NHL Preview 10-08-19: Edmonton Oilers vs New York Islanders

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5  Edmonton Oilers  5.5  + 1.5 (- 185)

6  New York Islanders  – 167  – 1.5 (+ 160)

The defense-first New York Islanders will hope Sunday’s results repeat themselves Tuesday night, when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

The Islanders were off Monday following a 4-1 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets. The Oilers last played Saturday, when they completed a two-game season-opening homestand with a chaotic 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Oilers overcame four one-goal deficits Saturday night to beat the Kings. Darnell Nurse and James Neal capped the final comeback by scoring within a four-minute span just beyond the midway point of the third period.

It was the second straight win in which the Oilers completed a comeback by scoring twice in the final 10 minutes of the third. Edmonton edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 last Wednesday.

While the Oilers know they’re not going to win many games 6-5, outlasting the Kings provided a boost of confidence to a team that has missed the playoffs in 12 of the last 13 seasons but has a chance Tuesday to open 3-0-0 for the first time since 2008-09.

“It builds our belief in winning that we can win games different ways,” Neal told reporters Saturday night. “It wasn’t the prettiest, we made more than a few mistakes out there, kind of shot ourselves in the foot a few times. But we found ways to get big goals at big times.”

The Islanders, who are completing a season-opening three-game homestand Tuesday, used their familiar grinding defensive style to stymie the Jets on Sunday. In its previous game last Friday, Winnipeg overcame a four-goal deficit for just the second time in franchise history in a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.

But the Jets found little room to move Sunday, when goalie Thomas Greiss made 35 saves in his season debut. Winnipeg scored its lone goal on a semi-breakaway by star Patrik Laine.

Greiss picked up where he left off last season, when he started 39 games while splitting time in the pipes with Robin Lehner as the Islanders allowed the fewest goals in the NHL (196). Head coach Barry Trotz expects another even-time share this season with Greiss and Semyon Varlamov, who replaced Lehner after the latter signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.

“The great thing about both of those guys is there’s not a selfish bone in their bodies,” Trotz told reporters Sunday night. “Both of them. I can guarantee you that coming in there, ‘Varly’ is just as happy for ‘Greisser’ as ‘Greisser’ would be for ‘Varly.’ They have a great relationship and it’s one that will continue to grow.”

Mike Smith has started both games in goal for the Oilers. He made 27 saves against the Kings on Saturday. First-year head coach Dave Tippett said backup goalie Mikko Koskinen will draw at least one start during a four-game road trip that begins Tuesday, though Tippett didn’t indicate who would appear in net Tuesday.

New York Islanders: Media Notes

LAST GAME: OCT. 06 – ISLANDERS 4 vs JETS 1
NYI GOALS: Bailey (PP), Nelson, Lee, Beauvillier
WPG GOALS: P. Laine
MULTIPLE POINTS: Bailey (1G, 1A), Beauvillier (1G, 1A)
GOALTENDER: Greiss (35/36)
PP: 1/1
PK: 2/2

SUMMARY: The New York Islanders scored three goals in the second period to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Friday night at NYCB Live, Nassau Coliseum for their first win of the 2019-20 campaign. Josh Bailey & Anthony Beauvillier recorded multi-point games, while Thomas Greiss made 35 saves in the win. Ten different Islanders recorded a point as the Islanders go to 1-1-0 on the season.

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:
The New York Islanders the Edmonton Oilers and close out their season-opening three games home-stand. Last season the Islanders went 1-0-1 against the Oilers. The Islanders are currently riding a 12-game home point-steak against Edmonton (10-0-2). This will be the Oilers first trip to the Nassau Coliseum in five years.
**Dating back to Dec. 14, 1999, the New York Islanders have won eight-straight games against the Edmonton Oilers at the Nassau
Coliseum.

MAN GAMES LOST TO INJURY:
2019-20 Season: 2
2018-19 Season: 153

Edmonton Oilers: Media Notes

OILERS ALL-TIME vs. NY ISLANDERS
OVERALL GF GA HOME AWAY
All-time (1979-Present) 78-32-30-14-1 261 264 38-24-9-5-0 40-9-21-9-1

Vs. NY Islanders (2018-19) 2-1-1-0-0 6 9 1-1-0-0-0 1-0-1-0-0

QUICK FACTS
Edmonton will face the Islanders two times in 2019-20 (Oct. 8, Mar. 13).
The last time these teams met was on Feb. 21 in Edmonton, with the Oilers winning 4-3 in overtime. Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal.
The last time the Oilers and Islanders met in New York was on Feb. 16 in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, where the Islanders topped the Oilers by a score of 5-2.
The last game the Oilers played at Nassau Coliseum was on February 10, 2015. Edmonton has an overall record of 9-23-10 against the Islanders at Nassau, with their last win coming on December 14, 1999.
On Oct. 2, Connor McDavid scored his 28th career game-winning goal in regular season since debuting on Oct. 8, 2015. McDavid ranks second-most among all players in that span, behind only Brad Marchand (31).

