Game Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals

Tuesday, 11.5.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
Islanders kick off four-game road trip in Washington (7:00 p.m, MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
6-5-3 (15 points – 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
3-2-0 road
Washington Capitals
7-7-0 (14 points - 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
4-3-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center
Washington D.C.
 
 
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
2012-13 season series (2-0-1)
The Islanders took five of six possible points from the Capitals last season, going 2-0-1. The Islanders won the only meeting at Nassau Coliseum 5-2, but went 1-0-1 in Washington. Josh Bailey had a point in every game, notching two goals and an assist over the season series. Evgeni Nabokov appeared in all three games against Washington.


LAST GAME: 
Apr. 4, 2013: NYI 1, WSH 2 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Capitals player to watch
Alex Ovechkin - Forward

Ovechkin is off to a dynamite start in 2013-14, with 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in his first 12 games. The Russian superstar is a lethal sniper and his 10 goals are good for third in league scoring. Ovechkin missed the Capitals last two games, but practiced Monday and should be ready to go against the Isles.

 
 
Islanders Storylines
• Blueline to goal line: An Islanders defenseman has recorded a point in 10 consecutive games.
• Vanek’s Tally: Thomas Vanek picked up his first goal as an Islander in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Boston.  Vanek has three points in three games for the Isles.
• Scoring Leaders: Kyle Okposo (4G, 13A) and Frans Nielsen (8G, 8A), are among the league’s scoring leaders heading into Tuesday’s action.
The Matchup
Islanders
21.7% (7th)
80.9% (17th)
45
45
4-4-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Capitals
23.6 (4th)
90.7% (2nd)
44
40
6-4-0
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin

20 Evgeni Nabokov
Washington Capitals previous game lines
Forwards
16 Eric Fehr - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 10 Martin Erat
90 Marcus Johansson - 21 Brooks Laich - 20 Troy Brouwer
25 Jason Chimera - 84 Mikhail Grabovski - 42 Joel Ward
24 Aaron Volpatti - 46 Michael Latta - 43 Tom Wilson
 
Defensemen
52 Mike Green - 88 Nate Schmidt
27 Karl Alzner - 74 John Carlson
34 Alexander Urbom - Steve Oleksy

Goaltenders
30 Michal Neuvirth
70 Braden Holtby
Quote of the Day:

Head Coach Jack Capuano:
"I really like the fact that the last couple of games, our four lines, we rolled them and they didn’t care who they were up against. They understood that puck management was the key and we played well."



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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