Game Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
|New York Islanders
18-16-3 (39 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
17-17-2 (36 points - 2nd in Southeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
|Season series (2-0-0)
The Islanders have won both matchups with the Capitals this season; one at home and one away. In their most recent matchup, the Islanders led 2-0 after 20 minutes but lost the lead in the second period. John Tavares' goal late in the third proved to be the game-winner, as the Islanders held off an attack late in regulation. New York outshot Washington 31-22, and Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves between the pipes for the Islanders.
Mar. 26, 2013: NYI 3, WSH 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Capitals player to watch
Nicklas Backstrom - Center
Nicklas Backstrom enters Thursday's contest with points in six of his last seven games, including four helpers and First Star honors in the Capitals' 5-3 win over Carolina Tuesday. The fourth overall pick in 2006 ranks third in the league with 29 assists, while adding six goals for 35 points. Backstrom has 402 points (107 goals, 295 assists) in 401 career games, all with Washington.
•The Isles head to the road with wins in five of their last six games overall, including a 5-2 win over Winnipeg Tuesday. The Islanders have also won five of their last six and seven of their last nine on the road.
•The Islanders are 2-for-3 on the power play over their last two games, while killing off both opponents man advantages (0 shots) in the same time.
•With the victory vs. Winnipeg Tuesday, Jack Capuano ranks third in Islanders head coaching history with 78 wins, three behind Terry Simpson for second place.
•Anders Lee scored his first NHL goal on his first shot in his first NHL game Tuesday vs. Winnipeg.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
27 Anders Lee - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 7 Matt Carkner
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
|Washington Capitals previous game lines
8 Alex Ovechkin - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 90 Marcus Johansson
20 Troy Brouwer - 9 Mike Ribeiro - 21 Brooks Laich
25 Jason Chimera - 85 Mathieu Perreault - 42 Joel Ward
24 Aaron Volpatti - 26 Matt Hendricks - 83 Jay Beagle
38 Jack Hillen - 74 John Carlson
27 Karl Alzner - 52 Mike Green
4 John Erskine - 61 Steve Oleksy
70 Braden Holtby
30 Michal Neuvirth
|Quote of the Day
Islanders center Frans Nielsen,