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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Blues

The Islanders host the Blues in matinee action at the Coliseum.

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Blues
The Islanders host the Blues in matinee action at the Coliseum. (1:00 p.m., MSG Plus, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
21-25-7 (49 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
8-10-7 home
St. Louis Blues
34-11-5 (73 points - 2nd in Central Division, 3rd in Western Conference)
16-6-3 road
1:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
Television: MSG Plus
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders lost the lone meeting between the teams this season, falling 5-1 on Dec. 5 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Derek Roy’s second-period winner broke open a 1-1 draw, but the Blues added three insurance goals en route to to the rout. Andrew MacDonald scored the lone goal for the Islanders.

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 5, 2013: STL 5, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Blues player to watch
Kevin Shattenkirk - Defense

With 35 points (8g/27a) in 49 games, Kevin Shattenkirk is on pace for a career year in St. Louis and should top his previous career-high of 43 points, set in each of the last two full seasons. The New Rochelle, NY, native scored the game-winning goal Thursday night against the Rangers and will represent the United States at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. Shattenkirk had two assists against the Islanders on Dec. 5, 2013.
Islanders Storylines
Vs. the West: The Islanders have won six straight games against Western Conference opponents.
Discipline: The Blues boast the league’s second-best power-play unit, converting at 23.9%. The Isles gave up three power-play goals in their last game against the Blues,and must stay out of the box today.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo scored his 52nd point (21g/31a) of the season Thursday, matching a career-high set in 2009-10.
Streaking: Frans Nielsen is riding a six-game point streak (1g/6a) while Okposo has points in four straight games (2g/4a).
The Matchup
Islanders
18.6% (17th)
75.6% (30th)
151
175
7-3-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Penguins
23.9 (2nd)
84.2% (6th)
173
116
6-4-0
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen

37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
 
Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
St. Louis Blues previous game lines
Forwards
9 Jaden Schwartz - 42 David Backes - 20 Alex Steen
25 Chris Stewart - 21 Patrik Berglund - 74 T.J. Oshie
56 Magnus Paajarvi - 17 Vladimir Sobotka - Vladirimir Tarasenko
10 Brenden Morrow - 40 Maxim Lapoerre - 75 Ryan Reaves

Defensemen
27 Alex Pietrangelo - 19 Jay  Bouwmeester
22 Kevin Shattenkirk - 5 Barret Jackman
28 Ian Cole - 46 Roman Polak

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
1 Brian Elliott
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
NHL Mascot Day – Meet and Greet starting at 11:30am
Lower Lobby opens at 11am
Doors open at 11:30am
Third Jersey Youth and Adult sizes 30% off
Upcoming Coat Drive

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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