The New York Islanders go for their third straight win Tuesday when they host the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders league-leading offense (3.88 goals-per-game) is coming in hot after reeling off seven goals in a 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Frans Nielsen stole the show with a third-period hat trick, but the Islanders secondary scoring came through as a unit, producing all seven goals without the aid of captain and scoring-leader John Tavares.
Nikolay Kulemin contributed a goal and two assists, while Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Lubomir Visnovsky rounded out the offense. Kulemin, Lee and Visnovsky each scored his first goal of the season.
The Jets enter the game on the heels of a 2-1 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, improving their record to 3-5-0.
Bryan Little (5G, 1A) and Tobias Enstrom (6A) are tied for the team scoring lead with six points. Little, who leads the Jets in goals, played the hero Sunday night, scoring the overtime winner with 25 seconds to play. Enstrom leads the team in assists.
Hulking winger Dustin Byfuglien (6’5, 260 lbs.) leads the team in plus/minus with a +4 rating and makes up a physically imposing line with Chris Thorburn (6’3, 235 lbs.) and Adam Lowry (6’5, 207 lbs.).
The Jets are without Evander Kane, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since Oct. 11. Kane is travelling with the team, but will not play tonight against the Islanders.
Travis Hamonic (upper body) and Josh Bailey (hand) skated prior to Monday’s practice. Hamonic is considered day-to-day, while Bailey is expected to miss more significant time, although less time than Head Coach Jack Capuano previously thought. Both players will be monitored closely and Capuano said there was a “good chance” both players will accompany the team on their five-game road trip starting Thursday.
The Islanders went 1-1-0 against the Jets last season. The Islanders beat the Jets in overtime on Mar. 4 at MTS Centre, but dropped a 3-2 decision on Nov. 27 at Nassau Coliseum.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m.