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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 ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Wild

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 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
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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