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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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