5 Things to Know: Islanders vs. Predators

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (35-27-12) vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (38-25-11)
Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG+

The Islanders host the Predators in a game crucial to their playoff chances.

1 WHERE THEY STAND

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauviller readies for a face off in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game in New York., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

  • The Isles are 5-4-1 in the last 10 games
  • New York is 20-11-7 at home in 2016-17

2 WHO'S HOT

  • Isles’ captain, John Tavares scored the lone Islanders’ goal in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins
  • No. 91 now has points in each of his past six games (three goals, four assists) and has 13 points in 13 games in the month of March
  • Tavares has tallied 36 points in 38 games at Barclays center this season while scoring 28 goals and 37 assists for 65 points this season in 74 games this season

3 SAY WHAT?

“It was a tight-checking, playoff-type game. It was muck it up type of game and somebody was going to win it with a goal. They got a break and scored in the third.”

 — Islanders’ coach, Doug Weight reflecting back on Saturday’s tight 2-1 loss to Boston

4 DID YOU KNOW?

TORONTO, CANADA – APRIL 20: Head coach Peter Laviolette of the New York Islanders talks to his team against the Toronto Maple Leafs during game two of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs won 2-0. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)

Current Nashville coach, Peter Laviolette began his coaching career with the New York Islanders, serving as the Isles bench boss for two seasons in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

5 MUST-SEE VIDEO

Islanders’ forward, Josh Bailey talks about Saturday’s loss vs. the Bruins, including their power play, which went 0-6.