Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders, 7:00pm ET
Uniondale, NY — Nassau Coliseum — MSG+
It’ll be a quick turnaround tonight for the Islanders as they head home to the Coliseum to take on the Winnipeg Jets. Both teams were in action last night; the Islanders won in New Jersey while the Jets lost at the Garden. The Jets are still on top of the Southeast Division with only 38 points — one more than the eighth place Isles — which speaks to how bad that division has been this year. The Jets are 4-6-0 in their last ten, but have managed to take the lead in recent weeks thanks to Carolina’s complete free fall (Canes have won 2 of last 10).
The Jets are a team the Islanders might be able to take advantage of, as they’ve lost three in a row and have only scored a combined three goals in those games. Coming in on the second of a back-to-back, the Jets will be just as tired as the Isles, if not more so since they’re on the other side of the continent. Like the Isles, the Jets have three players with 10+ goals this year: Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane. There hasn’t been any word as to who will start in net for Winnipeg, but with Ondrej Pavelec playing last night it’s possible the Islanders will see an old friend between the pipes in Al Montoya.
For the Islanders, they had an optional skate this morning and Coach Capuano won’t be talking to the media until 5pm so there’s no word on who is in or out. Chances are, we’ll see Anders Lee in the lineup tonight to make his debut. More lineup info when it becomes available.