EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – It is another must win game for the Islanders with the Nashville Predators in town on Monday night.
The Islanders sit two points back of the final wild card spot following Saturday tough loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. The loss allowed Boston to jump out of a tie with the Islanders in the standings and into possession of the playoff spot.
Now New York must be victorious against Nashville with the season coming down to the wire. The Islanders also have the Tampa Bay Lighting nipping at their heels.
“We’re in the position we’re in, so every game is huge,” Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight said. “Every point is huge, so we have to address today as a playoff game. We have to play with pace and play hungry.”
Thomas Greiss will be back in the net again for the Islanders on Monday night, while Alan Quine rejoins the lineup up front in place of Shane Prince. Thomas Hickey will also be back in the lineup on the defensive end in Scott Mayfield’s spot.
The Islanders have not seen Nashville yet this season, so there is a bit of an unknown factor with the Predators. The Islanders are 4-2-0 against Nashville in their last six meetings and were victorious in their previous showdown in Brooklyn back on October 15, 2015.
With the importance of Monday’s game, the team has already pushed past their 2-1 loss to Boston on Saturday.
“Tough loss, but at this point in the year there is no time to dwell on the losses,” Andrew Ladd said. “You have to move forward and find a way to get excited about tonight.”
John Tavares added: “Still obviously enough games left for use to put ourselves in a position to be in the playoffs.”