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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Nashville Predators

Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Nashville Predators
Islanders head to Nashville for the second game of a back-to-back (8:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)
New York Islanders
2-1-1 (5 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
1-1-0 road
Nashville Predators
1-3-0 (2 points - 7th in Central Division, 13th in Western Conference)
1-1-0 home
8:00 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
 
 
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 meeting between the Islanders and Predators was back on Jan. 16, 2012 at Nassau Coliseum. The Predators got off to a hot start with three goals in the first 12 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory. John Tavares scored the Islanders only goal, with Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo picking up assists. The Islanders haven't played in Nashville since December 2010.
 
 

Jan. 16, 2012: NSH 3, NYI 1- RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Predators player to watch
Filip Forsberg - Center

Fliip Forsberg was the top-ranked European prospect heading into the 2012 NHL Draft after tearing up the Swedish leagues as a teenager, and the 19-year-old made the Predators 23-man roster out of training camp in September. Forsberg, whose playing style has been compared to that of Corey Perry, netted his first career goal on opening night, Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota. It will be interesting to see if the Ostervala, Sweden native, who Newyorkislanders.com talked to last summer, already has the tools to make a big impact at the NHL level.

Islanders Storylines
• Josh Bailey has goals in two consecutive games, and four multi-point efforts in his last 14 games.
• Michael Grabner registered his fifth helper of the season on Oct. 11 at Chicago, matching his assist output from the 2012-13 season.
• Cal Clutterbuck made his Islanders debut Oct. 11 at Chicago, registering 8:35 of ice time.
• Evgeni Nabokov is 14-8-3 with two shutouts and a 2.26 GAA in his career against Nashville.
The Matchup
Islanders
25.0% (8th)
90.9% (5th)
16
12
2-1-1

   
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

     
Predators
14.3% (21st)
64.7% (28th)
6
13
1-3-0
    
   
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
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
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
Nashville Predators previous game lines
Forwards
16 Rich Clune - 26 Matt Hendricks - 28 Paul Gaustad
27 Patric Hornqvist - 12 Mike Fisher - 33 Colin Wilson
15 Craig Smith - 7 Matt Cullen - 13 Nick Spaling
24 Eric Nystrom - 9 Filip Forsberg - 11 David Legwand
 
 
 

Defensemen
8 Kevin Klein - 42 Mattias Ekholm
3 Seth Jones - 6 Shea Weber
4 Ryan Ellis - 64 Victor Bartley

Goaltenders
35 Pekka Rinne
30 Carter Hutton
Quote of the Day:

"I expect a hard-working team. They’re very structured. We watched them play Toronto the other night, and not taking anything away from Toronto, but that could have gone the other way for sure. Bernier had a great game. They come hard, so we’re going to have to make sure that we play high-percentage hockey in all three zones."

-Islanders head coach Jack Capuano,
on what he expects from the Predators

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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