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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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