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Game Preview: Islanders at Oilers

The Islanders continue their Western road trip in Oil country.

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Game Preview: Islanders at Oilers
The Islanders continue their Western road trip in Oil country. (9:30 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
24-32-8 (56 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
15-16-0 road
Edmonton Oilers
21-34-8 (50 points - 7th in Pacific Division, 14th in Western Conference)
11-15-3 home
9:30  p.m.
Rexall Place
Edmonton, AB
 

Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
Road Islanders: The Islanders are 11-3-0 in their last 14 road games.
MacDonald Traded: Andrew MacDonald was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two draft picks and a prospect on Tuesday.
• Vanek Traded: Thomas Vanek was traded to Montreal for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd-round pick. 
• Lee Lights the Lamp: Anders Lee has four points (3G, 1A) in four games since being recalled on Feb. 24.
Oilers Storylines
• Crease Shuffling:
The Oilers acquired goaltender Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks and shipped goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild.
• Kids and the Hall: Taylor Hall leads the Oilers with 58 points (20G, 38A), while young forwards Jordan Eberle (20-27-47) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15-28-43) are second and third, respectively.
Hemsky: Longtime-Oiler Ales Hemsky was dealt to the Ottawa Senators for draft picks on Wednesday.
Islanders player to watch
Colin McDonald - Forward

Colin McDonald picked up his fifth goal of the season Tuesday night in Winnipeg. playing with Ryan Strome and Anders Lee. McDonald brings energy and a physical presence to the Islanders bottom six and is third on the team with 156 hits. The Islanders grinder has shown that he fits in well on both the third and fourth lines.
Oilers player to watch
Jordan Eberle- Forward

Jordan Eberle is the second leading scorer on the Oilers with 47 points this season (20g/27a). The Regina, Sask., native has points in two straight games for the Oilers, including the game-winning goal Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators. Eberle is a core piece of the Oilers youth movement and a key offensive threat. Eberle had one assist against the Islanders on Oct. 17.
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)

The New York Islanders rallied for a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 17 at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares scored the winning goal late in the second period, as he and Kyle Okposo lifted the Islanders out of a 2-1 hole. Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders, while Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves in the win.

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 17, 2013: NYI 3, EDM 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.4% (22nd)
77.5% (29th)
176
217
3-7-0


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Oilers
16.7% (21st)
81.9% (15th)
174
178
6-2-2
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
40 Michael Grabner51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
27 Anders Lee
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait – 7 Matt Carkner
  

Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Edmonton Oilers previous game lines
Forwards
4 Taylor Hall – 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 64 Nail Yakupov
83 Ales Hemsky – 89 Sam Gagner – 14 Jordan Eberle
23 Matt Hendricks – 27 Boyd Gordon – 57 David Perron
20 Luke Gazdic – 94 Ryan Smyth – 28 Ryan Jones

Defensemen
15 Nick Schultz – 19 Justin Schultz
21 Andrew Ference – 5 Mark Fraser
85 Martin Marincin – 2 Jeff Petry

Goaltenders
35 Viktor Fasth
30 Ben Scrivens
Quote of the Day:
Jack Capuano on the Isles 3-2 OT win over the Jets:
They had all of those consecutive power plays and we had a short bench. They had extended-zone time and it wore us down a little bit, but I thought our guys stayed with it and stayed the course. With everything that’s going right now, it’s about staying together.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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