While the Islanders are on an extended break, lets take a look at the upcoming game on Saturday against the Nashville Predators.
The Islanders lost their first game against the Predators by 1 goal. While the new defensive structure takes hold in the players minds, it was a much more impressive game than the season opener in Carolina. We saw even further improvement when the Islanders shut out the deadly San Jose Sharks on Monday.
They’re going to look to get revenge after losing their home opener to them. Look to see Trotz use the same people he did against San Jose. However, we could see Ladd crack the lineup in place of Kuhnhackl. We should see Mayfield keep his roster spot instead of Sbisa because of his performance Monday as well.
Things to pay attention to:
- Their perfect penalty kill
- The consistently scoring power play
- Increase in scoring
- Continuation of blocking shots