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Game Preview: Islanders at Canucks

The Islanders wrap up their road trip on Canada's West Coast.

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Canucks
The Islanders wrap up their road trip on Canada\'s West Coast. (10:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
24-33-9 (57 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
15-17-1 road
Vancouver Canucks
29-27-10 (68 points - 5th in Pacific Division, 13th in Western Conference)
16-10-6 home
10:00  p.m.
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, BC
 

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
• Finish Strong: After losing two late leads in Alberta, the Islanders are looking to finish their four-game trip on a high note in Vancouver. 
Road Islanders: The Islanders are 11-4-1 in their last 16 road games.
Bailey's Milestone: Josh Bailey recorded his 100th career assist Friday night in Calgary. 
• McDonald Chipping In: Colin McDonald is on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).
Canucks Storylines
• Kesler Stays:
Despite trade rumors, Ryan Kesler was not moved by the Canucks at the NHL trade deadline.
Kassian Suspended: Zack Kassian will miss Monday's game as he serves a three-game ban.
Daniel Sedin Injured: Daniel Sedin sustained a lower-body injury during the Tim Horton's Heritage Classic on Mar. 2 and hasn't played since.
Luongo Traded: The Canucks traded Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers at the NHL trade deadline.
Islanders player to watch
Brock Nelson - Forward

Brock Nelson is developing into an effective secondary scorer in his first season with the Islanders. The 22-year-old rookie has 11 goals and 21 points in 56 games this season playing primarily on the third line. At 6’3”, Nelson is the tallest Islanders forward and has played many roles under Jack Capuano. Nelson scored his first-career goal on Oct. 22 against the Canucks. 
Canucks player to watch
Ryan Kesler - Forward

Ryan Kesler leads the Canucks with 21 goals this season and is third in team scoring with 39 points. The feisty, two-way center has been a central part of the Canucks core over the past six seasons. Kesler is a former 40-goal scorer, a two-time 70-point player and a Selke Trophy winner. The US Olympian had a goal and an assist against the Islanders on Oct. 22.
2013-14 season series (0-0-1)

The Islanders lost the series opener to the Canucks 5-4, in overtime, on Oct. 22 at Nassau Coliseum. Frans Nielsen forced overtime in the final two minutes of regulation, but Brad Richardson scored the game-winner in the extra frame. Brock Nelson scored his first NHL goal in the loss.

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 22, 2013: VAN 5, NYI 4 OT - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
15.9% (22nd)
77.6% (29th)
181
224
3-6-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Canucks
13.9% (27th)
84.5% (5th)
153
174
2-7-1
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
40 Michael Grabner51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee – 18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan – 46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 3 Travis Hamonic
  
Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Vancouver Canucks previous game lines
Forwards
20 Chris Higgins - 17 Ryan Kesler - 46 Nicklas Jensen
14 Alexandre Burrows - 33 Henrik Sedin - 36 Jannik Hansen
29 Tom Sestito - 27 Shawn Matthias - 7 David Booth
49 Darren Archibald - 45 Jordan Schroeder - 21 Zac Dalpe

Defensemen
2 Dan Hamhuis - 8 Chris Tanev
23 Alex Edler - 3 Kevin Bieksa
5 Jordan Garrison - 6 Yannick Weber

Goaltenders
31 Eddie Lack
35 Jacob Markstrom
Quote of the Day:
Kyle Okposo on Friday's loss to the Calgary Flames
It’s mental at this point. We give up one then we sit back and let them back in the game. We have to say enough’s enough

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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