild card, but the Stars have played two fewer games. 

-- The Golden Knights are a different team at home vs on the road. Vegas is 10-3-1 on home ice, but are 7-11-0 off The Strip. 

-- Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson co-lead the Golden Knights with 23 points apiece. 

-- Paul Stastny practiced with the Golden Knights on Tuesday and reportedly could return to the lineup against the Islanders on Wednesday. Stastny has been sidelined since Oct. 8 with a lower-body injury, only playing three games with Vegas after signing as a free agent over the summer. UPDATE: Stastny is a game-time decision. 

- Marc-Andre Fleury will start for Vegas. Fleury is 17-10-1 with a 2.51 GAA, a .908 SV% and a league-leading five shutouts.  


*Graphic courtesy of Islanders PR

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