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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 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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