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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.

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

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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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