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Preview: Islanders at Sharks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (7-5-3) VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS (7-7-0)

10:30 P.M. SAP CENTER, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM

MORNING SKATE UPDATES: GREISS IN GOAL, ISLANDERS SHUFFLE LINES

FIVE THINGS:

1. Offense: The Islanders offense has been quiet over the past four games, tallying five goals over that span, but in the nine games previous, the Islanders scored 32 goals, averaging 3.5 goals-per-game. Eventually, the offense will break out, as the Islanders were the fourth highest-scoring team in the NHL last season. 

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2. Adam Pelech Recalled: With six healthy defensemen on the roster, the Islanders recalled Adam Pelech for their trip to California. Pelech has two goals in 14 games, but the 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman sees himself as more of a stay-at-home type and leads the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with a plus-nine rating this season. Capuano said the Islanders were looking to add a left-handed shot to the back end, which factored into the decision to bring Pelech instead of Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield who are both right-handed shots.

3. Rematch: Kyle Okposo scored a goal and two assists as the Islanders defeated the Sharks 6-3 on October 17 at Barclays Center. The Islanders six goals was their highest output against the Sharks in 36 games, dating back to 1993. The Islanders haven’t swept the Sharks since the 1995-96 season. 



4. Boychuk:
Johnny Boychuk has points in two straight games including the Islanders lone goal on Sunday against his former team, the Boston Bruins. Boychuk brings a booming shot and is one of the Islanders top threats from the back end. He leads all Islanders defensemen with seven points (2G, 5A) and is tied for fourth in team scoring. Boychuk set career highs last season with nine goals, 26 assists and 35 points. 



5. Pavelski: Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks with eight goals and 13 points through 14 games this season. The Sharks’ captain had a seven-game point streak snapped on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. Pavelski has recorded points in 10 of the Sharks’ 14 games this season, including a goal against the Islanders in their previous meeting. 
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