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NHL Preview: New York Islanders (34-26-8) at Anaheim Ducks (22-35-10)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS NOTES:

LAST GAME
DATE NYI RESULT SCORE NYI SCORERS IN GOAL
Tuesday, March 14 Loss LAK 5 vs. NYI 2 Engvall, Pageau Sorokin (32/36)
Pierre Engvall opened the score with his second goal in two games, but the Los Angeles Kings responded with four straight goals in the second period as the New York Islanders fell to the Kings, 5-2, Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena. Ryan Pulock tallied two assists, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the Islanders’ second of the game, and Ilya Sorokin turned aside 32 of 36 shots in the Islanders’ second straight loss.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS & UPDATES
Mar. 14 Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been activated off the team’s IR list.
Mar. 11 Cal Clutterbuck has been activated off the team’s IR list.
Mar. 2 Arnaud Durandeau has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.
Mar. 1 Goaltender Tristan Lennox has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.
Feb. 28 The New York Islanders have acquired forward Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange
for a third round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
Feb. 22 Andy Andreoff has been returned on loan to Bridgeport. Otto Koivula has been recalled from loan.

INJURIES GAMES MISSED

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 – Mar. 9

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 –

36 Otto Koivula Mar. 11 –

40 Semyon Varlamov Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau Feb. 14 – Mar. 11

Man Games Lost: 173

RECENT RESULTS
Tuesday, Mar. 14 at Los Angeles L (5-2)
Saturday, Mar. 11 vs. Washington L (5-1)
Thursday, Mar. 9 at Pittsburgh W/OT (4-3)
Tuesday, Mar. 7 vs. Buffalo W (3-2)
Saturday, Mar. 4 vs. Detroit W (4-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Minnesota L/SO (2-1)

UPCOMING GAMES
Mar. 18 at San Jose SAP Center (San Jose, CA) 10:30pm
Mar. 21 vs. Toronto UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30PM
Mar. 24 at Columbus Nationwide Arena (Columbus, OH) 7:00pm
Mar. 25 vs. Buffalo UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 5:00pm
Mar. 27 vs. New Jersey UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30pm

VS. ANAHEIM:
Last five meetings (3-1-1)
Oct. 15, 2022 UBS Arena W, 7-1
Mar. 13, 2022 UBS Arena W, 4-3
Feb. 27, 2022 Honda Center W, 4-0
Dec. 21, 2019 Nassau Coliseum L/SO, 6-5
Nov. 25, 2019 Honda Center L, 3-0

2022-23 1-0-0
Franchise History 20-14-4-3
NYI Home 11-6-1-2
NYI Away 9-8-3-1

SEASON SERIES
DATE LOCATION RESULT/TIME
Oct. 15, 2022 UBS Arena W, 7-1
Mar. 15, 2023 Honda Center 10:00pm

TEAM NOTES
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Tonight, the New York Islanders visit the Anaheim Ducks in the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was October 15, 2022, at UBS Arena, when six different Islanders tallied multi-point games, including Anders Lee, who recorded a season-high three assists in the 7-1 win. The Islanders can capture their fourth straight win against Anaheim tonight, and earned a 4-0 win the last time they visited the Ducks on February 27, 2022.

Tonight’s game is the second in a three-game West Coast road trip for the Islanders. They will also cap off their 13th back-to-back series this season, after facing the Los Angeles Kings last night at Crypto.com arena. The Islanders can improve to 8-4-1 on the back-end of back-to-back games tonight.

The Islanders have a 6-3-1 record in their last ten games, and will look to bounce back tonight following two straight regulation losses on Saturday against Washington and last night against the Kings. The last time the Islanders dropped consecutive decisions in regulation was January 23 and 25 (against Toronto and Ottawa).

PENALTY KILL
The Islanders enter tonight’s matchup with an 82.2% success rate on the penalty kill, eighth in the NHL and third in the Metropolitan Division (Carolina, Washington. This season, the Islanders have allowed just 35 power play goals in 197 times shorthanded, the seventh-lowest total in the NHL.

THIRD PERIOD ACTION
The Islanders have outscored opponents 17-5 in the third period through their last 12 games. Thursday night against Pittsburgh was the ninth time this season the Islanders have captured a victory when trailing at some point in the third period. The Islanders have also won eight games this season when trailing after two periods, most in the NHL. They have won 16 games this season when trailing at any point during the game.

ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES:

LAST ANAHEIM DUCKS GAME
MARCH 12, 2023 – ANAHEIM 4 vs. NASHVILLE 5 OT
The Ducks earned a point for the third straight game following a 5-4 OT loss to the Nashville Predators at Honda Center Sunday night. The Ducks scored two goals in the final 2:21 of the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and force overtime. Mason McTavish scored two goals for the second time in his career, including the game-tying goal with 26 seconds left in regulation. His two goals tied his career high set Jan. 6 vs. SJS (2-2=4). Cam Fowler tied a career high with three assists (0-3=3), matching his prior best set Feb. 15, 2016 @ CGY (0-3=3). His first assist marked the fourth time in his career recording 30 assist and first time with 30 helpers in back-to-back campaigns (33 in 2021-22). Troy Terry scored Anaheim’s third goal at 17:39 of the third period, his 19th goal of the season and sixth the last nine games (6-1=7). Trevor Zegras recorded an assist on McTavish’s second goal, extending his team lead in points (21-35=56) and assists. Max Jones earned an assist to tie his career high in points (5-7=12), matching his career high set in 2019-20 in five fewer games (8-4=12 in 59 GP). Frank Vatrano netted his 16th goal of the season at 4:46 of the second, marking points in back-to-back games (1-1=2). Jakob Silfverberg also earned an assist, pushing his point total to 4-3=7 his last nine games. John Gibson stopped 31 shots, helping Anaheim earn points in seven of his last eight starts (4-1=3).
PP: 0-1 PK: 0-1 SF: 37 SA: 36 TOI: Cam Fowler (29:33)
Three Stars: 1. T. Novak 2. M. McTavish 3. Y. Trenin

