After dropping a tough game to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, the Islanders will try to right the ship tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.
The Islanders (39-20-2) did not play a bad game on Sunday and Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said that he was happy with the effort. Capuano said he would even take another performance like the one the Isles had on Sunday.
"We dominated the game," he explained. We played extremely well. We just had a couple power play goals that had eyes... Overall we just have to maintain in how we do things."
Arizona (20-33-7) enters tonight's game on a six-game losing streak, which includes losses to the New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lighting and New York Rangers. The shutout loss in New Jersey is the most recent one, occurring last night at Prudential Center.
The Coyotes fell to the Islanders earlier in the season. On November 8, the Islanders defeated the Yotes 1-0 off a third period goal by Frans Nielsen. The Isles are 2-2-1 in their last five games against Arizona dating back to the 2010-11 season.
The visitors from Arizona sit second to last in both the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. However, the Coyotes boast the fifth best power play (21.6 %) in the National Hockey League.
Special teams has been a struggle for the Isles this season -- they went 0-for-4 and allowed two power play goals against in their previous game.
The Islanders utilized Monday for off-ice meetings and to allow the players to recuperate after a tough five games in seven days stretch.
"We had a nice day off yesterday," Matt Martin said. "It's good to get some rest and hopefully capitalize on a team that played last night."
Mike Smith will start in net for Arizona, while Chad Johnson will get the nod for the Islanders.
The Islanders announced earlier in the day that they had re-signed defenseman Nick Leddy to a seven-year deal.