NHL Preview 10-17-19: New York Islanders vs Winnipeg Jets

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47  New York Islanders  6  + 1.5 (- 235)

48  Winnipeg Jets   – 128  -1.5 (+ 195)

The New York Islanders bring a two-game winning streak to Winnipeg on Thursday night to face a Jets team trying to rebound from back-to-back losses to start a six-game homestand.

New York defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in a shootout on Saturday and then followed that up with a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

The Islanders trailed that contest 2-0 with less than six minutes to go before getting goals by Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal, the latter coming with 26.5 seconds left in regulation. Barzal, whose tying goal deflected in off the stick of Ryan O’Reilly, then set up Devon Toews for the game-winner at the 1:13 mark of OT.

“We didn’t give up, we came out in the third and just stayed with it,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “Just stayed with it and were rewarded at the end. … That was a really good test for us.”

“Sometimes, as Barry would say, the hockey gods were in our favor tonight,” Barzal added. “I got a lucky bounce on my goal. Obviously, that’s crazy luck there, and that’s how it goes sometimes. You get a bounce here or there and it sparks the group. The last five minutes we had great energy there. It was a roller coaster of a game.”

Considering how it came against the reigning Stanley Cup champions, Trotz was asked if the comeback could end up being a signature win for his team looking back at the end of the season.

“We’ll see where it is, we’ll see our next game,” Trotz said. “I mean, we can pat ourselves on the back today (and then) we can go into the next game and stink the joint out. We’ve done that before. The whole thing for me is let’s just win the day, let’s just win the game, win the week, and let’s not look too far ahead.”

Winnipeg, which had won four of its previous five games, comes in off home losses to Pittsburgh (7-2) on Sunday and Arizona (4-2) on Tuesday. The Coyotes snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Jets.

“We still have the majority of the season left, so I think we’re still trying to establish ourselves and figure out our identity as a team,” captain Blake Wheeler said. “We’re very much a work in progress.”

Wheeler said there was no need to push the panic button despite being outscored 11-4 in back-to-back home losses.

“We’re a competitive group,” said Wheeler. “We’ve come to work every single day since training camp, and that is a great thing to fall back on.”

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice agreed with Wheeler that the Jets, who finished one point behind Nashville in the Central Division with 99 points last season, are still trying to establish their identity.

“Every team in the National Hockey League is right now,” Maurice said. “We’re so early. Teams that are on a hot streak are feeling pretty good. There’s lots of hockey ahead of them. Teams that are .500 like us like parts of their game and don’t like parts of their game. And all the teams that are under (.500) by a little bit don’t like any part of their game. But it’s early.”

Winnipeg Jets: Media Notes

The Winnipeg Jets play the third game of a five-game homestand tonight against the New York Islanders…The Jets fell 4-2 to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night and have lost the first two games of the homestand…The Jets continue the homestand Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Last Game
Oct. 15 vs. ARI – 4-2 L
Jets Scorers: Scheifele (4), Connor (3)
Coyotes Scorers: Garland (3), Dvorak (1, 2), Schmaltz (3)
Jets Goaltender: Hellebuyck (31 sv, 4 ga)
Coyotes Goaltender: Kuemper (38 sv, 2 ga)
Jets PP: 2-for-6
Jets PK: 0-for-2
Recap: Mark Scheifele opened the scoring for the Jets 7:35 into the game on the power play, but Winnipeg surrendered the next four goals and lost 4-2 to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night…Kyle Connor finished the scoring with a power play goal in the third period…Adam Lowry led the Jets with six hits, while Andrew Copp won 11-of-15 (73%) face-offs.
Three Stars: 1. Dvorak 2. Ekman-Larsson 3. Scheifele

Getting Comfy at Home
The Jets are in the midst of five consecutive home games and are the home team for six consecutive games including the 2019 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic on Oct. 26 against the Calgary Flames…Winnipeg is also in the midst of nine of 13 games at Bell MTS Place…In the 2019 calendar year, the Jets are 13-8-2 on home ice, but have lost five of their past six home games dating back to last season.

