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Game Preview: Islanders at Coyotes

The Islanders look to sweep the season series against the Coyotes.

Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Coyotes

New York Islanders
9-18-5 (23 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
4-12-0 road
Phoenix Coyotes
17-8-5 (39 points - 5th in Pacific Division, 9th in Western Conference)
9-2-2 home
9:00  p.m.
Jobing.com Arena
Glendale, AZ 
 
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
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)

The New York Islanders defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 in the first game of their 2013-14 season series at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares had two goals, while Josh Bailey (1g/2a), Frans Nielsen (3a) and Michael Grabner (3a) each had three points in the rout. Colin McDonald and Matt Donovan scored their first goals of the season and Peter Regin netted his first goal as an Islander. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33-of-34 shots in the win.

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 8, 2013: NYI 6, PHX 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Coyotes player to watch
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Defenseman

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is blossoming into a top-offensive defenseman out in the Arizona desert. Ekman-Larsson has 20 points (4g/16a) in 30 games this season, which rank him ninth in defensive scoring. The sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft plays over 25 minutes a game (also ninth among defensemen), more minutes than Zdeno Chara, Duncan Keith and P.K. Subban. Ekman-Larsson is tied for fifth in team scoring and has the second highest plus/minus (+10) on the Yotes. 
 
Islanders Storylines
Top Line: John Tavares (1g/3a), Thomas Vanek (2g/1a) and Kyle Okposo (1g/1a) have combined for nine points in the Islanders last two games.
Doan Sidelined: Coyotes captain, and second-leading scorer, Shane Doan has missed two straight games and will not play against the Islanders.
End of the Road: The Islanders wrap up a five-game Western swing Thursday in Phoenix. The Coyotes are 9-2-2 at home this season.
Rally: The Islanders rallied from a 2-0 third-period deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Strome Recalled: Ryan Strome was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday. 
The Matchup
Islanders
16.0% (21st)
71.3% (30th)
80
111
1-7-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Coyotes
21.4(7th)
76.8% (27th)
97
94
4-4-2
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
12 Josh Bailey – 29 Brock Nelson – 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

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

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
Phoenix Coyotes previous game lines
Forwards
63 Mike Ribeiro - 11 Martin Hanzal - 17 Radim Vrbata
34 Tim Kennedy - 50 Antoine Vermette - 89 Mikkel Boedker
36 Rob Klinkhammer - 24 Kyle Chipchurz - 18 David Moss
12 Paul Bissonnette - 14 Jeff Halpern - 29 Jordan Szwarz

Defensemen
26 Michael Stone - 23 Oliver Ekman-Carsson
3 Keith Yandle - 5 Connor Murphy
2 David Rundblad - 6 David Schlemko

Goaltenders

41 Mike Smith
1 Thomas Greiss

Quote of the Day:
Kyle Okposo on Tuesday's win in San Jose:
"To stick with it all game – and be down 2-0 to a good hockey team in the third period and get a win – it’s big for our club."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 8 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 8 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 8 3 2 0 5
B. Nelson 8 1 4 -3 5
A. Quine 8 1 4 1 5
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
T. Hickey 8 1 3 -3 4
S. Prince 8 3 0 2 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
N. Leddy 8 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 3 0 .937 2.06
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