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Game Preview: Islanders at Wild

The Islanders look to rebound on Sunday night against Minnesota.

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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