NEW YORK ISLANDERS (4-2-1) VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES (5-2-0)
8 P.M. SCOTTRADE CENTER, MSG+2, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM
1. Back-to-Back: The Islanders play the second half of a home-and-road, back-to-back on Saturday. The Islanders are taking on a well-rested, but banged-up Blues club that hasn’t played since losing 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Jack Capuano has a tendency to alternate his goalies in back-to-back games, so Thomas Greiss will likely get the start on Saturday. Jaroslav Halak played Friday night against the Boston Bruins.
2. Tavares Streaking: With an assist Friday, John Tavares extended his points streak to five games (three goals, six assists). Despite lengthening his streak, the Islanders captain said he expects more from himself and his squad on Saturday night, after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Boston Bruins on Friday.
3. Elliott in Goal: Brian Elliott will start Saturday’s contest for the Blues. Elliott split the workload with Jake Allen last season, but the veteran Elliott could be separating himself from 25-year-old Allen early this season. Elliott is 4-0 this season, with a 2.01 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
4. Tarasenko: Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues in goals (five) and points (nine) heading into Saturday’s game. The Russian winger had a six-game point streak snapped Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.
5. Schwartz Injured:
Jaden Schwartz is out for Saturday’s game. The Blues forward left Friday’s practice after colliding with the goal post and was sent to the hospital for further evaluations. Schwartz joins a growing list of injured Blues including: Paul Stastny (broken foot), Robby Fabbri (concussion), Patrik Berglund (shoulder) and Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body).