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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs
Islanders begin a five-game road trip Thursday at Toronto
New York Islanders
22-16-5 (49 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
12-5-2 road
Toronto Maple Leafs
24-14-5 (53 points - 3rd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
13-7-2 home
7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
 
 
Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-1)
The Islanders won the first matchup against the Maple Leafs, but lost the second contest in overtime at Nassau Coliseum. On Feb. 28, Josh Bailey, Lubomir Visnovsky and Andrew MacDonald recorded their first goals of the season, and Kyle Okposo posted three points (one goal, two assists) as the Islanders overcame a two-goal third period deficit to force overtime. But Dion Phaneuf scored 1:11 into overtime to give the Leafs the 5-4 win.

Feb. 28, 2013: TOR 5, NYI 4 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Maple Leafs player to watch
Dion Phaneuf - Defense

Toronto captain and No. 1 defenseman Dion Phaneuf ranks fifth among NHL blueliners with eight goals, and sixth with 26 points. The Edmonton, AB native scored the game-winning goal in overtime the last time the two teams met, and has posted double-digit goal totals in six of his seven seasons in the league. Phaneuf also has a physical edge, as evidenced by his 785 career penalty minutes in 595 games played.

 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (6-0-2) and in 11 of their last 12 overall (9-1-2).
The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in seven straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 13 games.
•In the month of April, Evgeni Nabokov has turned aside 165-of-174 shots (.948 save percentage). He has 21 wins on the season, one off the league lead.
The Islanders magic number for clinching a playoff spot is 8. Of the teams not in a playoff spot, Winnipeg can reach the highest total (56 points).
The Matchup
Islanders
21.6% (30/139)
81.3% (105/129)
124
124
7-1-2
 
  
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
  
     
  
Maple Leafs
18.1% (27/149)
87.0% (121/139)
131
118
7-2-1
  
 
 
 
 
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
6 Jesse Joensuu - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

 
Toronto Maple Leafs previous game lines
Forwards
21 James van Riemsdyk - 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel
41  Nikolai Kulemin - 43 Nazem Kadri - 19 Joffrey Lupul
84 Mikhail Grabovski - 11 Jay McClement - 47 Leo Komarov
48 Ryan Hamilton - 28 Colton Orr - 38 Frazer McLaren

Defensemen
3 Dion Phaneuf - 51 Jake Gardiner
4 Cody Franson - 45 Mark Fraser
23 Ryan O'Byrne - 24 John-Michael Liles

Goaltenders
30 Ben Scrivens
34 James Reimer

Quote of the Day

I think we’re excited to get in there. It’s always fun to play in Toronto, and there’s quite a few guys from the area. It’s always a good place to go back to. It’s going to be a tough game. They’ve got a really good team. We’re going to have to bring a lot of the same energy as we have the last few games.

Forward Josh Bailey, on facing the Maple Leafs

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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