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
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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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