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New York begins four-game road trip; Anaheim aims for faster start

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ISLANDERS (1-1-1) at DUCKS (1-1-1)

10 p.m. ET; PRIME, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will try to extend their four-game winning streak against the Anaheim Ducks when they begin a four-game road trip at Honda Center. The Islanders swept the two-game series from the Ducks in each of the past two seasons and won their most recent visit to Anaheim 3-2 in a 14-round shootout on Nov. 22. It's the third-longest shootout in NHL history.

The Islanders will try for their first road win this season when they open a four-game trip in Anaheim. It's first of three games against California teams.

The Ducks have led for 3:30 of the 180:44 they've played in their first three games. Center Ryan Getzlaf made his season debut in a 2-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday and forward Patrick Eaves (lower-body injury), who has yet to play this season, will be a game-time decision.

 

Players to watch

Islanders forward Josh Bailey has six points (three goals, three assists) and is plus-5 in during New York's winning streak against the Ducks. He scored the overtime goal in a 3-2 win against Anaheim at Barclays Center on Oct. 16, 2016.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 11 career games against the Islanders, the only NHL team he averages at least one point a game against.

 

They said it

"We've got to be good both at home and on the road to be a playoff team and have success in this league." -- Islanders captain John Tavares

"That's been our Achilles heel in these last three games. We haven't had a start we could be proud of." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on giving up the first goal in each of the first three games.

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Nikolay Kulemin -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Anthony Beauvillier -- Casey Cizikas -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (lower body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Patrick Eaves -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg -- Rickard Rakell -- Andrew Cogliano

Derek Grant -- Antoine Vermette -- Chris Wagner

Logan Shaw -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Korbinian Holzer -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Jaycob Megna, Giovanni Fiore

Injured: Ryan Miller (upper body), Nick Ritchie (lower body), Ondrej Kase (upper body)

 

Status report

Clutterbuck is on the trip, which continues Saturday at the San Jose Sharks and Sunday at the Los Angeles Kings, but will miss his third straight game. … Kase left in the first period against the Calgary Flames on Monday.

 

Stat pack

The Islanders have scored two shorthanded goals and the Ducks one, but each team is seeking its first power-play goal of the season. The Ducks are 0-for-11 with the man-advantage; the Islanders are 0-for-10 and have allowed two shorthanded goals.

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