Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Islanders look to carry their win streak into 2014.

Thursday, 01.2.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Islanders look to carry their win streak into 2014. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
13-21-7 (33 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
5-8-7 home
Chicago Blackhawks
28-7-7 (63 points - 1st in Central Division, 2nd in Western Conference)
13-5-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
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
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)
The Islanders took a 2-2 tie into the third period, but dropped a 3-2 decision to the reigning Stanley Cup champions on Oct. 11, 2013. Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored second period goals to notch the game at two, but Michael Handzus scored the winner 6:45 into the third period. Kevin Poulin made 25 saves in his first start of the season for the Islanders.
 
Oct. 11, 2013: CHI, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Blackhawks player to watch
Jonathan Toews - Center

The Blackhawks captain is off to one of his best seasons statistically, with 40 points (15g/25a) in 42 games. Toews offensive production compliments his superb defensive game, as he is the reigning Selke Trophy winner for best defensive forward. The two-time Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist is a born-winner and makes the Hawks a tough team to play against. Toews has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last four games.

Islanders Storylines
Comebacks: The Islanders have come-from-behind for wins in their last two games. The Isles trailed 3-0, but beat Minnesota 5-4 on Sunday and trailed 3-1 in a 5-3 win over Boston on Tuesday. In each game, the Islanders scored four unanswered goals.
Okposo! Kyle Okposo has 11 points (5g/6a) on his current seven-game point streak.
Vanek: Thomas Vanek is riding a six-game point streak (3g/6a).
Last 10: The Isles are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.
Power Play: The Islanders power play converted four of their first six opportunities Tuesday night in Boston.
The Matchup
Islanders
17.2% (19th)
73.8% (30th)
107
138
5-3-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Blackhawks
24.3 (3rd)
76.4% (28th)
158
115
7-1-2
       
 
  

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
29 Brock Nelson - 18 Ryan Strome - 13 Colin McDonald
16 Peter Regin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

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

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Chicago Blackhawks previous game lines
Forwards
81 Marian Hossa - 19 Jonathan Toews - 10 Patrick Sharp
23 Kris Versteeg - 26 Michal Handzus - 88 Patrick Kane
29 Bryan Bickell - 65 Andrew Shaw - 20 Brandon Saad
52 Brandon Bollig - 16 Marcus Kruger - 28 Ben Smith

 
 
Defensemen
2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook
8 Nick Leddy - 32 Michal Rozsival
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson - 27 Johnny Oduya


Goaltenders
31 Antti Raanta
30 Jason Labarbera
Whats Happening at the Coliseum:
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting St. Joseph’s College
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Upcoming Coat Drive 1/25

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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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