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 ET / 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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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