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The New York Islanders battle the Arizona Coyotes in interleague action on Saturday. The New York Islanders are coming off a 1-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Johnny Boychuk scored in the second period. Nick Leddy had an assist. The Arizona Coyotes are going to rely on all four lines tonight with this being a back-to-back.Back-to-back games are never easy and this one might be especially difficult for the New York Islanders.
We have Mike Smith penciled in as the confirmed starter for the Arizona Coyotes. He last played on Friday and put together a 0.914 save percentage. Smith has been unremarkable over his last 10 games, posting a 0.901 save percentage.
It looks like Thomas Greiss will get the call in this one. He allowed 2 goals on 39 shots during his latest appearance. Greiss has been superb over his last 3 games, posting a 0.952 save percentage.
The Arizona Coyotes need to work on their structure as they've had trouble moving the puck up the ice this season. The Arizona Coyotes have been inferior at home, posting a 6-10-2 record. The New York Islanders have been weak when playing on the road with a 4-8-2 record. The Arizona Coyotes have gone 1-5 when playing Eastern-Metropolitan opponents this season. The New York Islanders have gone 4-7 when playing Western-Pacific opponents this season.
Arizona Coyotes should have enough firepower to come away with a victory. Side with the Arizona Coyotes here.
Game Time: 8:05 PM ET
Arizona Coyotes 133