7:06 pm
December 12

Golden Knights @ Islanders

Who will WIN this matchup?

Vegas Golden Knights (17-14-1)

@ New York Islanders (14-11-4)


Starting Goalies:

Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK): Confirmed

Thomas Greiss (NYI): Confirmed


Current odds:

Vegas Golden Knights: (-150)

New York Islanders: (+130)


The Vegas Golden Knights have reversed their early-season doldrums by starting to reclaim their dominance at T-Mobile Arena, but they will have to show they can win away from home. Winners of eight of 10 overall and five in a row at home, the Golden Knights will kick off a four-game road trip with a visit to the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Vegas’ home/road disparity was on display the past two games as it was mauled 5-1 at league-worst Los Angeles before rebounding with a 4-2 win over Dallas the next night to improve to 10-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena. “I’ve been in the NHL quite a long time — this is incredible,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. “Every game we play the crowd just gets behind us and they really lift our hockey team.”

• The Islanders are the only team in the NHL that Vegas has not beaten, sweeping the two-game season series in 2017-18. A lack of offense has been hurting New York, which has scored a combined 12 goals while dropping five of its last seven games (2-3-2), including a 2-0 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.

• Center Paul Stastny, who was signed to a three-year contract as a free agent in the offseason, could return to the lineup for the first time in more than two months after suffering a lower-body injury in the third game of the season. Stastny, who had a 53-point season with St. Louis and Winnipeg in 2017-18 and starred for the Jets in the playoffs, had his first full practice Tuesday since he was hurt. “He’s close, real close,” Gallant said. “There’s a possibility he’s going to play on this trip. We’ll see when he’s ready, when he feels good, but we want to make sure.”

• Because New York did not practice Tuesday, there were no updates available on the condition of forwards Cal Clutterbuck and Jordan Eberle, who each exited Monday’s game with undisclosed injuries. Although the Islanders have struggled to produce on offense, 2015 first-round pick Anthony Beauvillier has heated up by scoring seven of his eight goals over the past dozen games. The power play failed to convert in overtime against Pittsburgh to continue a lengthy slump in which New York has managed only five goals in 56 opportunities with the extra skater since Nov. 1.

• Vegas F William Karlsson has scored in five of his last eight games.

• Islanders F Josh Bailey set up a goal in each of the past two games and had three assists in his first matchup versus Vegas .

• The Golden Knights have scored a power-play goal in 12 of their last 17 games.

StreakSmarter Pick
Vegas Golden Knights