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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Capitals

The Islanders host the Capitals Saturday night to wrap up their seventh back-to-back set of the season.

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Capitals
The Islanders host the Capitals Saturday night to wrap up their seventh back-to-back set of the season. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS , WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
8-15-3 (19 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
5-6-3 home
Washington Capitals
13-11-2 (28 points 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
4-5-2 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
Play-by-play: Chris King
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders lost the series opener to the Capitals this season, falling 6-2 in Washington on Nov. 5. The Capitals blitzed the Islanders with five second period goals en route to the rout. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33-of-39 shots in the loss.
 
LAST GAME: 
Nov. 5, 2013: WSH 6, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Capitals player to watch
Mikhail Grabovski - Center

A move to the nation's capital this off-season has sparked Grabovski's play. Through 26 games this year, the Belarussian has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) after tallying just 16 in 48 games last season. In last night's 3-2 win against Montreal, Grabovski scored two points (one goal, one assist) and notched the shootout winner.


Islanders Storylines
Johnny vs. Ovi: Two of the league's leading scorers, John Tavares (11-18-29) and Alex Ovechkin (20-8-28), go head-to-head.
Division Rivals: This is the first divisional matchup at Nassau Coliseum between the Isles and Caps since 1998.
• Back-to-Back: The Islanders wrap up their seventh set of back-to-back games this season. They'll play 16 sets this season. 
The Matchup
Islanders
16.7% (21st)
71.8% (30th)
70
90
2-8-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Capitals
23.5 (4th)
83.2% (14th)
7
71
3-2-5
       
 
  

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

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson

Washington Capitals previous game lines
Forwards
90 Marcus Johansson – 19 Nicklas Backstrom – 8 Alex Ovechkin
16 Eric Fehr
– 84 Mikhail Grabovski – 20 Troy Brouwer
25 Jason Chimera
– 83 Jay Beagle – 42 Joel Ward
24 Aaron Volpatti
– 46 Michael Latta – 43 Tom Wilson

Defensemen
34 Alexander Urbom
52 Mike Green
27 Karl Alzner
74 John Carlson
88 Nate Schmidt
– 23 Tyson Strachan

Goaltenders
70 Braden Holtby
30 Michal Neuvirth
What's Happening at the Coliseum:

Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting the Islanders Children’s Foundation
Third Jerseys 30% Off during the game (Youth & Adult Sizes)
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-a-Puck
Islanders Stadium Series™ Jersey Presale
Movember

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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