The New York Islanders (1-1-0) welcome the San Jose Sharks (0-4-0), who will be hoping to halt their losing run, at UBS Arena on Tuesday. San Jose is playing their first of five games on the road coming off a 5-2 loss against the Blackhawks on Saturday, their fourth straight defeat. Erik Karlsson and Nico Sturm both scored once for the Sharks. Karlsson added an assist to lead the team in scoring. Kaapo Kahkonen only had 20 saves on 25 shots against (.800%) in the loss. New York beat the Ducks 7-1 on Saturday. Scott Mayfield and Robin Salo both scored twice for the Islanders. Ilya Sorokin was impressive in the win, making 22 saves (.956%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Sharks won both games between the teams last season, including a 4-3 (SO) victory in their final meeting in February. Tomas Hertl led San Jose with two points (0G 2A). James Reimer got the win, saving 44 of 47 shots (.936%).
San Jose is averaging 1.50 goals per game so far this season, 31st in the NHL, and they are taking on an Islanders team that is allowing 2.00 goals a game (6th). Meanwhile, New York has found the net 4.00 times a game on average, seventh in the league, and the Sharks are allowing opponents to score 3.50 goals per game (20th).
With three points apiece so far this season, Karlsson (1G 2A) and Mario Ferraro (0G 3A) are the top skaters for the Sharks. In the net, Reimer (0-2-0) is San Jose’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.56 GAA and a .924% save percentage. Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal lead the Islanders in scoring on the season with three points apiece. Both have three assists in two games. Sorokin (1-1-0) is the top goalie for New York with a goals against average of 1.53. He has a save percentage of .941%.
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