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
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



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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