Game Preview: Islanders vs. Blues

By: David Kolb

ST. LOUIS BLUES (15-7-4) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (10-10-5)
Game Coverage Starts at 6:30 PM on MSG+

GUNNING FOR A WINNING RECORD

The Isles will look to extend their point streak to six games and get above the .500 mark tonight as they face the St. Louis Blues for the first time this season. The Isles won both games last season, winning at St. Louis in October in OT, and then again in December via a shootout at Barclays.

STREAKING BAILEY

Josh Bailey is playing his best hockey of the season, as he carries a six-game scoring streak (one goal, five assists) into tonight’s tilt. Bailey’s resurgence has coincided with Jack Capuano placing him on the top line with John Tavares. Bailey now has four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 25 games this season, including 10 points in 16 games at Barclays.

TAVARES PACING HOME SUCCESS

Tavares extended his point streak to three games Tuesday, as he provided an insurance goal in the third period to help the Islanders beat the Rangers, 4-2. No. 91 has averaged a point per game at home this season, notching seven goals and nine assists in 16 contests in Brooklyn.

TARASENKO HUNGRY

Vladimir Tarasenko is leading the Blues in scoring once again this season, however, he’s been unable to tally a point over the past two games. In 26 games, the 24-year-old Russian has 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points, 11 of which have come on the power play.

ISLES SCORING EARLY

The Isles have scored the first goal in six consecutive contests, going 4-1-1 during that stretch. This is the first time the Islanders have scored the first goal in six consecutive games since February of 2015.