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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Jets

The Islanders kick off a four-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Jets
The Islanders kick off a four-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
8-13-3 (19 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
5-4-3 home
Winnipeg Jets
11-11-4 (26 points 6th in Central Division, 11th in Western Conference)
4-5-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
2012-13 season series (2-0-1)

The Islanders went 2-0-1 against the Winnipeg Jets last season, taking five of six possible points. The Islanders won the only meeting at Nassau Coliseum last season, 5-2, and went 1-0-1 at MTS Centre. Two of the three games last season went to overtime with John Tavares winning the most recent contest (Apr. 20) in a three-round shootout.
 
LAST GAME: 
Apr. 20, 2013: NYI 5, WPG 4 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Jets player to watch
Bryan Little - Center

Little is off to a great start this season, scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace. Through 26 games, Little leads the Jets with 12 goals, 24 points and his two shorthanded tallies are tied for the league lead. The 12th overall pick in the 2006 draft has points in four of the Jets last five games (1g/5a) and hasn’t gone more than two games without a point.

 
Islanders Storylines
Homestand: The Islanders return to Nassau Coliseum for a four-game homestand Wednesday, hosting Winnipeg, Detroit, Washington and Pittsburgh. With a tough Western swing ahead, the Islanders need as many points as possible while on the island.
Special Teams: The Islanders are looking to get their PK back on track and gave it extra attention this week in practice. The Jets enter the game with the 27th ranked power play (12.5%).
Cizzlin’: Casey Cizikas is riding a five-game point (3g/2a) streak after assisting on Eric Boulton’s first goal with the Islanders Saturday.
The Matchup
Islanders
16.5% (21st)
70.3% (30th)
68
72
2-8-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Jets
12.5 (27th)
82.6% (14th)
69
76
5-3-2
       
 
  

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

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
46 Matt Donovan – 4 Radek Martinek
14 Thomas Hickey – 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson

Winnipeg Jets previous game lines
Forwards
16 Andrew Ladd – 18 Bryan Little – 26 Blake Wheeler
9 Evander Kane – 12 Olli Jokinen – 40 Devin Setoguchi
15 Matt Halischuk – 55 Mark Scheifele – 67 Michael Frolik
27 Eric Tangradi – 17 James Wright – 22 Chris Thorburn

Defensemen
33 Dustin Byfuglien – 39 Tobias Enstrom
5 Mark Stuart – Keaton Ellerby
3 Jacob Trouba – 24 Grant Clitsome

Goaltenders
31 Ondrej Pavelec
35 Al Montoya
What's Happening at the Coliseum:

Chanukah Night
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Food Drive prior to the game – bring three non-perishable items to donate & receive ticket voucher
50/50 Raffle benefitting Chabad of West Hempstead
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Movember
Islanders Stadium Series™ Jersey Presale



SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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