New York Islanders (31-23-11) at Vancouver Canucks (28-30-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 9, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks / New York Islanders --- Over/Under:
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The New York Islanders look to build some momentum after a win against the Oilers as they continue their Western Canada road trip against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
The Islanders scored a big win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night and they will look for an encore against the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday as they continue their pursuit of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. New York had a sluggish start to the season but they have since turned up their play and look like a dark horse in the Metro division right now as they are chipping away their deficit on a nightly basis and stand a good chance at another road victory on Thursday. New York has always had their fire power offensively to keep up with the league’s best but their blue line needs some work and goaltending has been a bit unstable, though Thomas Greiss has seemingly found a niche and is an every day starter in Brooklyn for the time being. Greiss is expected to get the start as he will face off against Ryan Miller who is having a pretty solid season considering the lack of production his team is giving him.
The Canucks were one of the league’s surprise teams to start the season as they got off to a fast start and looked as though they were going to prove their naysayers wrong but they hit a hard dose of reality and are looking like they will fall well short of the Western Conference playoffs. Vancouver does have a nice, young core led by Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen but the transition into rebuild will likely come with the Sedin’s heading out of town and while they have been an instrumental part of the Canucks franchise and will likely go down as two of the all time Vancouver greats, I think it is time for this team to move in a new direction. Vancouver has been strong at home as 18 of their wins have come at the Rogers Arena and against a New York side who has struggled on the road they could be in pretty good shape here.
The Isles are 6-2 in their last eight against a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last seven games following a win while the Canucks are winless in their last four home games and 2-5 in their last seven overall. New York can see a wild card spot in their sight line while the Canucks continue to fade and while Vancouver has been good at home I don’t see it happening here as the Isles continue their roll with another win.