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (PT) TV / AUDIO
Mar. 17 Columbus Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 19 Vancouver Honda Center 5 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 21 Calgary Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 23 Winnipeg Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 25 St. Louis Honda Center 7:30 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Mar. 3 Acquired Brock McGinn and a 2024 third-round selection from Pittsburgh for D Dmitry Kulikov.
Acquired D Andrej Sustr, C Nikita Nesterenko and a 2025 fourth-round selection from Minnesota for D John Klingberg.
Acquired D Chase Priskie from Buffalo for D Austin Strand.

ANAHEIM DUCKS INJURIES
Man-Games Lost: 349

PLAYER INJURY/ILLNESS EXPECTED ABSENCE GAMES MISSED
John Moore Upper-body Indefinite 67
Jamie Drysdale Torn labrum (shoulder) 4-6 months 59
Urho Vaakanainen Hip surgery 5-6 months 17
Anthony Stolarz Lower-body Week-to-week 15
Adam Henrique MCL sprain Week-to-week 9

ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks continue an eight-game homestand spanning 16 days tonight vs .the New York Islanders at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT, TV: Bally Sports West AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight with points in three straight contests (1-0-2), eight of their last nine games (5-1-3) and nine of the last 11 overall (5-2-4). The Ducks have also earned points in 13 of the last 19 games overall (9-6-4) and are 10-7-5 the last 22 contests. At home, Anaheim has points in four of its last five contests (2-1-2). Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will continue the homestand Friday, March 17 vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. PT).

EIGHT STRAIGHT: The Ducks are in the midst of an eight-game homestand from Mar. 12-27, the second-longest homestand of the 2022-23 season and also tied for the second-longest in franchise history. Anaheim hosted a club record 10-game homestand Dec. 23-Jan. 13 spanning 24 days (3-6-1 record). The homestand was tied for the third-longest in NHL history, trailing 12 straight at home by Tampa Bay (2010-11) and the California Golden Seals (1975-76). Anaheim’s longest prior homestand was eight games (three times), including Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 16, 2015 (6-2-0, 12 pts.), Mar. 2-18, 2007 (6-1-1, 13 pts.) and Oct. 28-Nov. 14, 2001 (2-4-2, 6 pts.).

DUCKS-ISLANDERS: Anaheim and the New York Islanders close out a two-game season series with the lone contest at Honda Center. The Islanders earned a 7-1 win at UBS Arena Oct. 15 in the first matchup of the 2022-23 season series. The Ducks have won three of their last six games vs. the Islanders (3-3-0) and earned points in six of the last 10 meetings overall (5-4-1). Anaheim has also won three of its last four (3-1-0) and earned points in eight of their last 10 matchups in Orange County (6-2-2). The Ducks own a 17-16-8 all-time record vs. the Islanders, including an 9-6-6 mark in Anaheim. John Gibson owns the most wins by a Ducks goaltender vs. the Islanders, posting a 4-2-1 record with one shutout, a 2.84 GAA and .912 SV% in eight appearances (seven starts). Cam Fowler (5-12=17 in 20 GP) paces active Ducks skaters in career scoring and goals vs. NYI. Fowler has a career +13 rating against the Islanders, his highest mark against a single team. Kevin Shattenkirk (4-14=18 in 21 GP) leads active Ducks skaters in career assists vs. NYI.

ANA-NYI SEASON SERIES:
DATE LOCATION TIME / RESULT TV / AUDIO
Oct. 15 UBS Arena 7-1 NYI win
Mar. 15 Honda Center 7 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream

ANA-NYI ALL-TIME SERIES:
Overall @ Anaheim @ New York
All-Time Series: 17-16-8 9-6-6 8-10-2
Current Streak: Three New York wins One New York win Two New York wins
Last ANA win: Dec. 21, 2019 (6-5 SO) Nov. 25, 2019 (3-0) Dec. 21, 2019 (6-5 SO)
Last NYI win: Oct. 15, 2022 (7-1) Feb. 27, 2022 (4-0) Oct. 15, 2022 (7-1)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1 6-2-2 4-5-1

EXTRA TIME: Twenty of Anaheim’s 67 games this season have gone beyond regulation, tied for the most among NHL teams this season (also New York Rangers). The Ducks have won 10 games in overtime or a shootout (7-7 in OT and 3-3 in SO). The Ducks have also gone past regulation in 10 home games, posting six wins in OT and one in a SO at Honda Center.

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