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New York Islanders vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Game preview

The Islanders look to recoup in the back end of a home and home before the All-Star break

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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New York Islanders vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Game preview
Capuano suggested last night there could be lineup changes. If he does change lines, they will be posted here after morning media availablity. Click here.

Maple Leafs (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: Lombardi-Bozak-Kessel; MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin; Lupul-Connolly-Kadri; Crabb-Steckel-Brown

Defensemen:
Phaneuf-Schenn; Gunnarsson-Komisarek; Gardiner-Franson

Goaltenders:
Reimer-Gustavsson

Team Record: 19-22-6
Last Game: 3-0 L @ TOR
Season Series: 0-2-0 of 4
Team Record: 24-19-5
Last Game: 3-0 W v NYI
Season Series: 2-0-0 of 4
Kyle Okposo
When Kyle Okposo moved to the top line with Matt Moulson and John Tavares on Dec. 29, he had 13 points in 35 games. In the 13 games since, he has 11 points (5g/6a).

All three players, when asked, will always credit their successful play to their linemates. In Okposo’s case, his play can definitely be correlated to Tavares’ recent NHL best 12-game point streak.

“Kyle is more of a power forward type guy,” Capuano said on Saturday before the Isles 2-1 OT win over Carolina. “When we decided to make that move, it only took a couple of games for us to notice that his size and speed open things up.”
Phil Kessel
At 8:10 of the second period on Monday, Kessel tied the lethal Penguin linemates James Neal and Evgeni Malkin for third in the NHL with 26 goals. 

His 25 assists give him a total of 51 points through 48 games. It looks like he is on pace to break his career high totals in points and assists from last season, his first after being traded from the Boston Bruins, when he had 64 points (34g/34a).
 
Kessel has been a force for the Leafs this season and is second on the team in scoring behind Joffrey Lupul who has 52 points (20g/32a).
Ended streaks – The Isles three-game win streak was snapped with last night's 3-0 loss to the Leafs. John Tavares’ 12-game point streak ended, as did Evgeni Nabokov’s four-game win streak.

Playoffs – The Leafs are tied with the Washington Capitals for the eighth spot in the east and the Islanders started Monday just two points off their pace in 2007, the last time they made the playoffs.

All Stars – Tonight is the last game for both teams before the All-Star break. John Tavares will make his first career All-Star appearance this weekend. The Leafs will send three representatives a few hours north to Ottawa: Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, and Joffrey Lupul. Together they have 131 points for the Leafs.

#themoreyouknow – The Isles penalty kill has been killer. They have stopped 34 of 35 chances when teams have been on the man advantage.
The Islanders spotted the Maple Leafs another early lead when they played Monday night. Matthew Lombardi opened the scoring at 1:37 and that’s all the Leafs needed. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 25 shots for his third shutout of the season while Phil Kessel and Lombardi tallied the Leafs last two goals. The loss ended John Tavares’s 12-game point streak and the Islanders three-game win streak.

Click the photo for gallery from last game
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 47 out indef. (IR)
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 11 10 weeks
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 12 No timetbl. (IR)
Reasoner 1/7 Broken hand 9 No timetbl. (IR)
Islanders
Power Play %: 19.46%
Penalty Kill %: 84.51%
Home Record: 11-11-3
Road Record: 8-10-3
Goals For: 109
Goals Against: 136
*Stats as of Monday
Maple Leafs
Power Play %: 20.12%
Penalty Kill %: 75%
Home Record: 13-8-4
Road Record: 10-11-1
Goals For: 141
Goals Against: 144
*Stats as of Monday

John Tavares to the throngs of media before him at Monday's morning skate: "This is what it's all about. These are the types of games we want to be playing in - meaningful games and being part of the race."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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