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NHL Preview: New York Islanders (31-25-7) at Minnesota Wild (33-21-6)


Sunday, Feb. 26 Win NYI 4 at WPG 0 Horvat, Nelson,
Romanov, Pelech
Varlamov (23/23)
Bo Horvat opened the score shorthanded, while Semyon Varlamov turned aside all 23 shots he faced to help the New York Islanders defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Canada Life Centre. Brock Nelson, Alexander Romanov, and Adam Pelech scored, and Hudson Fasching and Zach Parise each recorded assists to help the Islanders sweep their two-game season series with Winnipeg and capture their fourth win in their last six games.

Feb. 22 Andy Andreoff has been returned on loan to Bridgeport. Otto Koivula has been recalled from loan.
Feb. 19 Arnaud Durandeau has been emergency recalled from Bridgeport.
Feb. 17 Otto Koivula has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.
Feb. 16 Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been placed on IR. Andy Andreoff has been recalled from loan (Bridgeport).
Feb. 14 Jean-Gabriel Pageau is day to day with an upper body injury.
Feb. 13 Otto Koivula has been recalled from loan (Bridgeport). Samuel Bolduc has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.


3 Adam Pelech Dec. 9 – Jan. 21

8 Noah Dobson Jan. 23 – Jan. 28

10 Simon Holmstrom Dec. 23 – Jan. 6

12 Josh Bailey Nov. 29, Feb. 18 – Feb. 24

13 Mathew Barzal Jan. 6, Feb. 20 –

15 Cal Clutterbuck Oct. 13, Nov. 8, Dec. 2- Dec. 6, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3, Jan. 21 –

20 Hudson Fasching Jan. 19 – Jan. 28

21 Kyle Palmieri Nov. 23 – Dec. 13, Dec. 17 – Jan. 21

25 Sebastian Aho Oct. 13 – Oct. 20

26 Oliver Wahlstrom Oct. 13, Dec. 29 –

40 Semyon Varlamov Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau Feb. 14 –

Man Games Lost: 151

Sunday, Feb. 26 at Winnipeg W (4-0)
Friday, Feb. 24 vs. Los Angeles L (3-2)
Wednesday, Feb. 22 vs. Winnipeg W (2-1)
Monday, Feb. 20 at Pittsburgh W (4-2)
Saturday, Feb. 18 at Boston L (6-2)
Friday, Feb. 17 vs. Pittsburgh W (5-4)

Mar. 4 vs. Detroit UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 12:30pm
Mar. 7 vs. Buffalo UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30pm
Mar. 9 at Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 7:00pm
Mar. 11 vs. Washington UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30pm
Mar. 14 at Los Angeles Arena (Los Angeles, CA) 10:30pm

Last five meetings (2-3-0)
Jan. 12, 2023 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) Loss (3-1)
Jan. 30, 2022 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) Loss (4-3)
Nov. 7, 2021 Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN) Loss (5-2)
Dec. 29, 2019 Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN) Win (3-1)
Mar. 17, 2019 Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN) OT Win (3-2)

2022-23 0-1-0
Franchise History 13-15-0-2
NYI Home 7-7-0-1
NYI Away 6-8-0-1

Tonight, the New York Islanders visit the Minnesota Wild in the second and final matchup between the two clubs this season. These teams last met on January 12 at UBS Arena, a 3-1 decision in the Wild’s favor. The last time the Islanders visited Minnesota was November 7, 2021, when Anders Lee scored both Islander goals in a 5-2 loss. The Islanders have four wins in their last six games, and have collected points in eight of their 11 games in February (6-3-2). They enter tonight’s matchup with points in four of their last five meetings against a Central Division team. Minnesota is the final Central opponent the Islanders will face in their 2022-23 regular season slate, and they will look to earn their first win over the Wild since December 29, 2019.


