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
|New York Islanders
8-18-5 (21 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
|San Jose Sharks
19-6-5 (43 points - 2nd in Pacific Division, 3rd in Western Conference)
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.
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.
•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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner
45 Anders Nilsson
60 Kevin Poulin
|San Jose Sharks previous game lines
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
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic – 61 Justin Braun
52 Matt Irwin – 22 Dan Boyle
7 Brad Stuart – 5 Jason Demers
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.”