Game Preview: Islanders at Capitals
The Islanders and Capitals hook up in a Metropolitan division matchup.
Tuesday, 02.4.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
|New York Islanders
21-28-8 (50 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
25-22-9 (59 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
Television: NBCSN, TSN 2
Play-by-play: Dave Strader; Color: Brian Engblom
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
|2013-14 season series (0-1-1)
The Islanders lost their first two meetings with the Capitals this season, but took a point in a 3-2 overtime loss on Nov. 30. In that outing, the Islanders grabbed a 2-1 lead with 1:51 to play, but allowed the Caps to tie the game on a late shorthanded goal. Alex Ovechkin scored the OT winner to complete the comeback for the Caps.
Nov. 30, 2013: WSH 3, NYI 2 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Capitals player to watch
Nicklas Backstrom - Forward
Nick Backstrom is one of the NHL’s top playmakers and his 42 assists are fourth in the league. The Washington pivot compliments the Capitals captain, Alex Ovechkin, and together they make up one of the league’s most lethal pairs. Backstrom also has 11 goals for a total of 56 points and has one goal and three assists in two games against the Islanders this season.
• League Leaders: Tonight’s tilt features four of the league’s top scorers: John Tavares (23-41-64), Kyle Okposo (24-34-58), Alex Ovechkin (39-19-58) and Nick Backstrom (11-42-53).
• Capitals: After losing seven straight in January, the Capitals have won three of their last five and have points in four-of-five games. In their last three wins, the Caps have scored 16 goals.
• Special Teams: The Capitals potent power play is one of the league’s best. They are converting 23.2 percent overall, but that improves to 26% at Verizon Center – the second-best home power-play percentage in the NHL.
• Last 10: The Islanders and Caps are both 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 29 Brock Nelson – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
37 Brian Strait – 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Calvin de Haan – 46 Matt Donovan
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Washington Capitals previous game lines
10 Martin Erat - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 8 Alex Ovechkin
90 Marcus Johansson - 83 Jay Beagle - 20 Troy Brouwer
25 Jason Chimera - 16 Eric Fehr - 42 Joel Ward
24 Aaron Volpatti - 48 Casey Wellman - 43 Tom Wilson
74 John Carlson - 27 Karl Alzner
81 Dmitri Orlov - 23 Tyson Strachan
4 John Erskine - 58 Connor Carrick
70 Braden Holtby
30 Michal Neuvirth
|Quote of the Day:
Head coach Jack Capuano on Travis Hamonic:
Hamonic going through the protocol where he is getting some contact and skating with the club... We don’t want to put a guy in a situation where he’s not ready, but he said he’s feeling pretty good to skate with us and that’s a positive sign.