ST. LOUIS — The excellent news for the New York Islanders is that they gained’t have too lengthy to consider getting blown out Friday night time with one other recreation set for Saturday.
The dangerous information is that recreation might be in St. Louis towards the Blues, off to the most effective begin in franchise historical past and top-of-the-line groups within the league up to now this season with a thirteen-three-1 report.
The Islanders misplaced 5-zero at Dallas on Friday night time and clearly weren’t comfortable concerning the end result.
“We didn’t play very nicely, we didn’t execute and didn’t win a number of the 50/50 battles,” John Tavares stated. “It was onerous for us to realize any momentum. The great factor is we get to reply tomorrow.”
The Islanders had simply 14 photographs on objective and have been zero of four on the facility play.
“We will’t play like that,” New York defenseman Johnny Boychuk stated. “You need to do the straightforward issues and we weren’t. It’s uncharacteristic of the workforce and it confirmed on the scoreboard. We’ve to place this one behind us and sit up for St. Louis.”
Blues coach Mike Yeo expects the Islanders will use Friday night time’s loss as motivation for Saturday night time’s recreation.
“They’ve been enjoying nicely,” Yeo stated. “Watching video on them, it’s gonna be a troublesome recreation. I feel they’re feeling actually good about their recreation. Clearly, Tavares is enjoying at an actual excessive degree proper now, too.”
The Blues are coming off a troublesome recreation of their very own on Thursday night time towards the struggling Arizona Coyotes, a recreation that seemed to be a mismatch on paper however didn’t end up that means — as Yeo anticipated can be the case.
St. Louis wanted a recreation-tying aim from Alex Pietrangelo within the third interval to ship the sport to additional time earlier than profitable three-2 in a shootout.
It was the primary time this season the Blues gained a recreation after trailing going into the third interval. The win improved their document to 9-1-1 of their final eleven video games.
Pietrangelo’s aim, and one earlier from Joel Edmundson, gave the Blues 19 objectives from their defensemen of their first 17 video games, probably the most within the NHL.
The sport towards the Islanders would be the first time this season that St. Louis will face a group for the second time, coming in its 18th recreation.
The Blues wanted a shootout to defeat the Islanders three-2 on Oct. 9 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jake Allen, who acquired Thursday night time off, can be again in objective for the Blues. He was in objective for the earlier recreation towards the Islanders, making forty saves by means of the additional time after which stopping each makes an attempt within the shootout.
“I feel we simply have a silent confidence about us,” Allen stated after Friday’s apply. “I can simply sort of inform within the room. I don’t assume anybody’s getting too excessive (or) too low, however everybody’s fairly assured in themselves and what they convey to the desk each night time.”
The sport towards the Islanders would be the eleventh the Blues have performed towards a workforce from the Japanese Convention, in contrast with solely seven inside their very own Western Convention. They’re 7-three towards the East within the first 10 video games.
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