Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils 2/16/13

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils 2\/16\/13
Isles face Devils at home for the third and final time this season
New York Islanders
5-7-1 (11 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
1-5-0 home
New Jersey Devils
9-2-3 (21 points – 1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
3-1-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-2-0)
The Islanders and Devils have already met three times this season, with the road team winning each matchup. The last time the teams met was on Feb. 3, when Johan Hedberg made 22 saves in a 3-0 Devils win. The game was scoreless with four minutes left to play in the third, but the Devils surged late and added an empty netter in the closing seconds to secure victory.

Feb. 3, 2013: NJD 3, NYI 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Devils player to watch
Patrik Elias - Left Wing
At 36 years old, Patrik Elias is putting together one of the best seasons of his 17-year career with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 13 games. The Islanders have held the Trebic, Czech Republic native to just one helper in three games, but he has shown the ability to make teams pay in a big way, posting four three-point games already this season.
 
Islanders Storylines
•John Tavares has lit the lamp in four consecutive games, and has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his last nine games
•Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored in the shootout to help the Islanders beat the Rangers Thursday. The Islanders are 1-0 in the shootout this season
•Thursday’s game will be the seventh consecutive game the Islanders have played in New York State. The team will play one more at home before heading to Ottawa to face the Senators on Feb. 19.
The Matchup
Islanders
25.0 (13/52)
88.1 (37/42)
40
46
3-6-1

 
  

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

  


Devils
20.7% (12/58)
82.8% (53/64)
40
31
6-2-2
 
 
  

New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 36 Eric Boulton
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
3 Travis Hamonic - 37 Brian Strait
52 Joe Finley - 2 Mark Streit

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
New Jersey Devils projected lines
Forwards
17 Ilya Kovalchuk - 19 Travis Zajac - 12 Alexei Ponikarovsky
26 Patrik Elias - 14 Adam Henrique - 23 David Clarkson
18 Steve Bernier - 20 Ryan Carter - 11 Stephen Gionta
22 Krystopher Barch - 16 Jacob Jasefson - 9 Bobby Butler

Defensemen
24 Bryce Salvador - 29 Mark Fayne
5 Adam Larsson - 6 Andy Greene
2 Marek Zidlicky - 28 Anton Volchenkov

Goaltenders
30 Martin Brodeur
1 Johan Hedberg

What's Happening at the Coliseum

•Red Cross Blood Drive 10am – 4pm (Enter Through Box Office)
Boat Show in Expo Center 11am – 8pm
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
Team Store Offer – Purchase $100 and receive NYI Fleece OR purchase $150 and receive 2 tickets to select upcoming game
Chuck-A-Puck
50/50 Raffle
Hockey Weekend Across America – Youth Hockey Players wear Jersey to the Game
Visit Group Sales Table for Special Raffles

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 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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