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Sharks 0, Islanders 4: Sharks shutout in Lehner’s debut

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08: Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of the San Jose Sharks checks Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders into the boards during the second period at the Barclays Center on October 08, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Well, that game happened.

The Islanders’ fourth line drove the game, the Sharks have yet to score on the power play this season and to top it all off, there’s another game tomorrow night.

The Sharks “fancy-statted the [snot] out of them and just couldn’t buy a goal,” as Kyle put it in the Fear the Fin Slack channel. At 5-on-5, the Sharks had a 62.65 Corsi-for percentage (via Natural Stat Trick).

Especially in the early stages, the Sharks were getting the majority of their shots between the circles. The Sharks also won the majority of the faceoffs: 61 percent through all situations.

Sharks will have to hope things go right for them tomorrow night in Philadelphia. They did the right things to win today and just couldn’t pull one out.

Preview

Good morning, Sharks fans!

Thanks to Columbus Day, then NHL has three games starting early today, with two of them including Pacific Division teams because why not? Can’t imagine anyone in Bay or Vegas minds waking up for a 10 a.m. puck drop on a Monday because of holiday that no one gets off anymore, right?

The good news may be that you won’t be missing much if you choose to sleep in. Lou’s new New York Islanders are without John Tavares and their stock has dropped significantly since these teams last met on October 21, 2017.

If anything, the note-worthy part of this game will be seeing how San Jose stacks up without Joe Thornton.

Puck drop is at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. on NBCS-CA, with a radio call on 98.5 KFOX. This is also the free game of the day on NHL.tv.

Lines

Bad news, folk. Top line Karlsson has made a return. Yeah, that one.

Martin Jones will be starting in net, even though Dell has traditionally taken starts against the Islanders.

We don’t have the Islanders lines for sure yet, but Robin Lehner will be making his debut in net. Here are the practice lines from yesterday:

Check back at puck drop for live reactions to today’s game.

First Period

17:55: First threat from the Islanders by their fourth line. Donskoi helped out with the backcheck before Jones covered.

14:51: Barclay Goodrow hit by Brendon Dillon’s shot as he tried to screen Robin Lehner. Appears Goodrow is staying on the bench.

13:11: NBCSports Cali noting that Karlsson has played a lot. I think he’s good, y’all. Where’d he come from again?

12:00: Kane to the box for slashing Cizikas. First penalty of the game.

11:30: Jones glove save, tracked the pass from goal-line to right circle well.

I want to get $100,000 for hockey players doing their scoring-goals job...

8:41: Power play Sharks! Tom Kuhnhackl in the box.

6:35: Islanders kill, even with Filppula down a stick for most of the two minutes. Sharks got good zone time though.

5:32: Mat Barzal draws a penalty on Pavelski. Second penalty kill for the Sharks.

4:57: Jones with another glove save. Islanders had good movement again but Jones was square.

3:04: Pipe saves the Sharks on the glove side.

END FIRST: Islanders 0, Sharks 0.

Second Period

17:48: Rushes for both teams but not much sustained zone time. Mayfield to the box after he shoved Kane into the net away from the play. Sharks should get some zone time now.

13:16: Sharks to go on the power play following the commercial timeout.

11:43: Islanders penalty kill looking better with each penalty they take. This was a very very bad PK team last year.

8:45: HUGE blunder by the Isles and great luck for the Sharks. Jones was down and Pelech passed away from the open net.

7:14: Second penalty of the game to Kane.

5:27: Islanders goal. Lee got the rebound in front. Sorensen had been without a stick for about half a minute, allowing the Isles to pass through the middle.

END SECOND: Islanders 1, Sharks 0. Could have been worse but certainly could have gone better. Kane needs to not take any more penalties.

Third Period

19:33: Meier receives a great pass in front of Lehner but doesn’t get a shot off.

Looks like DeBoer changed the lines a bit: Labanc now with Meier and Pavelski, Donskoi with Couture and Hertl. No more top-line Karlsson.

14:44: Islanders score with a delayed penalty, Mayfield on a deflection. Both teams have been going to the net this game; only the Isles finding success with it.

9:50: Labanc boards Boychuk. Islanders power play again.

NBC Sports Cali noted that the last time the Sharks didn’t score on the Isles was...February of 2003.

7:30: The Sharks failing to score on a 3-on-1 just about sums it up.

6:58: Isles fourth line goal from Matt Martin. Wasn’t picked up by a defender and had the whole net to shoot on.

4:35: Jones to the bench for an extra attacker. Why not?

2:38: Clutterbuck for interference. A little lifeline for the Sharks perhaps?

0:55.6: Short-handed empty-net fourth-line goal by the Islanders. Bad, bad, bad.

FINAL: Islanders 4, Sharks 0. Stick taps to Lehner for a 35-save shutout, his 9th in the NHL.