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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 / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Coyotes
The Islanders look to sweep the season series against the Coyotes. (9:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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