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Preview: Islanders at Maple Leafs

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (19-12-5) VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (13-14-7)

7 P.M. AIR CANADA CENTRE, MSG+2, CHANNEL FINDERWNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM

FOUR THINGS:

1. REMATCH:

The Islanders are looking to exact some revenge on the Maple Leafs, who beat them 3-1 on Sunday night. The Islanders were burned by two goals in less than two minutes from Tyler Bozak and Michael Grabner and admittedly played a poor second period. Staying engaged for the full 60 minutes and getting more pucks on net – the Islanders were held to 14 shots on goal through two periods and finished with 26 on the night – are two of the top priorities. 

“We have to play a full 60,” Casey Cizikas said. “We have to play our style and get pucks in deep. When we did have opportunities, when we did have good puck possession, we had pucks behind their D we were getting in the o-zone and taking pucks to the net.”

UPDATE: GREISS IN GOAL, ZIDLICKY FOR STRAIT, NEW LINE COMBOS

2. HALAK STAYS HOME:

Jaroslav Halak was absent at Monday’s practice and will not accompany the team to Toronto. Jack Capuano said Halak is still considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury and did not offer a timetable for his return. Thomas Greiss and Christopher Gibson were the Islanders’ two netminders in practice and Greiss is the likely starter on Tuesday night. Greiss stopped 35-of-37 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Sunday evening. Read more at Isles Day-to-Day.

3. 30 FOR 30: THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL: 

The Islanders haven’t allowed a power-play goal in a franchise-record 14 games, going 31-for-31 over that span. As a result, the Islanders’ penalty kill is ranked second in the league at 87.3% and the team has gone 8-4-2 in those 14 games. 

“We get more of a consistent effort when we’re really pressuring the puck,” Josh Bailey said. “We’re not allowing a team to get too comfortable out there and set up. Playing the power play you never like to have a kill that’s coming at you 100 miles an hour so we try to implement that on our PK.”  

4. MAPLE LEAFS START BERNIER: 

While the Islanders are likely to go back to Greiss, the Leafs have announced they are going back to Jonathan Bernier. Bernier lost his first 11 games of the season (0-8-3), and even spent some time in the American Hockey League, before earning his first win of the season. Since then, Bernier has gone 3-1-0, so the Leafs netminder appears to be back on track. Bernier made 25 saves against the Islanders on Sunday. 

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