The Vancouver Canucks attempt to snap an eight-game losing streak when they face John Tavares’ New York Islanders.
The Vancouver Canucks are in desperate need of a win, no matter how it comes.
After a promising 4-0 start, they’ve lost their last eight games, scoring a total of just 10 goals during the slump. They’re coming off a disappointing 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
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Vancouver ranks dead-last in goals per game with 1.6. The goaltenders have been hung out to dry for much of the season. The Canucks are allowing 2.8 goals per game, which puts them at 18th-overall in the league.
The Islanders have struggled after a promising 2015-16 playoff season. They sit at just 4-6-2. Only the Carolina Hurricanes are behind them in the Eastern Conference standings.
New York and Vancouver split the season series last year.
John Tavares: The Islanders captain is off to another blistering start with ten points through 12 games. While the Islanders aren’t scoring much on their second and third lines, Tavares is once again shining for a team that’s struggling early.
Brock Nelson: Nelson’s nine points trail only Tavares for the team lead. Nelson has been a quality no. 2 centre, but he often gets overlooked because of Tavares’ stardom.
WHO’S ON DEFENCE:
Dennis Seidenberg: After being bought out by the Boston Bruins this summer, Seidenberg has found a new home in Brooklyn. He already has eight points and a plus-10 rating.
WHO’S IN NET:
Jaroslav Halak: Halak has been outplayed by backup Thomas Greiss for most of the season. The former has gone 2-3-2 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 save percentage.
Josh Bailey — John Tavares — Cal Clutterbuck Shane Prince — Ryan Strome — Alan Quine Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Jason Chimera Andrew Ladd — Casey Cizikas — Nikolay Kulemin
Nick Leddy — Adam Pelech Thomas Hickey — Johnny Boychuk Calvin de Haan — Dennis Seidenberg