Up first is the struggling Edmonton Oilers (15-30-9), who are coming off a win the previous night in New Jersey. The Oilers are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and are in the middle of a six game road trip. Edmonton has been without star forward Taylor Hall, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, and Benoit Pouliot. Ben Scrivens will also be out.
The oilers recalled forward Ryan Hamilton and goalie Richard Bachman.
The Islanders wrapped up a short three game trip on Sunday in Buffalo. They went 2-1-0 in those three games and snapped the three game losing streak they had been on leading up to the trip.
"I think our mojo is back a bit," Ryan Strome said after the Isles morning skate in Syosset. "I think if you see the attitude today. It's definitely a lot better winning two of three and playing three solid games. Rather than losing three in a row, so I think we like where we're at. A couple guys have stepped up the last couple of games and we've really had contributions from different guys."
Contributions included goals from Colin McDonald on Sunday -- his first game since being called up by the Islanders --and Mikhail Grabovski scoring goals in two of the last three games. Anders Lee has also been a big contributor for the Islanders.
The Islanders have had a lot of success at home this season and head coach Jack Capuano wants the team to use that to their advantage with a long home stand ahead.
"I know we have home games and our guys know that, but it's about Edmonton tonight," he said. "It's about setting a tone for that home stand that we have. Making sure that we play the Islander way, doing the right things at the right time and clock management. Feeding off our crowd and getting the energy in that building."
Anders Lee-John Tavares-Josh Bailey
Mikhail Grabovski-Frans Nielsen-Ryan Strome
Harry Zolnierczyk-Brock Nelson-Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Colin McDonald
Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Brian Strait-Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey-Lubomir Visnovsky