New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 1st 2022

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The New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks achieved different results over the weekend while playing the two teams that finished last season with the most points in the Western Conference.

But the bottom line was the same: The Islanders and Blackhawks both might be better than expected this season.

Both teams will be looking to extend point streaks Tuesday night, when the Islanders are slated to visit the Blackhawks.




The Islanders are opening a three-game road trip after winning their third straight Saturday night, when New York scored five consecutive goals in a 5-4 comeback win over the Colorado Avalanche. The host Blackhawks earned a point for the second consecutive game Sunday, when they fell to the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout.

The win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche completed an impressive week for the Islanders, who blanked the rival New York Rangers 3-0 last Wednesday before they headed south to Carolina and never trailed in a 6-2 win over the Hurricanes on Friday. All three teams made the playoffs last season.

It was a doubly timely winning streak for the Islanders, who entered the game against the Rangers 2-4-0 after only adding defenseman Alexander Romanov to a team that finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference last season, 16 points out of the last playoff spot.

"I think we're confident with those twins -- I think it only helps," said defenseman Scott Mayfield, who scored the game-tying goal with 9:21 left Saturday night -- 17 seconds before Anthony Beauvillier put the Islanders ahead for good. "I think we know the guys in this room, too. We have confidence in here no matter how it's going."

The Blackhawks, whose 68 points last season were the third-fewest in the Western Conference, were expected to contend for the No. 1 overall pick. They traded away their second- and eighth-leading scorers -- right winger Alex DeBrincat and center Kirby Dach -- to the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, respectively. Center Dylan Strome and left winger Dominik Kubalik, who ranked fourth and seventh on Chicago in scoring, also exited as free agents.

But the Blackhawks will enter Tuesday in sole possession of third place in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Avalanche, despite a three-game winless streak filled with plenty of teachable moments for a young team.

The Blackhawks won four straight games before squandering a trio of one-goal leads last Thursday and falling to the Edmonton Oilers, 6-5, on Leon Draisaitl's goal with 38 seconds left. Chicago had a two-goal third-period lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday and also led in the third period Saturday against the Wild, whose 113 points last season ranked behind only the Avalanche in the Western Conference.

"We have to make sure there's lessons learned early in the season that don't carry on through the season," first-year head coach Luke Richardson told reporters Sunday night. "If we get scored on or the other team gets scored on, I think we have to be the ones that dictate what goes on in the game."

--Field Level Media

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New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks Recap NOV 1TH 2022

Brock Nelson scored a goal and had an assist Tuesday night for the visiting New York Islanders, who continued their surge with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Anders Lee poked home a shot by Nelson in the first period and Zach Parise added an empty-netter with 13.1 seconds left in the third for the Islanders, who have won four straight. New York goalie Ilya Sorokin made 21 saves.

Jonathan Toews scored in the third period for the Blackhawks, who have lost four straight (0-2-2). Backup goalie Arvid Soderblom recorded 28 saves in relief of Alex Stalock, who stopped two shots before exiting following a collision with Islanders right winger Casey Cizikas 2:56 into the first.

Stalock turned back a point-blank backhand shot by Cizikas, who crashed into Stalock's head before the goalie fell back and appeared to hit his neck on the right post as the net came off its moorings.

The goalie remained motionless on the ice before being helped to the locker room. Cizikas was initially assigned a five-minute major penalty for interference before eventually receiving a game misconduct and getting ejected.

The remainder of the first period was increasingly chippy. The Blackhawks were whistled for three penalties, including a goalie interference call on Andreas Athanasiou for interfering with Sorokin.

The Islanders took advantage of their third power play -- generated when Jason Dickinson was penalized for cross-checking Nelson -- to take the lead late in the period. Soderblom turned back a shot by Kyle Palmieri, but Chicago defenseman Jake McCabe slipped as he tried to clear the puck. Nelson's shot went beneath the prone goalie and the puck trickled toward the goal line before Lee poked it across.

An impressive individual effort by Nelson helped the Islanders double their lead early in the third. Ross Johnston sent a clearing pass down the ice following a lengthy battle in the New York zone, and Nelson outraced the Blackhawks' Taylor Raddysh to collect the puck. Nelson skated up the right side and fired a shot over Soderblom's glove at the 7:23 mark.

New York's Cal Clutterbuck was whistled for interference to create the power play that led to Toews' goal just beyond the midway point of the final period. Toews redirected Caleb Jones' shot, which fluttered past Sorokin as he was screened by Raddysh and New York defenseman Scott Mayfield with 9:41 left.

The Blackhawks recorded a pair of shots after pulling Soderblom with about two minutes left before Parise iced the victory.

--Field Level Media

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