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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Islanders look for first home win (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)
New York Islanders
1-0-1 (3 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
0-0-1 home
Phoenix Coyotes
1-1-0 (2 points - 5th in Pacific Division, 9th in Western Conference)
0-1-0 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)
The last time the Islanders faced off against the Coyotes was Jan. 7, 2012, when the teams met in Arizona. Shane Doan capped off his first career hat trick with less than one second remaining in reglation as the Phoenix skated past New York 5-1. Frans Nielsen was the lone scorer for the Islanders, while John Tavares earned an assist.
 
 

Jan. 7, 2012: PHX 5, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Coyotes player to watch
Radim Vrbata - Right Wing

Radim Vrbata scored a hat trick on opening night Oct. 3 against the New York Rangers, and is two tallies shy of 200 for his career. The 12-year veteran has quietly put up better offensive numbers as his career has gone along, including a 35-goal, 27-assist campaign in 2011-12, the last 82-game NHL season. The Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic native is also the Phoenix Coyotes all-time leader amongst forwards in plus-minus with a plus-47 rating.

Islanders Storylines
• The Islanders are 1-0-1 after starting the season with two straight shootout appearances for the first time in team history.
• Matt Moulson is 2-for-2 in shootout attempts.
• The Islanders and Coyotes are meeting at Nassau Coliseum for just the first time since Dec. 18, 2010, a game Phoenix won in a shootout. The Islanders are 31-23-13 all-time against the Coyotes franchise.
Lubomir Visnovsky has more assists (29) against Phoenix than he does against any other team.
The Matchup
Islanders
25.0% (8th)
75.0% (23rd)
6
6
1-0-1

 
    
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

 
 
    
Coyotes
25.0% (8th)
62.5% (27th)
5
5
1-1-0
    
 
 
 
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
Phoenix Coyotes previous game lines
Forwards
28 Lauri Korpikoski - 11 Martin Hanzal - 17 Radim Vrbata
89 Mikkel Boedker - 63 Mike Ribeiro - 19 Shane Doan
22 Lucas Lessio - 50 Antoine Vermette - 18 David Moss
44 Chris Brown - 24 Kyle Chipchura - 36 Rob Klinkhammer
 
 
Defensemen
4 Zbynek Michalek - 23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2 David Rundblad - 6 David Schlemko
3 Keith Yandle - 53 Derek Morris

Goaltenders
41 Mike Smith
1 Thomas Greiss
What's Happening at the Coliseum 10/5/13

Hockey Fights Cancer: 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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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