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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Greg Picker
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Isles take on the Maple Leafs for the second time this season
New York Islanders
8-11-1 (17 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
2-8-0 home
Toronto Maple Leafs
12-9-0 (24 points - 4th in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
8-4-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

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


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders and Maple Leafs met at Air Canada Centre in Toronto back on Jan 24. After trailing 3-1 at the end of the first period, the Isles stormed back to win 7-4. Michael Grabner led the way with two goals and an assist, including a shorthanded tally, which sealed the victory. Evgeni Nabokov made 39 saves on 43 shots to earn the win.

Jan. 24, 2013: NYI 7, TOR 4 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Maple Leafs player to watch
Nazem Kadri - Center
The seventh overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft now looks to be sticking around in the NHL. After a couple of seasons shuffling between the Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate, Kadri leads the Leafs with 18 points in 21 games and is a huge piece of the puzzle that has Toronto fans talking about the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
 
Islanders Storylines
•Thursday’s game against Toronto is the third of a seven-game home stand. The Islanders are 0-2-0 so far.
•Thursday will mark the first visit by a Canadian team to the Coliseum this season. The Isles have played four games north of the border so far this year, compiling a 2-1-1 record.
The Islanders hope to keep the winning streak against Toronto in tact. The Isles have won each of their previous two matches against the Leafs and have earned at least one point in three straight.
The Matchup
Islanders
23.5% (19/81)
84.9% (62/73)
56
68
4-6-0
    

 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 
  
Maple Leafs
16.5% (14/85)
81.7% (58/71)
59
51
6-4-0
 
 
 
 
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 – 16 Marty Reasoner – 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Toronto Maple Leafs projected lines
Forwards
16 Clarke MacArthur – 43 Nazem Kadri - 28 Colton Orr
41 Nikolai Kulemin – 84 Mikhail Grabovski - 47 Leo Komarov
21 James van Riemsdyk  – 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel
38 Frazier McLaren – 11 Jay McClement - 18 Mike Brown

Defensemen
3 Dion Phaneuf - 55 Korbinian Holzer
53 Michael Kostka – 36 Carl Gunnarsson
4 Cody Franson - 45  Mark Fraser

Goaltenders
34 James Reimer
30 Ben Scrivens

What's Happening at the Coliseum

•Doors Open at 5:45pm
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 20% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive a special gift)
Team Store Offer: Spend $100 and receive a NY Islanders fleece, or spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game
50/50 Raffle
Chuck-A-Puck
St. Patrick’s Jersey Auction
Sticks and Steaks Event

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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