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

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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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