Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Saturday, 10.5.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Islanders look to win second game in a row to start the season (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)
New York Islanders
1-0-0 (2 points – 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
0-0-0 home
Columbus Blue Jackets
0-1-0 (0 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
0-0-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2011-12 season series (0-1-0)
You have to go all the way back to the final game of the 2011-12 season to find the last time the Islanders and Blue Jackets met. Although Columbus is part of the Metropolitan Division, they have resided in the Central throughout their franchise's history, and didn't visit New York every season. On April 7, 2012, Columbus skated to a 7-3 victory at Nationwide Arena despite Kyle Okposo's ninth goal in as many games and Michael Grabner notching his 20th tally of the season.

Apr. 7, 2012: CBJ 7, NYI 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Blue Jackets player to watch
Marian Gaborik - Right Wing

Gaborik, who Columbus acquired at last year's trade deadline, posted a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets season opener. The 31-year-old winger, who spent most of last season with the New York Rangers, lit the lamp in all three games he played against the Islanders last season, adding an assist as well. Gaborik is deadly on the power play, and throughout his 13-year NHL career, has always been reliable for at least three or four shots per game.

Islanders Storylines
• Michael Grabner notched two goals and an assist in Friday's season opener at New Jersey. It marked his second two-goal effort in his last seven games.
• The Islanders and Blue Jackets are meeting for the first time since April 7, 2012, and just the 15th time overall. New York and Columbus will go head-to-head four times in 2013-14.
• Evgeni Nabokov stoped 26-of-29 shots in regulation and overtime on Oct. 4 at New Jersey, and turned aside all six attempts in the shootout, as the Islanders won their season opener 4-3.
The Matchup
Islanders
0.0% (18th)
100.0% (1st)
4
3
1-0-0

 
    
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

 
 
    
Blue Jackets
33.3% (7th)
100.0% (1st)
3
4
0-1-0
    
 
 
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 40 Michael Grabner
29 Brock Nelson – 16 Peter Regin – 96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
37 Brian Strait – 46 Matt Donovan

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Columbus Blue Jackets previous game lines
Forwards
38 Boone Jenner - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 10 Marian Gaborik
11 Matt Calvert - 19 Ryan Johansen - 13 Cam Atkinson
55 Mark Letestu - 42 Artem Anisimov - 14 Blake Comeau
18 R.J. Umberger - 24 Derek MacKenzie - 71 Nick Foligno


Defensemen
7 Jack Johnson - 47 Dalton Prout
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski
6 Nikita Nikitin - 58 David Savard


Goaltenders
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
31 Curtis McElhinney
What's Happening at the Coliseum 10/5/13

• 4:30pm – Fan Fest on the Box Office Plaza with live band & inflatables
MSG+ Magnetic schedules & Subway coupons for the first 10,000 fans
Hockey Fights Cancer Kick Off: Proceeds from Pink cotton candy go to HFC Campaign. Donation slips available on concourse.
50/50
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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