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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 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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