Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
|New York Islanders
8-11-1 (17 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
|Toronto Maple Leafs
12-9-0 (24 points - 4th in Northeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
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.
•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.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
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
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Toronto Maple Leafs projected lines
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
3 Dion Phaneuf - 55 Korbinian Holzer
53 Michael Kostka – 36 Carl Gunnarsson
4 Cody Franson - 45 Mark Fraser
34 James Reimer
30 Ben Scrivens
|What's Happening at the Coliseum
•Doors Open at 5:45pm