The Arizona Coyotes and the New York Islanders are gearing up for a new NHL regular match.
The Arizona Coyotes are experiencing a problem of inconsistency this season, as evidenced in their games, including the recent match against the Florida Panthers, where they scored a solitary goal, losing with a score of 1-4. This season, the Coyotes are averaging 3.03 goals per game, and their defence is giving away 2.86 goals. The Coyotes' forwards hold the 19th position in the league, and the team is in need of bolstering their attack to improve results. Clayton Keller is the team's leading player with 13 goals and 18 assists.
Recently, the Coyotes have shown signs of improvement, with 6 wins and 2 losses in their last 8 games. However, the five-match home stint kicked off with a 4:1 loss to Florida. Alex Kerfoot scored a goal, but the Panthers responded with three unanswered goals. Florida dominated the shots 38-22, especially in the third period. Kerfoot has made a significant contribution to the Coyotes' performance, scoring eight points in the last seven games. In goal, Karel Vejmelka has put on a good show, blocking 35 out of 37 shots from the Panthers in the last match, and he has a record of 4-1-0 and a save percentage of .934 in the last five games. Connor Ingram, with a better season performance at 13-7-0, may be in the starting lineup for the next match against New York.
The New York Islanders have faced some difficulties in their recent games, losing two matches in a row, including an overtime loss to Colorado with a score of 4:5. Brock Nelson had a strong performance, scoring a goal and making an assist. On average, the Islanders are scoring 3.05 goals per game, while their defence is allowing 3.27 goals. The team's attack is ranked 18th in the league and needs to improve. Mathew Barzal is leading the team with 37 points, including 10 goals and 27 assists.
During the game with Colorado, the Islanders led for most of the time, but Colorado's 39-22 shot advantage had them on the back foot. The team blocked 31 Colorado shots, setting a season record. The starting goalie, Semyon Varlamov and defenceman Robert Bortuzzo were both injured. Ilya Sorokin came in for Varlamov, making 23 saves out of 27 shots, and will likely start the next game due to Varlamov's questionable status. The Islanders have a performance record of 5 wins, 4 losses in the last 9 matches, and 0-2 in the first two matches of a four-match road trip.
In the first meeting of the two teams on October 18 in New York, the Islanders beat the Coyotes 1:0. Sorokin made a shutout and 14 saves for the win. But before this, the Coyotes won 2 straight matches with scores 5:4 and 2:0.
I'll place my bet on the Islanders not losing, even with Varlamov's injury, who frankly is not impressive so far, while Sorokin could single-handedly shut down Arizona, which often fails in the attack.