Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks
|New York Islanders
3-3-2 (8 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
5-4-1 (11 points - 5th in Pacific Division, 9th in Western Conference)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Television: MSG PLUS
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)
It's been almost two full years since the Islanders and Canucks last met, and even longer since they played on Long Island. In the teams' last head-to-head meeting in Vancouver, the Canucks scored early in each period en route to a 4-1 win. Matt Moulson scored the Islanders lone goal, with assists from Michael Grabner and John Tavares.
Nov. 13, 2011: VAN 4, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Canucks player to watch
Henrik Sedin - Center
The playmaking half of Vancouver's lethal Sedin twins, Henrik Sedin is tied for the league lead with 10 assists and tied for second in the NHL with 12 points. Henrik has points in nine of the Canucks' 10 games, and is riding a five-game points streak. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native has finished in the NHL's top-10 in assists six times, and led the league in the category three straight seasons from 2009-2012.
• John Tavares has points in seven straight games (four goals, six assists).
• Andrew MacDonald played 30:25 on Oct. 19 vs. Carolina, becoming the first Islander to play 30 minutes in a game decided in regulation since April 2007 (Tom Poti).
• The Islanders are 51-36-13 all-time in the regular season against the Canucks, and 4-0 in the playoffs.
• The Islanders are 7-for-21 (33.3-percent) on the power play at home.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
40 Michael Grabner – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
26 Matt Moulson – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
37 Brian Strait - 7 Matt Carkner
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Vancouver Canucks previous game lines
22 Daniel Sedin - 17 Ryan Kesler - 33 Henrik Sedin
20 Chris Higgins - 25 Mike Santorelli - 36 Jannik Hansen
7 David Booth - 9 Zack Kassian - 15 Brad Richardson
29 Tom Sestito - 13 Jeremy Welsh - 32 Dale Weise
8 Christopher Tanev - 23 Alexander Edler
2 Dan Hamhuis - 5 Jason Garrison
3 Kevin Bieksa - 18 Ryan Stanton
31 Eddie Lack
1 Roberto Luongo
|What's Happening at the Coliseum:
• Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm