7:00 PM ET, October 22, 2013
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
New York Islanders captain John Tavares didn’t mince words after his team’s latest loss in order to hide his frustration stemming from the Islanders slump.
The 23 year-old and several YouWager bettors aren’t quite happy the Islanders will have to try to bounce back without two of their top contributors: injured defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and suspended forward Michael Grabner.
Tavares assisted on Matt Moulson’s goal in the second period Saturday versus the Carolina Hurricanes, but the Islanders (3-3-2) lost 4-3 after falling behind by three goals.
New York is 1-3-1 in their last five — all one-goal games.
Without Visnovsky and Grabner things won’t be easy tonight when New York meets the Vancouver Canucks. Visnovsky was placed on injured reserve just yesterday after suffering a concussion versus Carolina, and Grabner’s illegal check to the head of Nathan Gerbe landed him a two-game suspension.
Thomas Hickey, who is Visnovsky’s regular defensive partner, stated each player simply needs to focus on their own game.
The Islanders look to snap out of its funk versus the Canucks, which are making their fifth stop on a season-high seven-game road trip.
Vancouver (5-4-1) won the first two contests before falling 4-3 in a shootout versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday and 3-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. Henrik Sedin scored in the second period versus Columbus to snap the Canucks’ seven-game drought without a power-play goal, but it couldn’t create many other opportunities.
According to the NHL live wagering lines, these teams haven’t met since Sedin and Moulson each scored in Vancouver’s 4-1 home win Nov. 13, 2011.