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Preview: Islanders vs. Jets

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (0-1-1) VS. WINNIPEG JETS (2-0-0)

1:00 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM, BUY TICKETS

FIVE THINGS:

1. Matinee: The puck drops on today's Columbus Day (and Canadian Thanksgiving) game at 1 p.m. The Islanders are looking for their first win of the season, as well as their first win at Barclays Center. 

2. Starting Goalies: Jack Capuano hasn’t named his starter for Monday’s matinee. Thomas Greiss started the Islanders season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, making 32 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss. Capuano is hesitant to start his goalies in back-to-back situations, so Jean-Francois Berube made his NHL debut on Saturday night. With two days to rest, Greiss is likely option A for Capuano, as Jaroslav Halak is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

3. Tavares: John Tavares scored the Islanders first regular-season goal at Barclays Center on Friday, but was held off the scoresheet Saturday in Chicago. Uncharacteristically, Tavares was issued a 10-minute misconduct in Saturday’s loss, after disputing a call with the officials. The Islanders captain scored 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) last season and is an essential key in the Islanders offense. 

4. Jets Taking Off: The Jets are 2-0-0 to start the season, after picking up wins in Boston and New Jersey. Winnipeg’s offense is hot, scoring nine goals in the opening two games. Blake Wheeler (two goals, one assist) and captain Andrew Ladd (one goal, two assists) lead the Jets with three points each, while 2011 first-round pick has goals in two straight games. 

5. Vs The Jets: The Islanders are 7-3-1 in 11 games against the Jets since they relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta. The Islanders went 1-1-0 against the Jets last season, winning 5-2 on New Year’s Eve in Winnipeg. 

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