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New York goes for fourth straight win; Vancouver continues road trip

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

CANUCKS (11-9-4) at ISLANDERS (14-7-2)

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


The Game

The New York Islanders will be seeking their fourth straight win when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center on Tuesday.

New York won back-to-back games on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers (5-4 in overtime) on Friday, and Ottawa Senators (2-1) on Saturday. The Islanders have won six of their past seven games.

The Canucks, who are playing the fifth game of a six-game road trip, are 2-1-1 following a 4-3 shootout loss at the New York Rangers on Sunday.


Players to watch

Canucks forward Loui Eriksson has three goals and four assists in his past seven games.

Islanders forward Josh Bailey has one goal and four assists during a three-game point streak. He leads New York with 28 points in 23 games.


They said it

"I think I was playing really good for myself. I was expecting someday I'm going to get a callup, so I'm happy." -- Canucks forward Nikolay Goldobin on being promoted from Utica of the American Hockey League on Sunday

"I think Travis (Green) has done a good job getting them all on the same page. As a team, they work hard and they've got plenty of youth and skill. I don't call anybody a surprise in this league because there's a lot of talent and everybody can play, but they've played great and they've played consistent. They've lost some tough ones, so I think they're a heck of a team and they're going to be fighting for the playoffs as far as I'm concerned." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight on the Canucks


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Brendan Gaunce -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Sam Gagner

Thomas Vanek -- Markus Granlund -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Derrick Pouliot

Michael Del Zotto -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Anders Nilsson

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Alex Biega, Nikolay Goldobin

Injured: Derek Dorsett (upper body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Brandon Sutter (undisclosed)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Brock Nelson -- Alan Quine -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Jason Chimera -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Casey Cizikas (lower body), Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)


Status report

The Canucks did not hold a morning skate. … Sutter traveled to Vancouver on Monday; Gudbranson skated before the Canucks practiced at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. … Cizikas, who was injured on Saturday, did not participate in the morning skate. "I know it's short-term, but day by day is what I'd say," Weight said.


Stat pack

Daniel Sedin is two points of shy of 1,000 in his NHL career. … The Islanders have won three straight games against the Canucks and are 3-0-1 in the past four. … New York is 25-4-5 all-time against Western Conference opponents at Barclays Center.

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