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
|New York Islanders
9-18-5 (23 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
17-8-5 (39 points - 5th in Pacific Division, 9th in Western Conference)
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.
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.
•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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
|Phoenix Coyotes previous game lines
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
26 Michael Stone - 23 Oliver Ekman-Carsson
3 Keith Yandle - 5 Connor Murphy
2 David Rundblad - 6 David Schlemko
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."