Game Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs

The Islanders look to even up the season series with the Leafs.

Tuesday, 01.7.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs
The Islanders look to even up the season series with the Leafs. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
15-22-7 (37 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
8-13-0 road
Toronto Maple Leafs
21-17-5 (47 points - 5th in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
14-9-1 home
7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Greg Picker
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders dropped the first of three games against the Maple Leafs, 5-2, at Air Canada Centre, ending a streak of three straight wins in Toronto. Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, but Phil Kessel (two goals), Joffrey Lupul (three assists) and Trevor Smith (one goal, two assists) had big nights for the Leafs. Mason Raymond’s third-period goal held up as the eventual winner. Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek did not play in the series opener.

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 19, 2013: TOR 5, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Maple Leafs player to watch
Phil Kessel - Forward

Phil Kessel is one of the games’ best sharpshooters, having scored 30 or more goals in the last four full seasons. The American sniper has 20 goals in 43 games this season and is on pace to reach 30 for a fifth time. Kessel has great speed and acceleration to go with his shot and was a point-per-game player in the last two seasons. Phil the Thrill had two goals against the Isles in November and has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last four games. 
 

Islanders Storylines
Special Teams: The Islanders power play has scored eight times in the last four games. The Leafs have a top-5 PP and converted against the Islanders Nov. 19.
Nabokov: Evgeni Nabokov left Monday’s game with a lower-body injury and did not return. Anders Nilsson was called up on an emergency basis after the game.
Johnny Rocket: John Tavares scored a hat trick and added two assists in Monday’s win. Tavares has 13 points in his last six games and scored at least four points twice in that span.
Vanek: Thomas Vanek is riding a career-best nine-game point streak (5-9-14).
Firsts: Ryan Strome (first goal) and Calvin de Haan (first points) reach NHL milestones Monday. 
The Matchup
Islanders
18.8% (13th)
73.7% (30th)
119
146
6-3-1


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Maple Leafs
21.8 (5th)
77.8% (27th)
119
127
5-3-2
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 29 Brock Nelson
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner
- 18 Ryan Strome - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

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

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Toronto Maple Leafs previous game lines
Forwards
21 James van Riemsdyk - 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel
12 Mason Raymond - 43 Nazem Kadri - 19 Joffrey Lupul
29 Jerry D'Amigo - 11 Jay McClement - 41 Nikolai Kulemin
38 Frazer McLaren - 24 Peter Holland - 28 Colton Orr

Defensemen:
8 Tim Gleason - 3 Dion Phaneuf
4 Cody Franson - 51 Jake Gardiner
44 Morgan Rielly - 15 Paul Ranger

Goaltenders:
34 James Reimer
45 Jonathan Bernier

Quote of the Day:

Ryan Strome on captain John Tavares:
“He’s unbelievable. He puts the team on his back. In the third period you saw how good he wanted to be. He wanted that hat trick. If I can learn one thing of the 100 things he does, it’ll make me successful.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 74 44 25 5 226 205 93
5 PIT 73 40 22 11 202 181 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 72 26 36 10 165 199 62
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 74 34 40 2 74
K. Okposo 52 15 31 -7 46
R. Strome 73 15 30 19 45
B. Nelson 74 18 22 9 40
F. Nielsen 73 12 28 9 40
A. Lee 68 23 16 15 39
J. Bailey 62 15 22 8 37
J. Boychuk 64 7 25 12 32
N. Leddy 70 10 19 18 29
T. Hamonic 64 5 24 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 15 2 .914 2.38
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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