San Jose Sharks vs. New York Islanders
NHL: Sunday, February 23, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, 5:00 PM ET
The San Jose Sharks continue their east-coast journey Sunday night when they take on the New York Islanders. The Sharks will play without rest after visiting the New York Rangers on Saturday. On the other side, the Islanders had one day to prepare for this game after beating the Red Wings at home on Friday.
The Sharks and Islanders will close down their regular-season series. Back in November, the Sharks outlasted the Islanders 2-1 in overtime as slight -105 home underdogs. San Jose has won 12 of its last 20 encounters with the Islanders, but the Sharks are only 1-4 in their previous five road contests against the Islanders.
The Sharks opened a four-game road trip with a tough loss in New JerseyBefore they visited the New York Rangers on Friday night, the Sharks suffered a 2-1 defeat at the New Jersey Devils this past Thursday. They won the first period and finished the game with 12 shots more than their opponents (37-25), but it wasn’t enough for the Sharks to avoid their second straight loss. Tim Heed scored his first goal of the season, while Martin Jones turned aside 23 shots with a .920 save percentage.
The Sharks were sitting at the sixth spot of the Pacific Division on Saturday, 14 points behind the third-place Vancouver Canucks. Also, they were 12 points behind the bottom wild card in the West, so the Sharks will probably have to miss the postseason for the first time since 2015. San Jose is the fifth-most inefficient team in the league with 2.57 goals scored per game and has the fifth-worst defense in the NHL with 3.25 goals allowed per contest.
Martin Jones has guarded the cage in two of the previous three games and should get another start Sunday against the Islanders. He’s 14-18-2 on the season and has a 3.11 GAA and a .894 save percentage. Aaron Dell has a 12-12-2 record with a 2.89 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
The Islanders beat the league-worst Red Wings to snap a four-game skidThe Islanders are coming off a convincing 4-1 home victory over the worst team in the league Detroit Red Wings on Friday. They put an end to a four-game losing streak mostly thanks to Jordan Eberle who scored a hat-trick, while Semyon Varlamov finished the game with 21 stops and a .955 save percentage. The Islanders took 40 shots towards the Red Wings; goalie and fully deserved a win.
New York is sitting at the fourth spot of the Metropolitan Division standings, three points behind the third-place Philadelphia Flyers. Still, the Islanders hold a top wild card, one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and two points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes. They are 22nd in the league in goals scored per game (2.82) and sixth in goals against (2.68).
Semyon Varlamov has guarded the cage in the previous four games and is expected to get another starting nod Sunday against the Sharks. He’s 18-12-4 on the season and has a 2.51 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Thomas Greiss is 16-8-2 this term and has a 2.65 GAA and a .916 save percentage.
- 4-0 in the last four games at home
- 15-5 in the last 20 home games against the Western Conference
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: San Jose:
- 1-4 in the last five road games against the Islanders
- 6-12 in the last 18 games on the road