#1 Anaheim Ducksvs.#2 New York Islanders
Written by David Hess
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 16, 2016
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Lines: New York -124/ Anaheim +112
Sunday night NHL action and the Anaheim Ducks will do battle with the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The have a game in Pittsburgh on Saturday, while the Islanders are in Washington on Saturday, so both teams will be playing with no rest in this game. The Islanders won both meetings last year.
Last year, the Anaheim Ducks were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs after winning the Pacific Division and this didn’t start a whole lot better as they fell by a score of 4-2 in Dallas. The Ducks totally outplayed the Stars in the game, but just couldn’t punch enough goals in. The Ducks started out with a 17-1 shot advantage in the first period and outshot the Stars 35-20 for the game, but Antti Niemi was more than up to the task and allowed the Ducks just the two goals in the game. Scoring both goals for the Ducks in the loss was Andrew Cogliano. John Gibson got the start in goal and he faced just 20 shots in the game, but let four of them get by him.
Gibson will start on Saturday vs the Pens so getting the nod here will be Jonathan Bernier, who went 12-21-3 with a 2.88 GAA for the Maple Leafs last year, including 7-12-1 with a 2.83 ERA on the road, while vs the Islanders in his career he has gone 3-3-2 with a 3.49 GAA. Last year the Ducks ranked 17th in the league in scoring at 2.62 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots taken (30.3 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 22.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they were very strong as they ranked 1st in goals allowed, giving up 2.29 gpg, while also ranking 4th in shots allowed (27.5) and 1st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 12.8% of their chances.
Jaroslav Halak got the start in the season opener vs the Rangers and played decently through the first two periods as he allowed two goals over that stretch of play, but then allowed two of the three goals that the Rangers scored in the 3rd period of a 5-3 loss. In all he stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced. Last year he was 18-13-4 with a 2.30 GAA. Halak is expected to get the start on Saturday vs the Caps so getting the nod in this game should be Thomas Greiss, who went 23-11-4 with a 2.36 GAA last year, including 14-4-3 with a 2.21 GAA here at home, while vs the Ducks in his career he is 2-3-2 with a 2.48 GAA.
The offense was not great until the 3rd period as they scored all three of their goals in the game in that final frame. Scoring for the Islanders in the game was Cal Clutterbuck, Nick Leddy and Brock Nelson. Last year the Islanders ranked 11th in the league in scoring at 2.77 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots taken (29.4 spg) and 17th in power play conversions, converting on 18.3% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they ranked 13th in goals allowed, giving up 2.57 gpg, while also ranking 20th in shots allowed (30.4) and 4th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 15.5% of their chances.
New York is:
Going with the Islanders here. Both teams are playing on no rest, but this has to be a tougher game for an Anaheim team that is a long way away from home and is playing with Jonathan Bernier in goal, who has not been good the last couple of years. The Islanders do have the edge with Greiss in the crease and will use that edge to pick up a big home win over the Ducks in this one.
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