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Islanders at Canucks preview

Rookies Barzal of New York, Boeser of Vancouver hoping to help end their team's losing streak

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

Islanders (29-29-8) at CANUCKS (24-32-9)

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


The Game 

New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal and Vancouver Canucks counterpart Brock Boeser will be in the spotlight when the Islanders try to end a season-long six-game losing streak against the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday.

Barzal and Boeser lead their respective teams in scoring and are 1-2 in the NHL rookie scoring race. Barzal leads the Islanders and all NHL rookies with 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists), and Boeser leads the Canucks with 55 points and is first among NHL rookies with 29 goals.

New York is 0-4-2 in its past six games and five points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. 

Vancouver has lost three straight and is 20 points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.


Players to watch

Barzal has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his past 11 games.

Boeser has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"He's an unbelievable player, it's kind of cool the season he is having and it's kind of funny that it's in my hometown as well. They've got a superstar here for a while." -- Barzal, who is expecting close to 100 family and friends for his first game in Vancouver, on Boeser.

"I try not to focus on [the numbers] but when he is putting up big points every other game it's hard not to notice." -- Boeser on watching Barzal and the rookie scoring race.


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Brock Nelson -- Tanner Fritz

Cal Clutterbuck -- Casey Cizikas -- Chris Wagner

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Adam Pelech -- Brandon Davidson

Jaroslav Halak

Christopher Gibson

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Thomas Greiss (lower body), Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Calvin de Haan (upper body), Scott Mayfield (lower body), Shane Prince (lower body), Alan Quine (lower body)


Canucks projected lineup

Brendan Leipsic -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jussi Jokinen

Nikolay Goldobin -- Sam Gagner -- Jake Virtanen 

Darren Archibald -- Brandon Sutter -- Tyler Motte

Alexander Edler -- Erik Gudbranson

Michael Del Zotto -- Troy Stecher

Ben Hutton -- Derrick Pouliot

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Alex Biega, Nic Dowd

Injured: Sven Baertschi (shoulder), Loui Eriksson (fractured rib), Brendan Gaunce (foot), Markus Granlund (ankle), Christopher Tanev (lower body)


Status report

Baertschi is expected miss the rest of the season after separating his shoulder against the Nashville Predators on Friday. Jokinen, 34, will play for the first time in three games since being acquired along with Motte from the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Thomas Vanek.


Stat pack

Tavares has one assist in his past six games. … Daniel Sedin has nine points (six goals, three assists) in a five-game points streak, and has scored a goal in five straight games, matching a career high he has accomplished four times before.

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