MULTI-POINT MCDAVID
McDavid leads the NHL in most 3-point games since 2015-16 with 41.
Connor McDavid – 41
Patrick Kane – 37
Nikita Kucherov – 37
McDavid posted four points last game on Oct. 5 against Los Angeles. It marked his eighth career regular season 4+ point game

NEW LEADERS – DRAISAITL AND NURSE NAMED ALTERNATE CAPTAINS
The Oilers announced Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse as new alternate captains for the 2019-20 season. Connor McDavid will serve as team captain for a fourth season, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as an alternate captain for a seventh season and Adam Larsson as an alternate captain for a third season.

NEW TO OILERS ORGANIZATION IN 2019-20 – ACQUIRED IN OFF-SEASON
F Josh Archibald Free agent Arizona (NHL)
F Markus Granlund Free agent Vancouver (NHL)
F Gaetan Haas Free agent SC Bern (NLA)
F Tomas Jurco Free agent Charlotte/Springfield (AHL)
F James Neal Trade Calgary (NHL)
F Joakim Nygard Free agent Farjestad (SHL)
F Riley Sheahan Free agent Pittsburgh/Florida (NHL)
G Mike Smith Free agent Calgary (NHL)

INJURY REPORT
Edmonton Oilers: Media Notes
2019-20 Man games lost: 7

PLAYER INJURY DATE GAMES
F **Kyle Brodziak (Back) Oct. 2 – Present 2
D ***Adam Larsson (Leg) Oct. 2 – Present 1
F *Riley Sheahan (upper body) Oct. 2 – Present 2
F Thomas Jurco (undisclosed) Oct. 2 – Oct.4 1
F **Joel Persson (upper body) Oct. 2 – Oct. 4 1

NOTE – The Oilers had 200 man games lost in 2018-19.
*on IR (Injured Reserve)
**on INR (Injured – Non-Roster)
***on LTIR (Long Term Injured Reserve)
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Sept. 24 D Evan Bouchard, G Shane Starrett were assigned to Bakersfield (AHL)
Sept. 26 F Kailer Yamamoto has been assigned to Bakersfield (AHL)
Sept. 30 D William Lagesson has been assigned to Bakersfield (AHL)
Sept. 30 F Sam Gagner and D Brandon Manning were placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment.
Oct. 1 F Sam Gagner cleared waivers and has been assigned to Bakersfield (AHL); D Brandon Manning cleared waivers and remains in Edmonton.
Oct. 3 D Ethan Bear has been assigned to Bakersfield (AHL), D Evan Bouchard has been recalled from Bakersfield.
Oct. 3 D Adam Larsson has been placed on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR)
Oct. 4 D Ethan Bear and D William Lagesson have been recalled from Bakersfield (AHL), D Evan Bouchard has been assigned to Bakersfield.
Oct. 5 D Joel Persson was activated of injured reserve; D William Lagesson was assigned to Bakersfield (AHL)
Oct. 8 F Riley Sheahan was activated off injured reserve, F Josh Archibald was placed on injured reserve retroactively

LAST OILERS GAME
2019-20 – Saturday, Oct. 5
EDMONTON 6 vs. Los Angeles 5 at Rogers Place
1 2 3 T
EDM 2 1 3 6
LAK 3 0 2 5
GOALS SAVES
EDM – McDavid, Neal (2), Kassian, Nygard, Nurse EDM – Smith (27/32)
LAK – Brown, Lewis, Kopitar, Amadio, Doughty LAK – Quick (25/31)
PP PK
EDM – 2/5 EDM – 4/5
LAK – 1/5 LAK – 3/5
1
st Star: James Neal (EDM) 2nd Star: Connor McDavid (EDM) 3rd Star: Anze Kopitar (LAK)

LAST OILERS GAME VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
2018-19 – Thursday, Feb. 21
EDMONTON 4 vs. New York Islanders 3 (OT), Rogers Place
1 2 3 OT T
EDM 2 0 1 1 4
NYI 3 0 0 0 3
GOALS SAVES
EDM – Draisaitl, Gagner, Klefbom, McDavid EDM – Koskinen (20/23)
NYI – Lee, Nelson, Clutterbuck NYI – Lehner (37/41)

PP PK
EDM – 1/4 EDM – 0/2
NYI – 2/2 NYI – 3/4
1
st Star: Connor McDavid (EDM) 2nd Star: Brock Nelson (NYI) 3rd Star: Sam Gagner (EDM)

LAST TEN GAMES vs. NY ISLANDERS
Record: 6-4-0
GF: 26 GA: 31
2018-19 2/21/19 @ EDM 4-3 W (OT)
2018-19 2/16/19 @ NYI 2-5 L
2017-18 3/8/18 @ EDM 2-1 W (SO)
2017-18 11/7/17 @ NYI 2-1 W (OT)
2016-17 3/7/17 @ EDM 1-4 L
2016-17 11/5/16 @ NYI 4-3 W (SO)
2015-16 2/28/16 @ EDM 3-1 W
2015-16 2/7/16 @ NYI 1-8 L
2014-15 2/10/15 @ NYI 2-3 L
2014-15 1/4/15 @ EDM 5-2 W