Facing Eastward
Tonight marks Winnipeg’s sixth game against an Eastern Conference opponent in nine outings to start the season…The Jets are 2-3-0 against the Eastern Conference this season…All five games have come against a team from the Metropolitan Division…Winnipeg’s first game against an Atlantic Division opponent doesn’t occur until Nov. 14 at Florida, which is Winnipeg’s 20th game of the season…Last season, the Jets went 18-12-2 against the Eastern Conference, including 11-5-0 against the Metropolitan Division.

Well Behaved
The Jets are leading the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game with an average of just four penalty minutes…Winnipeg has been shorthanded 15 times compared to being on the power play 27 times…The Jets have played 21:15 more on the power play than the penalty kill this season, which leads the NHL by nearly 10 minutes.

One From 700
Jets head coach Paul Maurice is one victory away from 700 wins…His 699 career wins is seventh all-time in the NHL…He’s third in wins among active NHL coaches, behind Joel Quenneville (892) and Barry Trotz (813)…With the Jets, Maurice is 239-166-48 for a .581 points percentage, making it his most successful NHL coaching stint…Maurice has coached 1,537 NHL games, which is sixth-most in NHL history.

Streaking Scheifele
Mark Scheifele has scored in three consecutive games and is riding a five-game point streak, which is tied for the longest by a member of the Jets this season…It’s his eighth career goal scoring streak of three games or more…The longest goal scoring streak of his career is four games, which happened from Dec. 11-16 last season…Along with teammate Patrik Laine, Scheifele has a share of the NHL scoring lead with 12 points (4G, 8A) in eight games…During the past two seasons, Scheifele’s 42 goals leads the Jets and is tied for 15 th in the NHL…Tuesday was Scheifele’s fourth multi-point game of the season, which is tied for the NHL lead.

Setting Things Up
Patrik Laine registered his ninth assist of the season on Tuesday to become the first player in franchise history to have nine assists in the team’s first eight games of a season…He leads the Jets in scoring with 12 points (3G, 9A) in eight games, which is tied for first in the NHL…With 113 goals and 83 assists in his career, Laine is on pace to have more assists than goals in a season for the first time in his career…He was selected as the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on Monday after posting eight points (2G, 6A) in four games last week…It’s the fifth time in his career he’s been selected as one of the NHL’s stars of the week.

Player Quick Hits
Josh Morrissey had two assists on Tuesday to extend his team-leading assist streak to four games.
Scheifele and Laine have a share of the NHL lead in even strength points with nine.
Laine is tied for second in the NHL with 10 takeaways.
Neal Pionk leads the NHL in total ice time with 185:24.
Adam Lowry is third in the NHL with 31 hits.
Kyle Connor’s 4.13 shots per game is eighth in the NHL.
Andrew Copp’s 11 face-off wins on Tuesday is tied for the fourth most he’s had in a game in his career…It marked the sixth time he’s won 10 face-offs or more in a game.

Jets vs. Islanders Information
All-Time Record: 26-30-8
Home: 10-15-7
Road: 16-15-1
At Bell MTS Place: 2-4-4
At Barclays Center: 2-2-0
At Nassau Coliseum: 14-13-1

Series Notes
The Jets have points in four of their past eight games against the Islanders (3-4-1).
The Jets franchise has points in eight of their past 13 home games against the Islanders (4-5-4).
The Jets have scored a power play goal in nine of their past 11 games against the Islanders (10-for-40, 25.0%).
Winnipeg has scored a power play goal in five consecutive home games against the Islanders (5-for-20, 25.0%).
Bryan Little leads the Jets with 22 points (8G, 14A) in 32 career games against the Islanders…His 32 games against the Islanders is the most by any player in franchise history.
Blake Wheeler has points in four consecutive games against the Islanders (1G, 5A).
Adam Lowry has a 27.3% shooting percentage against the Islanders during his career with six goals on 22 shots.
New York native Anthony Bitetto has four of his 18 career assists against the Islanders, including his only assist this season.

