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Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
When: Saturday, February 1st at 1:00 PM EST
How (TV/Radio): ESPN+, New York Islanders TV/Radio: SNY, ESPN NY 1050 AM. Vancouver TV/Radio: Sportsnet Vancouver, Sportsnet 650 AM.
The Canucks are just eight points behind St. Louis for the top spot in the Western Conference at 62 points, tied with Colorado for 2nd place. Vancouver is 12-13-1 on the road this season, with a plus-18 goal differential. The Canucks stand at +1000 to take the Western Conference and +2000 to win the Stanley Cup.
The New York Islanders are just two points away from dropping out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture as their 63 points are good for 5th place. The Islanders are 15-7-3 at home this season but are watching their goal differential sink to just plus-11 this season. The New York Islanders are holding at +2000 to win the Eastern Conference and +4000 to win the Stanley Cup in June.
Markstrom was fantastic in his last start, saving 38 of 40 shots against San Jose in a 5-2 Vancouver win on Wednesday night.
Varlamov has lost his last four starts and could have lost the starting job to the backup Greiss.
Vancouver posted the 10th highest scoring average in January, scoring 3.27 goals per game against the 2.96 they’ve allowed.
The New York Islanders are 21st in scoring this month, netting 2.86 goals per game, while allowing 2.65 goals per contest.
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