Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers
|New York Islanders
2-2-2 (6 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
1-5-1 (3 points - 7th in Pacific Division, 14th in Western Conference)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
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 (1-0-0)
The Islanders last met the Oilers on the last day of 2011, beating Edmonton 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum. Matt Moulson posted a goal and two assists, while John Tavares had a goal and a helper. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 25-of-26 shots, as the Islanders picked up their second win of a three-game win streak. The teams will meet once more this season, on Thursday, March 6 in Edmonton.
Dec. 31, 2011: NYI 4, EDM 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Oilers player to watch
Taylor Hall - Left Wing
The No. 1 overall pick in 2010 co-leads the Oilers in points (one goal, five assists) through seven games. Hall has increased his offensive production each season he's been in the league, topping the point-per-game plateau last season (50 points in 45 games). In two career games against the Islanders, Hall has yet to register a point.
• John Tavares has points in five straight games (three goals, four assists).
• Matt Moulson is 3-for-3 in the shootout this season, and leads the league in shootout goals.
• The Islanders have participated in three shootouts through six games this season, and have been tied after 65 minutes in six of their last 10 games dating back to last season.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
40 Michael Grabner – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
26 Matt Moulson – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
7 Matt Carkner - 37 Brian Strait
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Edmonton Oilers previous game lines
57 David Perron - 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 64 Nail Yakupov
4 Taylor Hall - 14 Jordan Eberle - 26 Mark Arcobello
94 Ryan Smyth - 27 Boyd Gordon - 83 Ales Hemsky
28 Ryan Jones - 13 Mike Brown - 41 Will Acton
15 Nick Schultz - 21 Andrew Ference
19 Justin Schultz - 77 Anton Belov
2 Jeff Petry - 5 Ladislav Smid
1 Jason LaBarbera
40 Devan Dubnyk
|What's Happening at the Coliseum:
• Hockey Fights Cancer: Proceeds from pink cotton candy sales go to HFC campaign / $1 donation slips available on concourse