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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Sharks

The Islanders open up a four-game homestand against the Sharks.

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Sharks
The Islanders open up a four-game homestand against the Sharks. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
25-33-9 (59 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
9-16-8 home
San Jose Sharks
43-17-7 (93 points - 2nd in Pacific Division, 3rd in Western Conference)
18-13-3 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 

Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Club Record: The Islanders tied a club record by scoring seven goals in one period Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks. 
Grabner Hurt: Michael Grabner is out with a concussion. There is no timetable on his return.
Czuczman Signs: NCAA free agent Kevin Czuczman signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Islanders on Tuesday.
• Sundstrom Recalled: Johan Sundstrom was recalled by the Islanders on Thursday afternoon.
Sharks Storylines
• Shark Week:
The Sharks have won four straight and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
TIger Sharks: The Sharks boast three of the league's top 25 scorers. Joe Pavelski (34-32-66), Joe Thornton (9-55-64) and Patrick Marleau (28-31-59) are among the league's top offensive threats.
Sharknado: The Sharks have scored 67 first-period goals, including 10 in the opening two minutes.
Vs. the East: The Sharks are 19-6-3 against the East this season and 8-3-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
Islanders player to watch
Frans Nielsen - Forward

Frans Nielsen reached a milestone Monday, burying his 20th goal of the season. Nielsen hit the 20-goal mark for the first time on Monday, part of a two-point game against the Vancouver Canucks. The career-Islander had previously scored 17 goals in the 2011-12 season and is one point shy of tying his career-high in points (47), set in the same year. Nielsen has three points (one goal, two assists) in his last three games.
Sharks player to watch
Joe Pavelski - Forward

Joe Pavelski is on the cusp of a career year, as his 66 points (34 goals, 32 assists) match his previous best, set during the 2010-11 season. “Little Joe” leads the Sharks with 34 goals – a personal best – and 66 points. If the two-time US Olympian can maintain his scoring lead over captain Joe Thornton, Pavelski would end Thornton’s two-year reign as Sharks scoring leader. Pavelski has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last four games.
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)

The Islanders took two points from hostile waters in a 3-2 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 11 at SAP Center. Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Islanders scored twice in the third period forcing overtime. Kevin Poulin was spectacular for the Islanders, making 46 saves in the win. Kyle Okposo scored the game-tying and-deciding goals.

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 11, 2013: NYI 3, SJS 2 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.7% (19th)
77.0% (29th)
188
228
4-5-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Sharks
16.0% (23rd)
84.4% (6th)
209
162
8-1-1
       
 
  
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 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 46 Matt Donovan
  
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
San Jose Sharks previous game lines
Forwards
8 Joe Pavelski - 19 Joe Thornton - 88 Brent Burns
12 Patrick Marleau - 39 Logan Couture - 83 Matthew Nieto
9 Martin Havlat - 15 James Sheppard - 57 Tommy Wingels
37 Adam Burish - 10 Andrew Desjardins - 18 Mike Brown

Defensemen
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic - 5 Jason Demers
27 Scott Hannan - 61 Justin Braun
52 Matt Irwin - 22 Dan Boyle

Goaltenders
31 Antti Niemi
32 Alex Stalock

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
• Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
• Doors Opens at 5:45pm
• Charity of the Game – ICF
• Mercedes Chuck a Puck
• Sponsored Giveaway – LIU Draw String Bags

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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