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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals

Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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