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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Kings

The Islanders look to win their third straight game at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday against the Kings.

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Kings
The Islanders look to win their third straight game at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday against the Kings. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
7-9-3 (17 points – 6th in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
4-3-3 home
Los Angeles Kings
11-6-1 (23 points - 5th in Pacific Division, 9th in Western Conference)
4-3-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
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
2011-12 season series (1-0-0)

The Islanders beat the Kings 2-1 in overtime on Feb. 11, 2012, the only meeting between the teams in the past two seasons. Mart Streit skated through four Kings in overtime before backhanding the winner past Jonathan Quick. Both teams tried to grind each other down, combining for 89 hits (48-41 Isles) over 61 minutes. Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves for the win.

LAST GAME: 
Feb. 11, 2013: NYI 2, LAK 1 OT - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Kings player to watch
Mike Richards - Center

Mike Richards is having a great start to his third season in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old center is tied with Anze Kopitar for the team lead in points (17), he is currently riding a five-game point streak (3g/6a) and has 12 points in his last nine games. When Richards records a point, the Kings are 49-11-10 all-time and 8-3-0 this season.
 
 
Islanders Storylines
Two at Home: The Islanders have won two straight games at Nassau Coliseum, both by a 3-1 margin. They’ve also beat the Kings twice in their last two meetings at home.
JT Heating Up: John Tavares has taken over the Isles scoring lead with some stellar play in November. Tavares has five points (1g/4a) in his last three games and nine (4g/5a) in seven games this month.
• 20-20-20: Tavares (22), Nielsen (21) and Okposo (20) make the Isles the only NHL team with three players with at least 20 points.
The Matchup
Islanders
20.3% (9th)
73.8% (30th)
54
61
4-6-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Kings
20.0 (11th)
80.3% (21th)
52
44
6-3-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
29 Brock Nelson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 16 Peter Regin – 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 46 Matt Donovan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov

LA Kings previous game lines
Forwards
23 Dustin Brown – 11 Anze Kopitar – 14 Justin Williams

74 Dwight King – 10 Mike Richards – 73 Tyler Toffoli
17 Dan Carcillo – 24 Colin Fraser – 21 Matt Frattin
71 Jordan Nolan – 57 Linden Vey – 22 Trevor Lewis

Defensemen

6 Jake Muzzin – 8 Drew Doughty
26 Slava Voynov – 44 Robyn Regehr
33 Willie Mitchell – 27 Alec Martinez

Goaltenders

32 Jonathan Quick
54 Ben Scrivens

What's Happening at the Coliseum:

Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Equipment Drive Prior to the Game – Donate three pieces of old hockey equipment and a receive ticket voucher
ESPN NY 98.7 Student Breakaway Night
50/50 Raffle benefitting Molloy College Athletics
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Movember




SCHEDULE

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STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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