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
|New York Islanders
13-21-7 (33 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
28-7-7 (63 points - 1st in Central Division, 2nd in Western Conference)
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald - 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 7 Matt Carkner
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Chicago Blackhawks previous game lines
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
2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook
8 Nick Leddy - 32 Michal Rozsival
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson - 27 Johnny Oduya
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