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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks
Islanders head west for first road trip of the season (8:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)
New York Islanders
2-0-1 (5 points – 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
1-0-0 road
Chicago Blackhawks
1-1-1 (3 points - 5th in Central Division, 11th in Western Conference)
1-0-1 home
8:00 p.m.
United Center
Chicago, IL
 
 
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 (0-0-2)
The Islanders and Blackhawks last met during the 2011-12 season. On Dec. 8, 2011, playing their second matchup in seven days, the Islanders stormed back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but Chicago won 3-2 on Patrick Sharp's game-winner at Nassau Coliseum. Travis Hamonic and Michael Grabner scored the goals for the Islanders.
 
 

Dec. 8, 2011: CHI 3, NYI 2 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Blackhawks player to watch
Patrick Kane - Right Wing

The Buffalo, NY native selected No. 1 overall in the 2008 NHL Draft has lived up to his billing, scoring 20-plus goals in each of his six NHL seasons (including the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign). Kane notched the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime for Chicago in 2010, and the series-clinching goal in double-overtime in the 2013 Western Conference Finals (capping off a hat trick).
Kane has one goal in all three of Chicago's games so far this season.
Islanders Storylines
• At 2-0-1, the Islanders are off to their best start through three games since the 2001-02 season (3-0-0).
• Michael Grabner registered his first career three assist game Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix.
• The line of Grabner, Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey has combined for 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) through three games.
The Islanders are 45-41-22 all-time against Chicago. They will meet once more this season, on Jan. 2, 2014.
The Matchup
Islanders
30.0% (6th)
85.7% (8th)
14
9
2-0-1

 
    
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

 
 
    
Blackhawks
36.4% (2nd)
44.4% (30th)
10
10
1-1-1
    
 
 
 
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
Chicago Blackhawks previous game lines
Forwards
29 Bryan Bickell - 19 Jonathan Toews - 88 Patrick Kane
81 Marian Hossa - 26 Michal Handzus - 10 Patrick Sharp
20 Brandon Saad - 65 Andrew Shaw - 22 Jimmy Hayes
52 Brandon Bollig - 16 Marcus Kruger - 42 Joakim Nordstrom
 
 
Defensemen
2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook
8 Nick Leddy - 17 Sheldon Brookbank
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson - 27 Johnny Oduya

Goaltenders
50 Corey Crawford
39 Nikolai Khabibulin
Quote of the Day:

"Huge test. We're playing the Stanley Cup champs and they're champs for a reason. They do a lot of things right. Offensively, they're the best team in the league to me as far as the skill level they have. They activate their D. You talk about a unit of five - it's like they have five forwards on the ice the way they play in the offensive zone with their cycling and getting involved off the rush. We have to make sure that we have good awareness in our own end and goaltending will be key tomorrow night.”

-Islanders head coach Jack Capuano,
on facing Chicago

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 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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