Lineup and storylines
Nashville enjoyed a day off yesterday, touring the city of New York. Of course, they made a stop to see Lady Liberty. One question: where is Viktor Arvidsson?
I fully expect the lineup to be similar to Thursday’s game, though the morning skate shows some movement. The top two lines produced both offense and defense and should continue to do so. The third line was exposed. While deployed over 65% of the time in the defensive zone, Nick Bonino, Calle Jarnkrok, and Ryan Hartman were outshot and outplayed. The Rangers’ lone 5v5 goal came while the third line was on the ice.
The Islanders play a physical brand of hockey, dishing out 32 hits and blocking 22 shots against the Carolina Hurricanes. Look for Zac Rinaldo to be on the ice. Here is the lineup during on the morning skate.
As for goaltender, this is a coin flip. Rinne played well during the opener, but allowing Juuse Saros some early time on the road this season may be wise.
- The Predators are 14-8-0-3 all-time against the Islanders, including 6-4-0-2 on the road.
- Nashville holds a 2-1-0 record at the Barclays Center
- Filip Forsberg has 3 goals and 3 assists in 8 games against the Islanders.
- Kyle Turris has 4 goals and 10 assists versus the Islanders.
- New York opened their season with a 2-1 overtime win in Carolina.
- Carolina outshot the Islanders 46-20
- The Islanders generated 14 takeaway in their last game.
- Peter Laviolette coached the Islanders from 2001-2003, earning a record of 77-62-19 and making it to the playoffs each season.
Where to watch
Tonight’s game from the Barclays Center begins at 6:00pm Central Time and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee. Fans can also stream action on the Fox Sports Go app or listen to 102.5 The Game for Peter Weber’s radio call.