Arizona Coyotes vs. N.Y. Islanders Prediction, Preview and Odds

A pair of teams face off on the island in an interconference clash. The Arizona Coyotes travel to the Big Apple to take on the New York Islanders on Friday night. Arizona comes in off a 4-1 road win over New Jersey on Wednesday night in their most recent meeting. New York swept a home-and-home series with the Flyers, as they won 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday night in their previous matchup. In the last 10 meetings between the teams, the Islanders hold a 6-3-1 advantage, including a 3-0 victory in the first meeting this season on Oct. 23, 2021.

Arizona Coyotes look for a win on the road.

Arizona won its second straight game, as it was able to shutout New Jersey in its previous contest on Wednesday night. The Coyotes improved to 10-24-4 on the year and entered Thursday last in the Central Division, 31 points behind Colorado for the division lead. They are 27 points behind the Predators for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 20 points behind the Sharks for the second wild-card spot. Arizona ranks 31st, or second-to-last, in the league in goals per game, averaging 2.26 goals per night this season. The Coyotes are tied for 29th in goals against, as they allow an average of 3.61 goals per game on the year. Arizona is 31st in the league in power play success as they convert 12.6% of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Coyotes are 30th in the league in penalty killing, as they manage to beat 73.1% of their shorthanded situations.

Against the Devils, Arizona got some brilliant goaltending and decent offensive production to come away with a road win on Wednesday night. The Coyotes struggled early as they were outshot 12-1 in the first period and were down 1-0 after 20 minutes of action. In the second period, Arizona took 15-7 shots, but outshot New Jersey 3-0 to take a 3-1 lead after two periods of action. Dysin Mayo tied the game with his third goal of the year at 6:50 of the period, with assists to Alex Galchenyuk and Loui Eriksson. Lawson Crouse gave Arizona a 2-1 lead with his 10th goal of the year at 11:32 thanks to assists from Anton Stralman and Eriksson. Travis Boyd extended the lead to 3-1 with his 10th goal of the year at 14:13 on assists to Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun. In the third period, the Coyotes saw the shots even at nine, but scored the only goal of the period to give them the win. Johan Larsson capped the scoring with his sixth goal of the season at 8:27 thanks to assists from Phil Kessel and Crouse. Karel Vejmelka made 35 saves for Arizona, which was outshot 36-17, in the win. He is expected to return to the starting lineup in goal.

New York Islanders try to keep the momentum going.

New York swept a home-and-home series with the Flyers as they prevailed Tuesday night in a shootout on the road. The Islanders entered Thursday in the basement of the Metropolitan Division, 24 points behind the Rangers for first place. They are 21 points behind Washington for the last guaranteed playoff spot in the division and 16 points behind the Bruins for the second wild-card spot. New York is 30th in goals per game, averaging 2.31 goals per game. The Islanders are seventh in goals against per game, allowing 2.66 goals per night. New York is 23rd in power play success, as they convert 17.6% of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Islanders are ninth in penalty killing, as they manage to beat 82.2% of their shorthanded situations this year.

Against the Flyers, the Islanders needed a shootout, but managed to kill off the Flyers to sweep the home-and-home set. In the first period, New York was outshot 12-9, but trailed tied at one after 20 minutes of play. Robin Salo opened the scoring with his first goal of the year at 2:08, assisted by Mathew Barzal and Zach Parise. The team gave up the equalizer later in the period. In the second period, New York shot 14-7 and both teams scored once, leaving the game even after two periods. Josh Bailey scored his third goal of the season at 13:28, assisted by Adam Pelech and Anthony Beauvillier, for a 2-1 lead before the Flyers came back to even things up. In the third period, New York held a 9-6 advantage in shots and both teams scored a goal, leaving the game tied at three at the end of regulation. Trailing 3-2, Casey Cizikas evened the score with his second goal of the year at 15:32, off an assist

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