NEW YORK ISLANDERS (1-3-0) vs. ARIZONA COYOTES (1-2-0)
TAVARES HEATING UP
Through the first two games of the season, Islanders captain John Tavares was unable to register any points and was a minus-3. But the two-time All-Star has started to round into form. He recorded a goal with an assist and was a plus-2 in the last two games. In the losses, Tavares played 18-plus minutes, while in the two wins, coach Jack Capuano upped JT’s playing time to an average of over 21-minutes per contest.
DOMINGUE IN NET
Jaroslav Halak will be back in net for the Islanders, while Louis Domingue will get his second start of the season for the Coyotes. Domingue is now the No. 1 goalie for the Coyotes with Mike Smith out of the lineup due to a lower body injury. He allowed three goals on only 11 shots Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens before being replaced by Justin Peters.
The Islanders will need to apply pressure while firing pucks on net to expose the struggling Domingue and to help get their offensive output up to speed. They have tallied only nine goals this season – the second fewest goal amount from teams that played at least four games – and currently ranks 26th overall in the NHL, averaging only 2.3 goals per game.
STROME VS STROME
Tonight’s tilt will mark the first time Arizona center Dylan Strome faces off in an NHL contest against his brother, Isles’ center, Ryan Strome. They each enter the game with one point, Ryan lit the lamp versus Washington last Saturday, while Dylan gained his first NHL point, recording an assist in Tuesday’s loss to Ottawa.
Through three games, Max Domi has only one assist, while former Ranger, Anthony Duclair have yet to tally a point. Last season, Domi finished with 18 goals and 34 assists for 52 points, while “The Duke” lit the lamp 20 times while gaining 24 helpers for 44 points.