NEW YORK ISLANDERS (2-1-1) VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS (4-0-0)
7:30 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM, BUY TICKETS
UPDATE: Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Hickey will make season debuts for the Islanders. Halak to start in goal. Hickey replaces Brian Strait on the blue line.
1. Rested Isles vs. Tired Sharks: The Islanders get the Sharks on the second half of a back-to-back set, as San Jose played Friday night in New Jersey. Last season, the Islanders were 9-2-1 when they are rested and their opponents were not.
2. Couture Out: Sharks forward Logan Couture suffered a broken right fibula in practice Thursday and is expected to be out four-to-six weeks. It’s unfortunate for Couture and San Jose, but the Islanders are catching a break, as Couture adds a lot of bite to the Sharks offense. Couture scored a career-high 67 points (27G, 40A) last season.3.Tavares:
John Tavares is off to a hot start this season, scoring six points (three goals, three assists) in four games. Tavares has goals in all three games at Barclays Center this season, including the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
4. Greiss, Greiss Baby: Thomas Greiss made 44 saves in a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday. Greiss has won two straight games for the Islanders and could get a chance to face his former team Saturday night, if Jaroslav Halak is still on the sidelines. Greiss played four seasons in San Jose, going 17-16-3 over that span.
5. Martin Jones: Martin Jones is off to a sizzling start in his first season as a starting goaltender. The former LA Kings backup is 4-0-0 to start the season and posted back-to-back shutouts against the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals. Jones made 31 saves in San Jose’s 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday, so backup Alex Stalock may get the start in the second half of San Jose’s back-to-back.