BY: DAVID KOLB
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (6-9-4) @ SAN JOSE SHARKS (11-8-1)
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The Islanders will conclude their three-game California road trip today with a contest against the Sharks in San Jose. The Sharks grabbed a 3-2 win in Brooklyn on Oct. 18, which is the Isles’ only regulation loss to a Western Conference team at home this season.
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The Islanders continue to get good offensive production from their blueline this season. The Isles have 42 combined points from their defensemen after both Adam Pelech and Travis Hamonic got assists in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Kings. Nick Leddy and the injured Dennis Seidenberg lead Islanders defensemen in points with eight each.
After signing an eight-year contract extension earlier in the week, Sharks All-Star defenseman Brent Burns recorded two assists in San Jose’s 2-1 win over Chicago Wednesday. The gifted offensive defenseman is tied for the Sharks’ team lead in points this season with 18 (7 goals, 11 assists) and has tallied four points in his last two games.
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Isles winger Anders Lee tallied 40 goals (25 in 2014-15, and 15 in 2015-16) over the past two seasons, but had gotten off to a slow start during the 2016-17 campaign. The big forward out of Notre Dame showed signs of breaking out Wednesday by scoring twice against the Kings. The Islanders hope that he can continue to contribute as a secondary scorer.
Sharks center Logan Couture has scored power-play goals in back-to-back games. Couture has three goals in his last four games and has produced six goals and five assists for 11 points this season.