4 Facts to Know for Islanders-Predators

After having their three-game winning streak snapped, the Islanders are back at it visiting the defending Western Conference-champion Predators.

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*Facts Courtesy New York Islanders

1 Reunited And It Feels So Good

Coach Doug Weight shuffled the lines at practice Friday, putting Josh Bailey back on the top line with John Tavares and Anders Lee. The trio comprised the top line last season and both Lee (34 goals) and Bailey (56 points) had career years flanking the captain.

2 He's On Fire

Speaking of Bailey, he’s currently riding a five-game point streak (two goals, six assists) after recording three assists on Thursday. He’s now also tied with Tavares for the team lead in points with 10. Can anyone stop Bailey?

3 Changes in Back

Continuing the trend of alternating games, Jaroslav Halak will be between the pipes for the Isles tonight. He owns a 13-3-4 career record against the Predators. There will also be some fresh faces protecting Halak, as after being healthy scratches the past two games Ryan Pulock and Dennis Seidenberg replace Thomas Hickey and Scott Mayfield in the lineup.

4 Man Advantage?

One area where the Islanders can improve is on the power play, as they rank last in the league in power play percentage (6.2%) with just two goals. To make matters worse, they have allowed five shorthanded goals, including two in Thursday’s loss. Coach Weight adjusted the power play lines at practice Friday, so perhaps tonight could be the night the Islanders break through.