Game Preview: New York Islanders at Nashville Predators

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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
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 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 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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