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Minnesota at NY Islanders
When: 1:00 PM ET, Monday, February 19, 2018
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Two teams in similar positions face off Monday afternoon as the New York Islanders host the Minnesota Wild. Both clubs hold down the second wild-card spot in their respective conferences, with New York having won two consecutive games and Minnesota dropping two in a row - both at home.

The Islanders are wrapping up a stretch during which it plays seven of nine at home and have gone 3-2-1 at Barclays Center in that span. New York is coming off back-to-back shutout victories in which its goaltenders starred, as Jaroslav Halak made 50 saves against the New York Rangers on Thursday while Thomas Greiss stopped 45 shots in Carolina the following night. Minnesota concluded a 2-1-2 homestand on Saturday with a 3-2 loss to Anaheim that was decided in the 11th round of the shootout. Jason Zucker scored his 23rd goal of the season in the setback, eclipsing the career high he set last campaign.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, FS North (Minnesota), MSG Plus (New York)

ABOUT THE WILD (31-20-7): Eric Staal had his five-game point streak halted Saturday but still leads Minnesota with 52, including a team-high 26 goals. The 33-year-old center has not been kept off the scoresheet in consecutive contests since a three-game stretch from Jan. 9-13 and is two points away from 900 for his career. Nino Niederreiter scored his 100th NHL goal in Thursday's loss to Washington and is closing in on the century mark in assists and 200 points, as he is three shy of each plateau.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (29-25-6): Greiss did not participate in Sunday's practice after recording his eighth career shutout two nights earlier and could miss the matchup against Minnesota. "He just tweaked something," coach Doug Weight told the team's website. "We're going to have it looked at and make a final ruling here moving forward. We're prepared for anything." Pierre Turgeon is the only Islander to notch more than 50 assists in the last 28 seasons, doing so in both 1992-93 (74) and 1993-94 (56), but Josh Bailey (47) and rookie Mathew Barzal (46) are on pace to shatter the mark.

OVERTIME

1. Islanders C Casey Cizikas is expected to skate in his 400th career game on Monday.

2. Minnesota D Jared Spurgeon needs three points to reach 200 in the NHL.

3. New York has surrendered at least 39 shots in 10 of its last 11 contests.

PREDICTION: Islanders 4, Wild 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Minnesota 31-20-5-2 L2 20-5-5-1 11-15-0-1 2-1-0-1 29-19-5-1 10-9-0-0
NY Islanders 29-25-5-1 W2 16-10-3-1 13-15-2-0 4-1-0-1 25-24-5-0 10-8-1-0
Last Meeting
Minnesota NY Islanders
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/26/17 NYI 4 MIN 6 33 29 0-3 33 27 0-5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Minnesota M. Foligno 2
NY Islanders J. Bailey 3
Goals Player  
Minnesota J. Brodin 1
NY Islanders M. Barzal 1
Assists Player  
Minnesota J. Spurgeon 2
NY Islanders J. Bailey 3
Saves Player  
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 29
NY Islanders T. Greiss 27
Season
Total Points Player  
Minnesota E. Staal 56
NY Islanders M. Barzal 67
Goals Player  
Minnesota E. Staal 28
NY Islanders A. Lee 31
Assists Player  
Minnesota M. Granlund 31
NY Islanders M. Barzal 50
Saves Player  
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 1197
NY Islanders J. Halak 1310
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Off vs  NY Islanders Def
2.91 GF
3.55 GA
30 Shots
36.2 Shots
37 PP
46 PK
NY Islanders Off vs  Minnesota Def
3.28 GF
2.83 GA
31 Shots
32.4 Shots
41 PP
40 PK