After successfully downing the New York Rangers 5-2 Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators (31-12-7, 69 pts) will fly up North to take another bite of the “Big Apple” when the New York Islanders play host to them Monday night.
Much like their bitter cross-town rivals, the Isles are on the outside looking in in the Eastern Conference Playoff race, 6th in the Metropolitan Division at (26-22-5, 57 pts), yet in the hunt for a Wild Card spot, a hair behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the final spot.
The Isles are mostly healthy, except for the long absence of left winger Nikolay Kulemin, who had surgery after suffering an upper-body injury in a contest vs. the Edmonton Oilers on November 7, 2017, and defenseman Johnny Boychuk who is near return after suffering a lower-body injury.
The Islanders are coming off a 4-3 win over Columbus, after having rallied late down 3-2. The Isles are dead last in goals allowed this season at 192, which favors the Predators who are 11th in the league in goals scored at 156. However, the last meeting with the Islanders was the other way around, with New York drubbing Nashville 6-2 at Bridgestone Arena on October 28, 2017.
The Preds hope for a victory to split the series, as Monday’s match is the final meeting of the season with the Islanders.