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The New York Islanders visit Gila River Arena as the Arizona Coyotes look to extend their win streak.

Christian Petersen

The Arizona Coyotes have won their past three games and are currently enjoying their longest streak of the season. Their opponent tonight is the Brooklyn Hipsters New York Islanders, who probably spent last night at Cornish Pasty and drinking PBR while the Coyotes played last night against the Anaheim Ducks, winning 3-2 in the shootout.  The shootout win extends the Coyotes current win streak to three, the longest streak they have had so far this season.

Matchup at a Glance


New York Islanders

Arizona Coyotes

Points

16 (7th in East)

13 (11th in West)

Goals Per Game

3.00  (6th)

2.54 (18th)

Goals Against Per Game

3.23 (26th)

3.46 (29th)

Power Play Percentage

23.1% (6th)

22.0% (8th)

Penalty Kill Percentage

67.5% (29th)

72.7% (27th)

5 on 5 Fenwick For Percentage *

52.95 (8th)

49.25 (21st)

PDO *

99.20 (19th)

96.72 (29th)

*Stats from war-on-ice.com

View from New York

After proving that sometimes doubling down will not always work out for you and being objectively horrible last season, the New York Islanders are surprisingly solid this year.  Part of that can likely be attributed to a healthy John Tavares, who missed the second half of last season with an injury sustained at the Olympics. He is leading his team in points with 15.

The Islanders probably thought they solved their goaltending problem during the offseason, and while Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson are likely improvements over Evgeni Nabokov, it hasn't really shown up on the goaltender stats. Halak has a 3.24 goals against average and .898 save percentage, while former-Coyote Johnson isn't much better with a 2.95 goals against average and a .889 save percentage.

This past Wednesday/Thursday, the Islanders played back to back games against the Ducks and Los Angeles Kings winning 3-2 and 2-1.

View from Arizona

The Coyotes enter this game riding a three-game win streak with a win last night against the NHL-leading Ducks. The Coyotes seem to have found their footing in the past two games with what many people would consider Coyotes hockey -- which is a good thing if they want to buck Elliotte Friedman's Nov. 1st observation. The most important factor in their success may be fact they are finally finding the back of the net while playing 5-on-5.  They have nine even strength goals in the past three games, compared to three in the five games before that.

After some tweaking to start the season, Tippett may have found something that works for the Desert Dogs.  Brandon Gormley seems to be finding his footing in the NHL while Sam Gagner seems to be benefitting from the addition of Mikkel Boedker on his line and Tobias Rieder seems to be doing well playing with Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette.

Keys to the Game

Get an early lead. With Arizona having played last night, expect the Islanders to try to push hard to open the game and make things difficult for the Yotes.  The best way to survive that initial push is to counter with an early lead and make the Islanders chase the game.

Discipline. Both teams have a solid power play and a not so solid penalty kill. The team that can take fewer penalties will likely have a huge advantage in this contest.

Shoot everything. Both New York goaltenders played solid recently, but their stats leave much to be desired.  The Coyotes need to find a way to test whoever is in net and continue the trend of scoring.

Who's Hot

Martin Erat has been been a welcome addition for the Coyotes this year, especially compared to last, and he has a goal and an assist in his last two games.

John Tavares continues to be good at hockey with two goals and an assist in the Islanders last two games, including the overtime, game-winning, power play goal against Anaheim on Thursday.

Injury Report

Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner, and Matt Carkner are out for the Islanders with a broken hand, sports hernia, and upper-body injury respectively.

David Moss continues to be out with an upper-body injury.

Puck Drop

Tonight's game starts at 6 p.m. at Gila River Arena and can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and heard on ESPN Phoenix 620 AM. Tonight is also Hockey Fights Cancer Night and Oliver Ekman-Larsson bobbleheads will be available for the first 5,000 fans, so get there early.