Game Preview: Islanders at Wild

The Islanders look to rebound on Sunday night against Minnesota.

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Wild
The Islanders look to rebound on Sunday night against Minnesota. (8:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
11-21-7 (29 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
6-13-0 road
Minnesota Wild
20-15-5 (45 points - 4th in Central Division, 9th in Western Conference)
14-3-2 home
8:00 p.m.
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King, Color: Greg Picker
2011-12 season series (2-0-0)

It’s been two years since their last meeting, but the Islanders edged the Wild 2-1 in both games during the 2011-12 season. Frans Nielsen scored the winning goal in each game,
tipping in the eventual winner on Oct. 10, 2011 and netting the game-decider in a shootout on Dec. 17. The Islanders have won three straight against Minnesota, but the Wild have added three key players (Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Josh Harding) since then. 

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 11, 2011: NYI 2, MIN (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Wild player to watch
Ryan Suter - Defense

A top offensive defenseman, Ryan Suter is 12th in league scoring amongst defensemen and leads the Wild with 22 assists this season. The 2013 Norris trophy finalist scored a career-high 46 points (7g/39a) with the Nashville Predators in the 2011-12 season. The Madison, WI, native joined the Wild as a free agent that offseason, signing a mammoth 13-year, $98M contract. Suter is also expected to be on the 2014 US Olympic team.
Islanders Storylines
Into the Wild: The Islanders head to Minnesota for the first time since a 2-1 shootout win two years ago. The Wild use home ice to their advantage and are 14-3-2 at Xcel Energy Center this season.
Streaking: Frans Nielsen (3g/2a) and Kyle Okposo (2g/3a) are both riding five-game point streaks, while Thomas Vanek (3g/2a) has points in four straight.
Tavares Day-to-Day: John Tavares missed Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day. Tavares had played 246 straight games prior to Saturday.
The Matchup
Islanders
15.4% (22nd)
73.1% (29th)
97
131
3-5-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Wild
18.6 (13th)
86.4% (4th)
92
102
3-7-0
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 29 Brock Nelson – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
16 Peter Regin– 18 Ryan Strome
15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner
– 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Minnesota Wild previous game lines
Forwards:
22 Nino Niederreiter – 9 Mikko Koivu – 3 Charlie Coyle
15 Dany Heatley – 64 Mikael Granlund – 29 Jason Pominville
24 Matt Cooke – 21 Kyle Brodziak – 14 Justin Fontaine
19 Stephane Veilleux – 28 Zenon Konopka – 17 Torrey Mitchell

Defensemen
20 Ryan Suter – 25 Jonas Brodin
6 Marco Scandella – 46 Jared Spurgeon
2 Keith Ballard – 39 Nate Prosser

Goaltenders
32 Niklas Backstrom
31 Johan Gustafsson

Quote of the Day:
Head coach Jack Capuano on Saturday's loss:
"I think the guys worked hard. That's a pretty good hockey club over there. They're a big team, they're a veteran team. We've got a young club in there. We did some good things, we made some mistakes.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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