New York Islanders (32-23-11) 75 Pts @ St. Louis Blues (34-27-5) 73 Pts
When: March 11th, 2107
Where: Scottrade Center
Time: 8PM EST
TV: MSG+ (Brendan Burke, Butch Goring)
Radio: AM 970, 88.7FM – WRHU, 103.9FM – LI News (Chris King, Greg Picker)
The end of the Islanders’ franchise-long nine-game road trip has finally arrived. The Isles will take on the Blued this evening before they return home to play Carolina on Monday.
St. Louis comes into the games having gone 5-5-0 in their last 10, but winners of their last three. They are in virtually the same position as the Islanders. They are in the second Wild Card spot, they have more ROW than everyone else, and every point counts. They are three points ahead of the Kings for that last playoff berth, and five points behind Calgary for the first Wild Card.
For the Isles, they are coming off an exhausting, yet rewarding victory in Vancouver. They look to end the trip on a high note. A 6-2-1 trip would be beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. 5-3-1 would not be bad, but the Isles are looking for more.
The lineup stays the same tonight, with Thomas Greiss in goal. Only change is on defense. Scott Mayfield will draw in the lineup for Adam Pelech, and get a chance to play in his hometown. The 24-year-old Isles’ rookie is understandably excited about coming home.
“You always mark this one on the calendar. It’s pretty special,” Mayfield said. “I’ve been to plenty of games here so now playing here will be exciting.”
“It’s the right thing to do,” Coach Doug Weight said of playing Mayfield in his hometown. “He’s been playing great. It’s not a choice of the heart – you want to make those at times to support your team – but total trust in Scotty. He’s played really well and taken a step this year as a pro.”
Carter Hutton will start in goal for the Blues. Hutton is the backup to Jake Allen, and has started just three times since the end of January. In those three games, he has given up a combined one goal. So, it’s not like the Isles will have it easy.
Puck drops shortly after 8 PM. This is the last game of the season in Standard Time. Just thought I would throw that out there.
Here are some facts and figures about the road trip:
- The Islanders visited nine different cities, and ten if you count them coming back home after the first leg of the trip.
- From the start of the trip to their touchdown in St. Louis tonight, the Isles will have traveled approximately 9.505 miles (that includes the trip home after the Columbus game)
- Flying home after the game will be another 955 miles, bringing the grand total to well over 10,000 miles.
- There have been 18 days between the first game in Detroit, and the last game in St. Louis.
- The last time the Islanders were home for a game was February 19th.
- The next game is March 13th. That is 22 days between home games.
- You think that’s bad? In 2010, with the Winter Olympics in town, Vancouver went on a 14-game, 13-city, 42-day voyage that saw them travel 12,885 miles.
- It was eight games before the Olympic Break, six games after. They went an astounding 8-5-1.
- Tonight’s game is the third of four games in four different time zones.
- The Isles are 12-15-5 on the road.
- Every other Islanders’ game aside from Nashville on April 4th will be in the Eastern Time Zone.
- The longest part of the road trip was the 2,296 mile journey from Vancouver to St. Louis.
- The shortest was 186 miles between Calgary and Edmonton.