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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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