#6 New York Islandersvs.#5 San Jose Sharks
Written by David Hess
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Lines: New York Islanders -125/San Jose +105
Tonight some NHL hockey will take place in Brooklyn as the San Jose Sharks go to war with the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center. The Sharks have yet to lose a game as of this writing and will be playing on no rest after squaring off against the Rangers on Monday night, while the Islanders are off a 3-2 win over the Ducks. The Sharks are 7-3-1 their last 11 games here in New York.
Last year, the San Jose Sharks were the best road team in the league and they have started off 1-0 on the road this year so far. That win came at the expense of the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 3-2. This has been a strong road team, but they did struggle at home last year where they were 18-23. This year they won their first home game and are now 2-0 on the year. The offense is still a work in progress as they have scored just five total goals in their two wins. Scoring for the Sharks in the win over the Blue Jackets were Mikkel Boedker, Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau. This team will get their offense fixed as they do have some good firepower on it and were one of the best offensive teams in the league last year.
Martin Jones got the win in the game vs Columbus and is expected to get the start on Monday night vs the Rangers, so getting the call in this one should be rookie Aaron Dell, who will be making his first start of his career. Last year the Sharks ranked 4th in the league in scoring at 2.89 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots taken (30.4 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 22.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.52 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots allowed (27.4) and 21st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.5% of their chances.
The New York islanders started the year with back-to-back road losses to the Rangers and Capitals, but they came home and grabbed a nice 3-2 win over the Ducks in OT. The Islanders lost the faceoff battle by a 38-24 count, but did outshoot the Ducks 30-26 in the game. Scoring for the Isles in the win was Brock Nelson, which was his 2nd goal of the year, John Tavares (1) and Josh Bailey (1), whose goal was the game winner in OT. The Islanders really look like an average team this year, but are still a solid playoff team. Their offense does have some firepower, while their defense looks solid and they are in the weak Metro Division so even though they look average on paper, they may not play like an average team on the ice.
Grabbing the win vs the Ducks was Jaroslav Halak, who is now 1-1 with a 3.00 GAA on the year, after going 18-13-4 with a 2.30 GAA last year, including 9-5-1 with a 2.05 GAA here at home. He has faced the Sharks 13 times in his career and is 6-5 with a 2.80 GAA in those games. 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.
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I will look for the Islanders to take this one. The Sharks are a strong road team, but they are playing on no rest vs a rested Islanders team, that does play well here at home. I like the Edge that the islanders have in goal with Halak over Dell and that should be the difference in this game. Take the Islanders to grab a very big home win in this one.
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