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Eberle of New York, Strome of Edmonton to face each other

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

OILERS (4-8-1) at ISLANDERS (8-5-1)

7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, MSG+, SNOL, NHL.TV

 

The Game

New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle and Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Strome each will face his former team for the first time when the Oilers visit the Islanders at Barclays Center on Tuesday.

Eberle and Strome were traded for one another on June 22. Eberle was a five-time 20-goal scorer with Edmonton; he has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 14 games for New York. Strome, the No. 5 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, has five points (two goals, three assists) in 13 games for the Oilers.

Goaltender Thomas Greiss will make his second straight start for the Islanders, 5-0-1 at Barclays Center this season. It's their best home start since 1982-83 (6-0-0).

Edmonton, which is beginning a four-game road trip, has lost three of its past four games.

 

Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games.

Islanders center Mathew Barzal had five assists in a 6-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, and has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in a five-game point streak.

 

They said it

"They're playing extremely well, in my opinion. Their power play's been a weapon for them lately, it's been very hot. They seem to have an offensive confidence right now that's very high." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on the Islanders

"I think they've got a player on that team you don't want to play open ice with. He's the best player on the planet, so we've got to really watch him. At the same time, we'll try to play our game. But yeah, he's pretty good." -- Islanders center Mathew Barzal on Oilers center Connor McDavid

 

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Anton Slepyshev

Jussi Jokinen -- Ryan Strome -- Drake Caggiula

Iiro Pakarinen -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Yohann Auvitu, Jujhar Khaira, Brad Malone

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Adam Pelech (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)

 

Status report

Slepyshev returns to the Oilers lineup after missing a 4-0 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday because of an undisclosed injury. … Edmonton assigned forward Kailer Yamamoto to Spokane of the Western Hockey League and recalled Malone from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Monday. 

 

Stat pack

New York is 9-0-1 in its past 10 home games against Edmonton. … The Oilers are 1-6-1 when allowing the first goal, and 0-6-0 when trailing after the first period. … Bailey has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in a nine-game point streak, the longest active streak in the NHL.

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