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NY Islanders at Arizona
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

The Arizona Coyotes aim for their second win in seven contests when they begin a three-game homestand Tuesday against the New York Islanders. Arizona completed a 1-3-0 road trip with Sunday's 3-0 setback at Carolina - its fifth shutout loss of the season.

Clayton Keller tops the Coyotes with 23 points and shares the team lead in goals with eight despite entering Tuesday with a seven-game drought. The Islanders kicked off their four-game road trip in fine fashion as they posted a 4-1 victory over Colorado on Monday. Jordan Eberle and captain Anders Lee each recorded a goal and an assist as New York registered its second straight triumph after dropping four of its previous five games (1-3-1). Eberle, who is three goals shy of 200 for his career, had gone six games without a point and had been kept off the scoresheet in nine of his previous 10 contests.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, MSG Plus 2 (New York), FS Arizona

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (16-12-4): Valtteri Filppula scored his first goal since Nov. 26 on Monday, ending his eight-game point drought. New York's power play appears to be heating up as the team went 2-for-4 against the Avalanche after converting only two of its 34 opportunities over the previous 13 games. The team could be without a pair of players Tuesday as Brock Nelson (undisclosed), who recorded his 100th career assist Monday, and defenseman Thomas Hickey (upper body) both left the win over Colorado in the second period with injuries and did not return.

ABOUT THE COYOTES (14-16-2): Alex Galchenyuk returned to the lineup Sunday after missing three games with a lower-body injury and registered one shot in 13 minutes, 48 seconds of ice time. The 24-year-old former 30-goal scorer has been a disappointment thus far in his first season with Arizona, recording just three tallies and eight assists in 22 contests. Brad Richardson is tied with Keller for first on the team in goals as he has matched the amount he totaled in 92 games over the previous two seasons.

OVERTIME

1. Half of Keller's goals this season have been game-winners.

2. New York allowed 31 shots Monday - only the third time in the last 11 games it yielded 30 or more.

3. Arizona assigned LW Michael Bunting to Tucson of the American Hockey League.

PREDICTION: Islanders 3, Coyotes 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Islanders 16-12-1-3 W2 8-5-1-2 8-7-0-1 4-1-0-0 12-11-1-3 10-3-0-1
Arizona 14-16-2-0 L1 6-8-1-0 8-8-1-0 1-3-0-0 13-13-2-0 3-3-1-0
Last Meeting
NY Islanders Arizona
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/22/18 NYI 2 ARI 3 (OT) 34 30 0-2 33 32 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders A. Beauvillier 2
Arizona N. Cousins 3
Goals Player  
NY Islanders A. Beauvillier 2
Arizona N. Cousins 2
Assists Player  
NY Islanders J. Bailey 1
Arizona N. Cousins 1
Saves Player  
NY Islanders J. Halak 30
Arizona A. Raanta 32
Season
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 35
Arizona C. Keller 30
Goals Player  
NY Islanders A. Lee 16
Arizona L. Crouse 9
Assists Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 31
Arizona C. Keller 21
Saves Player  
NY Islanders T. Greiss 598
Arizona D. Kuemper 459
Quickchart Matchup
NY Islanders Off vs  Arizona Def
2.84 GF
2.78 GA
28 Shots
30.2 Shots
16 PP
11 PK
Arizona Off vs  NY Islanders Def
2.5 GF
2.78 GA
30.2 Shots
30.9 Shots
17 PP
22 PK