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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 / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Sharks
The Islanders wrap up their California swing at the Shark Tank. (10:30 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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