New York Islanders: Media Notes

NYI GOALS: Nelson, Barzal, Toews (OT)
STL GOALS: Schenn, Tarasenko
NYI MULTIPLE POINTS: Barzal (1G/1A), Nelson (1G/1A)
NYI GOALTENDER: Greiss (21/23)
PP: 0/1
PK: 1/2
SUMMARY: The New York Islanders scored twice in the final 5:31 of regulation and Devon Toews scored the game-winning goal 1:13 into overtime to complete the come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. Mathew Barzal tied the game with 27 seconds remaining in the third period and tallied the primary assist on the OT winner in the 3-2 victory.

The New York Islanders open a two-game road trip as they travel to Winnipeg tot close out their season-series with the Jets. Last time these teams met, a season-high ten different Islanders recorded a point as New York topped the Jets 4-1 to earn their first win of the season last week.

NY Islanders is 1-0-0
Oct. 06, 2019: NYI 4 vs WPG 1
Oct. 17, 2019: Winnipeg, MB

**Players on injured reserve

2019-20 Season: 11
2018-19 Season: 153

WAHL STREET: In Monday’s win over St. Louis, 19-year-old forward, Oliver Wahlstrom became the second teenager to make his NHL debut this year for the Islanders. He played 15:13 TOI with two shots and a hit. Wahlstrom became the youngest player to play for the Islanders since 2010 (N. Niederreiter, 18). In his debut, he bacame the 13th player from his draft class to debut.

NO-AH DOBUT: 19-year-old rookie defenseman and 2018 First Round draft pick Noah Dobson recorded an assist and plus-1 rating in his NHL debut on Tuesday vs. Edmonton. With the assist, the Summerside, PEI native became the first NYI defenseman to record a point in his NHL debut since 2011 (M. Katic). Dobson also became the first teenage defenseman to play for the Islanders since 1999 (M. Biron).

MAKIN’ IT LOOK LEE-SY: New York captain, Anders Lee opened the scoring for the Islanders on Saturday with his second goal of the season. Lee, 29, is currently riding an eight-game goal streak vs Winnipeg, dating back to the 2015-16 season. Last week when these teams met on Long Island, Lee recorded his first goal of the season in the teams 4-1 win over the Jets. Edina, MN native became the first Islander in 20 years to lead the team in goals for three straight seasons.

UP & ADAM: Through five games this season, Adam Pelech ranks second on the team and leads all Islander bluelners with 11 shots on goal. His 12 shots through his first six games of the season are the most of his career. His previous high was six shots through six games last season.

JUST JOSH’N: New York alternate captain, Josh Bailey skated in his 800th career NHL game on Tuesday vs EDM. Bailey, 30, became the first forward from the 2008 draft class to reach the 800 games played milestone (LAK defenseman, Drew Doughty was the first).

B-E-A-UTIFUL START: On Tuesday night, fourth-year Islanders forward, Anthony Beauvillier scored his first short-handed goal of his career. Beauvillier, 22, ranks second in both goals (2) and points (4) through six games this season.

“BRASS” TACKS: Entering his 13th NHL season, Derick Brassard, 32, made his Islanders debut on Oct. 4 vs WSH, marking his seventh different NHL franchise. The Hull, QC native recorded his first point as an Islanders on Oct.6 vs WPG (assist).

SHOW’UM WHO’S ROSS: Charlottetown, PEI native Ross Johnston recorded two hits and a five-minute fighting major in his season debut on Saturday vs FLA. is the lone undrafted player on the Islanders active 23-man roster.

UNCLE LEO: Islander forward, Leo Komarov opened the season with a three games point/assist-streak, good for his longest streak to open a season in his seven year NHL career. Komarov, 32, lead the Islanders with three assists through three games this season. The Narva, EST native is the only active Estonia-born player in the NHL.

BARRY TROTZ: New York Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,608 game on Sunday vs Winnipeg, passing Islanders Hall-of-Fame coach, Al Arbour for third most all-time. Trotz is second among active coaches in both games coached and wins (813).