Game Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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