BY: DAVID KOLB
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (5-8-4) @ ANAHEIM DUCKS (9-7-3)
The Ducks begin the night tied for second in the Pacific Division, while the New York Islanders are currently tied for last in the NHL league standings. The Isles are desperate for a win tonight, as they have dropped their last four matchups and seven of their last eight.
GOING FOR FOUR
The Islanders defeated the Ducks, 3-2, in OT of their home opener at Barclays Center this season (Oct. 16.) The win gave the Islanders their third consecutive win against the Ducks, and tonight they hope to extend the streak to four, which would be the longest all-time win streak against the Ducks by the Isles.
LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY
Although Anaheim has won five of their past eight contests, the Ducks have not been able to win more than two-in-a-row all season. Sunday, Anaheim lost 3-2 to the Kings after two straight wins, and tonight they will try and get back on track against the Islanders.
Isles’ defenseman Ryan Pulock, who is currently out of the lineup with a lower body injury since Oct. 21, is traveling with the club and skating in preparation for his return to the ice. Pulock was injured in his first game of the season against Arizona, only skating 3:57, yet still gaining a plus-1.
WATCHING THE BIG THREE
The Isles need to consciously know where Anaheim’s big three are at all times tonight. Corey Perry with four goals and 11 assists, and Ryan Getzlaf with a goal and 14 assists, are tied for the Ducks’ scoring lead with 15 points, while Ryan Kesler leads the Ducks with eight goals this season.