Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

Saturday, 03.9.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals
Isles host the Washington Capitals for the first time in 2012-13
New York Islanders
10-11-3 (23 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
4-8-2 home
Washington Capitals
10-11-1 (21 points - 3rd in Southeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
3-6-1 road
1:00 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 (2011-12)
The Islanders are went 2-0-2 last season against the Capitals, losing after regulation in the last two matchups. On March 13, the Islanders built a 4-1 lead but allowed Washington to tie the game in the third before Matt Hendricks ended it in the fourth round of the shootout. John Tavares scored his 29th and 30th goals and added an assist, while Travis Hamonic posted a goal and two helpers. Keith Aucoin, skating for the Capitals at the time, registered three assists.

Mar. 13, 2013: WSH 5, NYI 4 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Capitals player to watch
Alex Ovechkin - Left Wing
After a slow start to 2012-13, the 27-year-old left wing has points in five of his last six games (four goals, six assists). The Moscow native has eclipsed the 50-goal, 100-point plateau four times in his career, and is tied for second on the team with 20 points in 22 games. Look for Ovechkin to shoot often - he has 93 shots on goal, 42 more than his nearest teammate.
 
 
Islanders Storylines
Thursday's game concludes a seven-game home stand. They are 2-2-2 so far during the stretch.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 116 hits
•The Islanders have points in four straight games (2-0-2), all at Nassau Coliseum
Michael Grabner became the third Islander toreach 10 goals (John Tavares, Matt Moulson) with his first period tally on Thursday vs. NY Rangers
The Matchup
Islanders
23.1% (21/91)
82.1% (69/84)
71
80
4-4-2
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games
 
  
Capitals
26.3% (20/76)
76.7% (66/86)
66
63
7-3-0
 
  
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 - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
52 Joe Finley - 2 Mark Streit

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Washington Capitals projected lines
Forwards
8 Alex Ovechkin - 9 Mike Ribeiro - 26 Matt Hendricks
20 Troy Brouwer - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 16 Eric Fehr
25 Jason Chimera - 83 Jay Beagle - 42 Joel Ward
17 Wojtek Wolski - 85 Mathieu Perrault - 15 Joey Crabb

Defensemen
27 Karl Alzner - 36 Tomas Kundratek
55 Jeff Schultz - 61 Steve Oleksy
4 John Erskine - 74 John Carlson

Goaltenders
70 Braden Holtby
31 Philipp Grubauer

What's Happening at the Coliseum

Doors Open at 11:45am
Lower Lobby Opens at 11am
Beer Fest (21+ Event) in Expo Center – 2 sessions: 12:30pm, 5:30pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (First 50 receive free gift)
Team Store Offer: If you catch a t-shirt shot from the ice, you’ll receive a coupon good for $10 off a $50 or more purchase
50/50 Raffle

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 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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