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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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