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St. Louis ends road trip against New York, which is without Eberle, Cizikas

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

BLUES (3-1-1) at ISLANDERS (2-3-0)

1 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues will play the finale of their four-game road trip when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Monday.

St. Louis won its first two games on the trip before losing for the first time in regulation this season, 6-3 to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. The Blues had allowed three goals or fewer in each of their first three games but have allowed 10 in the past two.

The Islanders are seeking their second straight win following a 3-2 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, but are without forwards Jordan Eberle (undisclosed) and Casey Cizikas (lower body), each of whom are day to day. Cizikas was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 8. Forward Oliver Wahlstrom, chosen by the Islanders with the No. 11 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

Players to watch

Blues center Brayden Schenn has a four-game goal streak.

Islanders forward Josh Bailey has two goals and two assists in his past four games.

 

They said it

"We've had a good road trip so far and have a chance to make it a great trip. Now we'll focus on that." -- Blues defenseman Colton Parayko

"Every game is crucial. You always want some traction, you don't want to revert to our Edmonton game (a 5-2 loss on Oct. 8). Let's be within the realm of this one (win against Panthers) and the one [Friday] night (a 5-2 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes). If we do that, we're going to win our share of games." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Sammy Blais -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Robby Fabbri -- Tyler Bozak -- Zach Sanford

Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Alexander Steen

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Mackenzie MacEachern, Robert Bortuzzo

Injured: Robert Thomas (upper body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Oliver Wahlstrom

Josh Bailey -- Brock Nelson -- Anthony Beauvillier

Ross Johnston -- Derick Brassard -- Michael Dal Colle

Matt Martin -- Leo Komarov -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Johnny Boychuk, Tom Kuhnhackl

Injured: Casey Cizikas (lower body), Jordan Eberle (undisclosed), Andrew Ladd (knee)
 

 

Status report

Eberle was injured with 3:05 remaining in the third period Saturday after being hit into the boards by Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson. … Cizikas was seen wearing a walking boot Saturday, according to Newsday.

 

Stat pack

The Islanders won both games against the Blues last season and are 6-1-1 in their past eight against them. … O'Reilly leads St. Louis with seven points (one goal, six assists) in five games. … Perron's four-game point streak ended Saturday, but he still has five points (three goals, two assists) in five games. … Nelson has 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 65 NHL games in October.

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