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Vancouver tries for fifth straight win; New York playing first game after 10-day break

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

CANUCKS (29-18-4) at ISLANDERS (29-15-5)

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


The Game

The Vancouver Canucks will go for their fifth straight win when they play the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Saturday.

Vancouver has won six of its past seven games and is 13-3-0 since Dec. 19.

New York, playing its first game since Jan. 21, is 4-0-2 at Barclays Center this season. The Islanders have not lost there in the regular season since Jan. 12, 2019 (9-0-2). They are 6-0-1 in their past seven games against the Canucks and have won the past three against them at Barclays Center.

Players to watch

Canucks forward J.T. Miller has six points (three goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

Islanders forward Anders Lee has scored in each of his past two games.


They said it

"Obviously when we were losing a couple games in a row there earlier, a month or two months ago, it was obviously tough. But from the start of the season, I've been really impressed by this group and the guys and the team we have. We've got to keep it going." -- Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom

"A team that's coming back off a break, they're not used to the lack of space you've got to execute in under pressure. You've got to keep it simple and smart, especially early in game until you get back into that comfort zone of feeling you can make plays." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Jake Virtanen

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Brock Boeser

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Brandon Sutter

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Oscar Fantenberg -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Justin Bailey, Jordie Benn

Injured: Tyler Motte (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Josh Leivo (fractured kneecap), Tyler Graovac (lower body)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Michael Dal Colle -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Kuhnhackl

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov

Noah Dobson -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (wrist), Adam Pelech (Achilles)


Status report

Roussel had a maintenance day Friday but is expected to play. … Motte, who was injured during a 5-2 win at the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, is on injured reserve. The forward is being evaluated in Vancouver. … Trotz said Clutterbuck, who has been out since Dec. 19, has resumed skating but the forward is weeks away from returning.


Stat pack

Virtanen has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak. Six of his 15 goals are game-winners. … Horvat has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. … The Islanders are 4-1-1 in afternoon games this season.

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