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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets

The Islanders look for two points Saturday night in Columbus

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets
The Islanders look for two points Saturday night in Columbus (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
6-7-3 (15 points – 5th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
3-4-0 road
Columbus Blue Jackets
5-10-0 (10 points - 7th in Metropolitan Division, 13th in Eastern Conference)
3-6-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, OH
 
 
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; Greg Picker: Color
2013-14 season series (0-0-1)

The Blue Jackets spoiled the Islanders home opener with a 3-2 shootout win. The Islanders led the contest 2-0, but the Blue Jackets scored twice in the third period sending the game to overtime. In the bonus round, Cam Atkinson scored the game-decider in the fourth round.

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 5, 2013: CBJ 3, NYI 2SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Blue Jackets player to watch
Jack Johnson - Defenseman

Playing on the top pairing and first power play unit, Jack Johnson anchors the Columbus Blueline. The 6’1, 236 lbs. defenseman is a physical force with some offensive upside, having scored 35 or more points in the last three full seasons. Johnson, a likely US Olympian, played a season-high 27:39 against the Islanders on Oct. 5.

 
 
Islanders Storylines
• Jackets Feelin’ Blue: The Blue Jackets have dropped five straight games heading into Saturday’s action. Nationwide Arena hasn’t been an advantage for Columbus, who are 3-6-0 on home ice this season.
• Bounce Back: The Islanders were shut out for the first time on Thursday, but had scored at least two goals in the prior 15 games. The puck should find twine again on Saturday.
• Halfway Home: The Islanders have played two games of a four-game road trip. Puck drop on Saturday kicks off a back-to-back weekend, as the Isles travel to Montreal for a Sunday game.
The Matchup
Islanders
18.5% (14th)
76.0% (28th)
47
51
4-5-1


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Blue Jackets
17.3(17th)
78.4% (24th)
36
44
3-7-0
       
 
  

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 -
29 Brock Nelson
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 55 Aaron Ness
46 Matt Donovan - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Columbus Blue Jackets previous game lines
Forwards
71Nick Foligno - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 10 Marian Gaborik
13 Cam Atkinson - 18 Ryan Johansen - 19 R.J. Umberger
55 Mark Letestu - 24 Artem Anisimov - 42 Derek MacKenzie
14 Blake Comeau - 39 Michael Chaput - 40 Jared Boll
 
Defensemen
7 Jack Johnson - 51 Fedor Tyutin
21 James Wisniewski - 27 Ryan Murray
6 Nikita Nikitin - 58 David Savard

Goaltenders
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
30 Curtis McElhinney
Quote of the Day:

Kevin Poulin on tonight's game in Columbus:
"They are all good teams and you have to be ready. Everybody is hungry and we need points."



SCHEDULE

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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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