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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 ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Jets

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



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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