Here are some notes as the New York Islanders (21-25-7) are getting ready to take on the St. Louis Blues (34-11-5) in NHL action at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum today (Saturday).
1/23/14: NYI 4 vs. PIT 6
The Islanders couldn’t complete a third-straight comeback Thursday night, falling 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum. After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Islanders gave up four unanswered goals to the Penguins, falling behind 4-2 by the second intermission. Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo’s third-period goals kept the game tight, but Evgeni Malkin’s marker at 5:59 of the third held up as the game winner.
The Islanders and St. Louis Blues complete a two-game season series this afternoon. St. Louis beat the Isles 5-1 at Scottrade Center in early December, but the Isles are 2-0-2 in their last four at home against St. Louis, who last won at the Coliseum in regulation back in 2004.
Career Highs: Kyle Okposo has tied his career high in points with 52. Frans Nielsen has tied his career high in goals with 17.
Assist Streak: Frans Nielsen is on a six-game assist streak (6a), matching the Islanders’ season high, set by John Tavares in October.
Vs. the West: The Islanders have won six straight games against Western Conference opponents.
Discipline: The Blues boast the league’s second-best power-play unit, converting at 23.9%. The Isles gave up three power-play goals in their last game against the Blues,and must stay out of the box today.
Josh Bailey – 6 assists shy of 100
Kyle Okposo – 7 goals shy of 100
The Islanders v Blues game is set to air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.