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Islanders vs. Capitals - game preview

Islanders looking for two big points against conference opponent

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 5:57 PM ET / News
By Jesse D. Eisenberg
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Islanders vs. Capitals - game preview
Team Record: 28-31-10
Last Game: 4-3 OTL @ NYR
Season Series: 2-0-1
Team Record: 35-28-6
Last Game: 2-0 W vs TOR
Season Series: 1-2-0 of 6
Travis Hamonic
Comprising one half of the Islanders top shut-down defensive pairing, Travis Hamonic has averaged over 22 minutes a game across from his partner, Andrew MacDonald. The 21-year old leads all Islanders with a plus-6 rating this season and leads all Isles defensemen with 2:18 of shorthanded time on ice per game.

Hamonic has also chipped in offensively this season, notching his second career two-point night Sunday against the Rangers with a pair of assists. The smooth skater has taken more liberties in the offensive zone of late, often chasing his own dump-ins below the enemy goal line and plowing through opposing defensemen.
Dennis Wideman
A seven-year NHL veteran in his second season with the Capitals, defenseman Dennis Wideman leads Washington with 33 assists and ranks second on the club with 43 points this season. He is three goals and four assists shy of equaling his career highs in each category, both set during his 2008-09 50-point season with the Boston Bruins.

Wideman enters action tonight on a four-game assist streak, which has helped the Capitals to a 3-0-1 record. Only two NHL defensemen have more points this season (Erik Karlsson – 69, Brian Campbell – 44) than the Capitals leader in time on ice per game.
Points Leader: John Tavares is one point shy of his career high of 67, set last season. He is four points shy of becoming the first Islander to record at least 70 points in a season since Alexei Yashin had 75 in 2001-02. Tavares is on pace for 78 points this season, which would be the highest Islanders total since Zigmund Palffy had 87 in 1997-98.

Goals Leader: Islanders leading goal scorer Matt Moulson is one goal shy of his third-consecutive 30-goal season. Zigmund Palffy was the last Islander to accomplish that feat (1995-96 to 1997-98). Moulson has already posted career highs in assists (29) and points (58). He is two goals shy of tying his career high in goals (31).

Assists Leader: PA Parenteau has 46 assists this season – the most by any Islander since Pierre Turgeon had 56 in 1993-94. Only four players in the NHL (Henrik Sedin, Claude Giroux, Erik Karlsson and Joe Thornton) have more assists this season.
Alex Ovechkin completed a late Washington comeback as the Capitals beat the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. Josh Bailey and Matt Moulson put the Islanders up 2-0, until 16:31 of the third period, when Troy Brouwer scored the first of two goals in 3:03 to send the game to overtime.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Capitals.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
Casey Cizikas 3/10 Flu 2
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 33  10 weeks
Mark Eaton 3/11 back strain 1 No timetable
Matt Martin 3/8 flu 2
Montoya 2/29 Upper body 6 No timetable
Islanders
Power play: 18.0%
Penalty kill: 80.5%
Home record: 15-15-5
Road record: 13-16-5
Goals For: 160
Goals Against: 206
Capitals
Power play: 13.8%
Penalty kill: 86.9%
Home record: 23-10-3
Road record: 12-18-3
Goals For: 184
Goals Against: 193




Answer from Sunday's question: Matt Moulson scored the shootout winner against the Rangers in the rivals' most recent shootout, Feb. 24. Who scored the winner in the Islanders-Rangers first shootout? Miroslav Satan. Satan’s goal was the first-ever shootout goal for an Islander, en route to the franchise’s first shootout win on Oct. 19, 2005.
Jack Capuano announced after a full team skate this morning that PA Parenteau is out with an upper body injury and that seven D would warm up. Here are the forward lines: Moulson-Tavares-Okposo; Grabner-Nielsen-Bailey; Ullstrom-Cizikas-Niederreiter; Martin-Reasoner-Pandolfo. Evgeni Nabokov will be in net. 

Capitals Expected Lineups
Forwards: Johansson-Laich-Ovechkin

Chimera-Perreault-Semin
Hendricks-Beagle-Troy Brouwer
Knuble-Aucoin-Ward

Defensemen: Alzner-Carlson
Schultz-Wideman
Orlov-Hamrlik

Goaltenders:
Vokoun, Neuvirth

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano on the team’s struggling penalty kill: "We lost the game in New Jersey on the Kovalchuk goal, which was on the power play, we lost the other night (against New Jersey) on the power play and tonight we didn’t help ourselves – we gave them three. Three goals out of the four (total). You’re not going to win many games like that."


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 9 6 5 0 11
K. Okposo 9 1 6 0 7
F. Nielsen 9 3 2 -1 5
B. Nelson 9 1 4 -4 5
T. Hickey 9 1 4 -4 5
A. Quine 9 1 4 0 5
S. Prince 9 3 1 1 4
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
N. Leddy 9 1 3 3 4
C. Clutterbuck 9 2 1 -1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 4 1 .930 2.34
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