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Game Preview: Islanders at Sharks

The Islanders wrap up their California swing at the Shark Tank.

Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 2:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Sharks

New York Islanders
8-18-5 (21 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
3-12-0 road
San Jose Sharks
19-6-5 (43 points - 2nd in Pacific Division, 3rd in Western Conference)
10-1-2 home
10:30 p.m.
SAP Center
San Jose, CA
 
 
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, Color: Greg Picker
2011-12 season series (0-1-0)

The New York Islanders lost the only game of the 2011-12 season series to the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares and Michael Grabner scored power-play goals for the Islanders just eight minutes apart during the second period. Sharks forward Logan Couture tied the game pushing it into overtime where Brent Burns scored the game winner, on the power play, 1:07 into the extra frame.

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 29, 2011: SJS 3, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Sharks player to watch
Joe Thornton - Center

Joe Thornton is thriving again and is one of the NHL’s top playmakers. “Jumbo” Joe is second in the league with 27 assists and leads the Sharks with 32 points in 30 games. If Thornton keeps up his current scoring pace, he’ll surpass the point-per-game mark for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Sharks captain had an eight-game point streak (3g/7a) end Sunday in Minnesota. 
 
Islanders Storylines
Tavares and Vanek: John Tavares and Thomas Vanek each had a goal and an assist in Monday’s loss to Anaheim. Tavares has 34 points (12g/22a) this season while Vanek has 11 points (5g/6a) in 15 games with the Islanders.
Shark Tank: The Islanders enter another hostile building Tuesday night. The Sharks are 10-1-2 at the tank this season.
Back-to-Back: The Islanders wrap up their eighth back-to-back set of the season Tuesday in San Jose.
•Bouchard Waived: The Islanders placed Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers Monday.
The Matchup
Islanders
16.2% (20th)
71.1% (30th)
77
109
0-8-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Sharks
17.6 (17th)
82.1% (16th)
101
75
6-0-4
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
29 Brock Nelson – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner
– 29 Brock Nelson –
15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
60 Kevin Poulin
San Jose Sharks previous game lines
Forwards
48 Tomas Hertl – 19 Joe Thorton – 88 Brent Burns
12 Patrick Marleau – 39 Logan Couture – 8 Joe Pavelski
83 Matthew Nieto – 10 Andrew Desjardins – 57 Tommy Wingels
15 James Sheppard – 75 Freddie Hamilton – 81 Tyler Kennedy

Defensemen
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic – 61 Justin Braun
52 Matt Irwin – 22 Dan Boyle
7 Brad Stuart – 5 Jason Demers

Goaltenders
31 Antti Niemi
32 Alex Stalock

Quote of the Day:
Brock Nelson after Monday's loss to Anaheim:
“We continue to work through it.  We needed a couple of bounces, and we didn’t get them.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
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 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
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
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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