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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 WSH 50 37 9 4 161 110 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 146 132 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NJD 53 26 20 7 117 118 59
7 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
8 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 117 128 55
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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