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Preview: Islanders at Canucks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (33-20-7) VS. VANCOUVER CANUCKS  (24-25-12)

10 P.M. ROGERS ARENA, MSG+, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM

MORNING SKATE UPDATES:
FIVE THINGS:

1. METRO STANDINGS:

The New York Islanders are looking to bounce back after Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Islanders misstep was the Metropolitan Division’s gain, as the Pittsburgh Penguins are now one point back of the Isles while the New York Rangers extended their lead to seven points. The Islanders have three games in hand on the Rangers and one on the Penguins, but the competitive standings give Tuesday’s meeting with Vancouver extra importance. 

2. ISLANDERS ACQUIRE PRINCE, CLICHE:

UPDATE: Prince will make Islanders' debut on Tuesday, skating with John Tavares and Ryan Strome. More details, plus lineup notes at Isles Day-To-Day.

The New York Islanders acquired Shane Prince and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the team’s third-round pick in 2016 before Monday’s trade deadline.

Prince, 23, has 12 points (3G, 9A) in 42 games this season with the Senators. In 2014-15, he led the Binghamton Senators in scoring with 65 points (28G, 37A) in 72 American Hockey League games.


The Islanders also acquired Marc-André Cliche from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Taylor Beck.

Cliche, 28, has played in 38 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, recording six goals and 13 assists. Cliché will report to Bridgeport.

3. SIZZLING CIZIKAS:

Casey Cizikas is at home on the road, scoring points in each of the Islanders four games on their current road trip. Cizikas has eight points (3G, 5A) in his last eight games, including his current four-game point streak. The Islanders’ center has hit the scoresheet in nine of his last 10 games.

Cizikas is having a career-year, setting highs in assists (16) and points (23), in addition to being one of the team’s top penalty killers. The 25-year-old leads the Islanders in shorthanded minutes with 133:28 (first among forwards with 2:13 per game) and is tied with Cal Clutterbuck for the most shorthanded points (3). 

4. CANUCKS STAND PAT AT DEADLINE:

Twenty trades were completed on Monday before the NHL’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. The Vancouver Canucks were involved in none, though Adam Cracknell was claimed off waivers by Edmonton.

The Canucks stood pat, despite reported interest in pending unrestricted free agents Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata. General Manager Jim Benning told the media he tried to negotiate deals at the deadline, but was not satisfied with the potential returns. 

Both players had no-trade clauses. Hamhuis told reporters he was open to waiving his no-trade clause to play for Chicago and Dallas, who both inquired, but would not accept a trade to the Eastern Conference for family reasons.  

Vancouver went 4-6-1 in February and are now six points back of the Colorado Avalanche for the second Wild Card. 

5. LAST TIME OUT:

The Canucks have had the Islanders’ number in the past two seasons, as John Tavares and company are 0-2-1 in the last three meetings. The Islanders outshot the Canucks 48-26 on January 17 in Brooklyn, but fell 2-1 in a shootout. The Islanders last win over Vancouver was the memorable 7-4 win in March 2014, when the Isles scored seven third period goals. 

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