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Islanders @ Maple Leafs - Game previews

Islanders look for back-to-back wins

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 12:32 AM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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Islanders @ Maple Leafs - Game previews
Team Record: 29-32-11
Last Game: 3-2 SOW @ MTL
Season Series: 0-2-1 of 4
Team Record: 32-33-8
Last Game: 8-0 @ BOS
Season Series: 3-0-0 of 4
Frans Nielsen
The Danish forward had two points - a goal and an assist - in Saturday night's 3-2 shootout win in Montreal. His second period goal was his 14th of the season, setting a new career high, and it gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead. He also scored in the shootout - not using the "Danish backhad of judgement", but instead going five-hole on Peter Budaj.

Nielsen is a shootout specialist for sure. He is 22 of 37 (59.5%) in career shootout attempts and the top SO man in history. He has scored on six of his 10 attempts this season.
Phil Kessel
Headed into Monday night's game in Boston, the Maple Leafs leading scorer is fourth in the league in points with 75 and third in goals with 35, which is one short of his career high. He's certainly had hot hands this year and his point total as of Monday is his career best with 10 games left to play.

The Leafs are in 12th place in the East with 72 points, and like the Islanders, not out of the playoffs. With four points in the last four games, Kessel could be heating up again to lead the Leafs to the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04.
Hot d-men: Eric Hornick notes in the Skinny that in the last four games, at least one defenseman earned a point on each goal (11 goals total). Mark Streit leads all Islanders defensemen with 40 points (6g/34a). He's fourth on the team in scoring.
 
Top 10: On Monday, John Tavares was 10th in scoring in the NHL with 70 points. This season he has 40 of his 70 points on home ice.
 
Showing his stuff: 
JT is on the verge of making more Islanders history. With one more point, he will be one of only three players in Islanders history have recorded at least 71 points at age 21 or younger. All have banners hanging at the Coliseum: Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin. (Hornick)
Clarke MacArthur scored the game-winner at 2:06 of overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Islanders 4-3 on Jan. 24 at Nassau Coliseum. PA Parenteau scored an unassisted goal with 13 seconds remaining to force OT while John Tavares and Josh Bailey rounded out the scoring for the Isles. Mikhail Grabovski led the Leafs with a goal and three assists while Jake Gardiner and MacArthur accounted for the other Toronto goals.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Maple Leafs.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 36  10 weeks
Islanders
Power play: 18.52%
Penalty kill: 80.86%
Home record: 15-16-6
Road record: 14-16-5
Goals For: 169
Goals Against: 216
Maple Leafs
Power play: 19.41%
Penalty kill: 77.1%
Home record: 16-13-6
Road record: 16-20-2
Goals For: 208
Goals Against: 227




Answer from Saturday's question: Which French-Canadian NHL star was the last Islanders player to score a hat trick in Montreal? The answer is: Mike Bossy. The Montreal native scored three hat tricks in his hometown, the last coming on November 1, 1984, when he netted four of the Islanders five goals in a 6-5 overtime loss.
Evgeni Nabokov will start tonight. HEre are the forward lines: Moulson-Tavares-Okposo; Bailey-Nielsen-Parenteau; Grabner-Cizikas-Ullstrom; Niederreiter-Reasoner-Martin. Seven D will warm up.

Maple Leafs Expected Lineups
Forwards:
MacArthur-Bozak-Kessel
Connolly-Steckel-Crabb
Ashton-Grabovski-Frattin
Lombardi-Armstrong-Rosehill

Defensemen:
Phaneuf-Gunnarsson
Komisarek-Liles
Schenn-Gardiner

Goaltenders:
Gustavsson; Reimer


Jack Capuano on the Isles OT win in Montreal on Saturday: "In particular, some of those guys they blocked shots, they paid the price, they sacrificed, they joined when they had to join so we could get some odd-man rushes. Overall it was a good team effort...It's a good win when you win in this building.”



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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