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National Hockey League
NY Islanders at Chicago
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The New York Islanders have ascended to the top of the Metropolitan Division due in large part to a stifling defense that has yielded two goals or fewer in nine of their last 12 outings -- and in each contest of their five-game winning streak. The Islanders bid to continue their stingy ways and match a season-high winning streak Tuesday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

Robin Lehner earned NHL First Star of the Week honors after turning aside 65 of 67 shots to win all three of his starts, including New York's 3-0 win against Anaheim on Sunday. "The last three games have been amazing -- Jersey, Washington, we have really suffocated them," said the 27-year-old Swede, who has won 11 of his last 12 games and leads the league with a slim 2.02 goals-against average. The Islanders have won a season-high six in a row on the road heading into Tuesday's tilt versus Chicago, which did the first-place club a favor on Sunday by snapping its five-game skid with an 8-5 win over Washington. Captain Jonathan Toews registered his sixth career hat trick and his five-point performance versus the Capitals matched NHL Third Star of the Week Patrick Kane, who scored two goals and set up three others.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, MSG-Plus (New York), WGN (Chicago)

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (29-15-4): Cal Clutterbuck boosted his goal total to four in his last five games after recording his sixth career two-goal performance on Sunday and first since Jan. 4, 2018 at Philadelphia. "It's nice," the 31-year-old Clutterbuck said. "It was kind of a snakebit start to the year, even from halfway through last year I couldn't seem to find the back of the net, so it's nice to breakthrough here." Defenseman Devon Toews, who notched an assist on Clutterbuck's first goal Sunday, knocked home a rebound at 1:48 into overtime to lift New York to a 3-2 win over Chicago on Jan. 3.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (17-24-9): Toews was pleased with coach Jeremy Colliton's decision to be reunited with Kane on a line, and the proof was in the pudding on Sunday. "I know what he likes and how he likes to play and vice versa," the 30-year-old Toews said. "I think we can complement each other well. Obviously Kaner's been playing with a ton of confidence, so for me it was just go out there and make his life easier and get him the puck and get to open areas." Kane, who leads the team in goals (29), assists (41) and points (70), scored in the first contest versus New York to begin his current eight-game point streak (seven goals, 13 assists).


1. New York has scored first in each of the last six games.

2. Chicago RW Alex DeBrincat has seven goals and an assist in his last seven contests.

3. Islanders LW Josh Bailey had an assist on Sunday to lift his point total to six (three goals, three assists) in his last seven games.

PREDICTION: Islanders 4, Blackhawks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
NY Islanders 29-15-1-3 W5 14-7-1-2 15-8-0-1 5-2-0-0 24-13-1-3 13-5-0-1
Chicago 17-24-8-1 W1 9-10-5-1 8-14-3-0 2-3-1-0 15-21-7-1 9-4-3-0
Last Meeting
NY Islanders Chicago
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/3/19 CHI 2 NYI 3 (OT) 50 19 1-2 21 47 1-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 2
Chicago E. Gustafsson 1
Goals Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 2
Chicago D. Kahun 1
Assists Player  
NY Islanders J. Bailey 1
Chicago E. Gustafsson 1
Saves Player  
NY Islanders R. Lehner 19
Chicago C. Delia 47
Total Points Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 52
Chicago P. Kane 75
Goals Player  
NY Islanders A. Lee 22
Chicago P. Kane 31
Assists Player  
NY Islanders M. Barzal 39
Chicago P. Kane 44
Saves Player  
NY Islanders R. Lehner 749
Chicago C. Crawford 651
Quickchart Matchup
NY Islanders Off vs  Chicago Def
2.98 GF
3.74 GA
28.1 Shots
35 Shots
24 PP
38 PK
Chicago Off vs  NY Islanders Def
3.06 GF
2.42 GA
31.2 Shots
30.3 Shots
29 PP
28 PK