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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
Islanders take a one-game trip to Washington to face the surging Capitals
New York Islanders
18-16-3 (39 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
11-5-1 road
Washington Capitals
17-17-2 (36 points - 2nd in Southeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
8-8-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center
Washington, DC
 
 
Television: MSG+
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.

Islanders Storylines
•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.

The Matchup
Islanders
21.7% (28/129)
80.4% (90/112)
108
115
6-4-0

 
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


 
     
  
Capitals
24.6% (31/126)
76.2% (99/130)
107
104
6-3-1
    
 
 
 
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov

Washington Capitals previous game lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
38 Jack Hillen - 74 John Carlson
27 Karl Alzner - 52 Mike Green
4 John Erskine - 61 Steve Oleksy

Goaltenders
70 Braden Holtby
30 Michal Neuvirth

Quote of the Day



“There’s a long way to go. There are still a lot of points up for grabs. You have to play for it. It’s fun where we are in the standings right now, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
 

Islanders center Frans Nielsen,
following Tuesday's win against Winnipeg

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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