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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (17-13-3) vs. Columbus (13-18-3)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) In their only meeting this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Islanders tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

It's been more than one year since the Islanders last faced the Blue Jackets on December 8, 2005. The Islanders traveled to Columbus, but lost 4-3 in the shootout. David Vyborny scored the lone goal in the extra session.

Columbus has had its troubles this year, sporting a 13-18-3 record. Their leading scorer, Vyborny has 30 points in 34 games. The team suffered when their top offensive defenseman, Duvie Westcott, went down with a serious injury, but he's returned to the lineup to help bolster the power play.

The netminding in Columbus has been split between sophomore Pascal Leclaire and rookie Fredrik Norrena.

In the past four games, the Blue Jackets have alternated wins and losses. Their latest game was a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Rick Nash scored the game-winner late in the third period. Leclaire left the game early with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Norrena.

This is the Islanders' last game before the holiday break. They return to action on the 26th when they play host to the Rangers in their first of four meetings at the Coliseum.

This will be the sixth time the Islanders play games on consecutive nights. They are 5-0-0 in the second games.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130, while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY 2.


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:

Islanders 37 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Columbus - 29 points, 4th place, Central Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 19 goals, 36 points; Alexei Yashin, 19 assists; Brendan Witt, 68 PIM.
Columbus Rick Nash, 13 goals; David Vyborny, 23 assists, 30 points; Alexander Svitov, 62 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 17.2 percent. Penalty killing: 78.9 percent.
Columbus - Power play: 16.2 percent. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (14-10-1, 2.90 GAA, .910 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-3-2, 2.83, .916).
Columbus Pascal Leclaire (6-12-2, 2.97, .900); Fredrik Norrena (7-6-1, 2.82, .903).

2005-06 SERIES:
Islanders, 1 point Columbus, 2 points

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Islanders
9-6-2 at home
Columbus 6-10-1 on the road


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
44 Freddy Meyer

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon 
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
33 Eric Boguniecki
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


COLUMBUS
Goaltenders
31 Pascal Leclaire
30 Fredrik Norrena

Defensemen
2   Anders Eriksson
6   Ron Hainsey  
10 Duvie Westcott
44 Aaron Johnson
52 Adam Foote  
55 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
97 Rostislav Klesla  

Forwards
9   David Vyborny
13 Nikolai Zherdev
16 Alexander Svitov
17 Gilbert Brule  
25 Jason Chimera
27 Manny Malhotra
33 Fredrik Modin
45 Jody Shelley
49 Dan  Fritsche
61 Rick Nash
77 Anson Carter  
91 Sergei Fedorov

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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