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New York seeks to extend point streak to 18; Anaheim 1-5-3 in previous nine games

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (16-3-2) at DUCKS (10-11-3)

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

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will try to extend their team-record point streak to 18 games when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Monday.

The Islanders are 15-0-2 and have outscored opponents 57-38 during the point streak since their 1-2-0 start to the season. They have the most wins (16) and points (34) through 21 games in team history.

Anaheim is winless in its past three games (0-2-1) and is 1-5-3 in its past nine games. The Ducks have allowed at least four goals in nine of their past 12 games after giving up two or fewer in 10 of the first 12.

 

Players to watch

New York forward Anthony Beauvillier has eight points (six goals, two assists) in hia past five games, including four multi-point games.  

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell has six points (three goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak.

 

They said it

"When we're playing our game, we're getting pucks deep and forechecking. Guys are going to get tied down a little more if we have the puck a little more. The first few games, we didn't have the puck as much." -- Islanders center Mathew Barzal, who has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games

"We've got a good team coming in here tonight. They're pretty hot lately, and they're going to the net hard, so we've got to make sure we're ready to battle and make sure we clean up the garbage in front." -- Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Michael Dal Colle -- Josh Bailey -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula

Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Devin Shore -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Cam Fowler -- Jacob Larsson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Michael Del Zotto, Josh Mahura

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body)

 

Status report

Komarov will return to the lineup and Koivula will be a healthy scratch for the first time since making his NHL debut in a 4-3 shootout win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 16.

 

Stat pack

The Islanders have alternated starting goalies through the first 22 games. Greiss is 8-0-0 in his past eight starts with a 1.96 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. … Nelson (four goals, five assists) and Brassard (one goal, eight assists) each has nine points in his past six games. ... The Ducks have five shorthanded goals this season, tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for the NHL lead. ... Getzlaf has one goal and four assists in a four-game point streak.

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