All-Time Wild Record: 16-11-2 (9-4-2 at Xcel Energy Center, 7-7-0 at New York)
2022-23: Minnesota won the series-opening matchup, 3-1, at UBS Arena (1/12)…LW Kirill Kaprizov (1-1=2) and RW Mats Zuccarello (0-2=2) led the Wild with two points each…C Freddy Gaudreau (1-0=1) and C Sam Steel (1-0=1) each added goals…G Filip Gustavsson saved 19-of-20 shots faced for Minnesota…D Scott Mayfield (1-0=1) scored the Islanders’ lone goal, assisted by LW Matt Martin (0-1=1) and D Alexander Romanov (0-1=1)…G Ilya Sorokin stopped 33-of-35 shots faced for New York.

WILD LEADERS: RW Mats Zuccarello leads the Wild with 17 points (4-13=17) in 35 matches vs. the Islanders…D Alex Goligoski has 14 points (2-12=14) in 30 contests…D Matt Dumba owns 10 points (1-9=10) in 11 games…D Jared Spurgeon has eight points (3-5=8) in 18 contests.

WILD GOALIES: G Marc-Andre Fleury is 27-12-6 with a 2.44 GAA, a .918 SV% and five shutouts in 47 games (45 starts) vs. the Islanders…Gustavsson is 1-1-0 with a 3.04 GAA and a .872 SV% in two starts.

ISLANDERS LEADERS: C Bo Horvat leads the Islanders with 14 points (9-5=14) in 21 matches against Minnesota…RW Kyle Palmieri owns 13 points (5-8=13) in 19 games against Minnesota…LW Anders Lee has 12 points (6-5=11) in 15 contests…RW Josh Bailey owns 11 points (2-9=11) in 21 games…C Brock Nelson has nine points (6-3=9) in 16 matches.

ISLANDERS GOALIES: G Semyon Varlamov is 13-14-1 with a 2.26 GAA, a .928 SV% and one shutout in 29 games (28 starts) against Minnesota…Sorokin is 0-2-0 with a 3.10 GAA and a .893 SV% in one start.

FAST FACTS: The Wild is 9-5-1 in its last 15 matches against the Islanders, outscoring New York 42-22 in the nine wins…Fourteen of the 30 all-time meetings with the Islanders have been decided by one goal (8-4-2), including eight of the 14 matches at Xcel Energy Center (5-1-2).

Jonas Brodin: lower body

• Minnesota leads the NHL with 14 points since Feb. 11 (6-1-2).

• The Wild’s current six-game point streak (5-0-1) is tied for the longest of the season (12/10 to 12/21, 6-0-0).

• Since Feb. 11, the Wild leads the NHL with a .940 save percentage and has allowed a league-low 1.67 goals against per game.

• Dating back to Nov. 19th, Minnesota is 18-5-1 at home for a .771 point percentage, the fourth-best point percentage in the NHL during that span.

• The Wild recorded a seven-game home win streak from Nov. 27 – Dec. 18, the fourth-longest home win streak in the NHL this season.

• Minnesota is tied for fifth in the NHL with 20 home victories this season and ranks sixth with a .656 point percentage.

• In home games since Nov. 19, the Wild has recorded a 2.17 goals against average (GAA) and .922 save percentage (SV%). in that span, Minnesota ranks second in the NHL in home GAA and home SV%.

• The Wild has converted 28.9 percent (28 of 97) of power-play opportunities at home this season, fourth-best in the NHL.

• Since Jan. 19, Minnesota ranks second in the NHL with 13 power-play goals. Minnesota is 13-for-50 (26.0%) with the man advantage during that span, fifth-best in the NHL, and has scored a power-play goal in 12 of 17 contests.

• Has killed 26 consecutive shorthanded situations across 12 total games. Has not allowed a power-play goal in 11 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NHL this season, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history and tied for the 19th-longest streak in the NHL’s Modern Era (since 1967-68 season)

• For the season, the Wild is seventh in the NHL with a 82.3 penalty-kill percentage (158 for 192).

• Since Nov. 8, Minnesota is tied for third in the NHL with a 84.2 penalty-kill percentage (133 for 158).

• Minnesota is sixth in the NHL with a 82.6 penalty-kill percentage (81 of 98) on the road this season.

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