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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Wild

The Islanders face off against the Wild at the Coliseum.

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Wild
The Islanders face off against the Wild at the Coliseum. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
26-34-9 (61 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
10-17-8 home
Minnesota Wild
35-23-10 (80 points - 4th in Central Division, 7th in Western Conference)
12-16-5 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY


Television:
MSG PLUS 2
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
• Top Line: The Islanders new-look top line - Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Anders Lee - have combined for 17 points (6G, 11A) in three games.
Getting Wild: The Islanders have won four straight games against the Minnesota Wild.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday. Okposo had seven points (1G, 6A) in three games last week and is on a four-game point streak (2G, 6A).
Wild Storylines
• Moulson, Niederreiter Return:
Former Islanders Matt Moulson and Nino Niederreiter return to Long Island for the first time since being dealt by the team.
Playoff Race: The Wild are currently seventh in the Western Conference playoff picture. They are three points ahead of eighth-placed Phoenix.
Team Leaders: Jason Pominville leads the Wild in goals (26) and points (48). Zach Parise is second in both categories with 23 goals and 21 assists.
Islanders player to watch
Cal Clutterbuck - Forward

After spending six seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Cal Clutterbuck faces off against his former team for the second time this season. The Welland, Ont. native scored in his return to Minnesota in the Islanders 5-4 comeback win on Dec. 29 and has nine goals and seven assists in 2013-14. Clutterbuck has goals in two of his last three games and is fifth in the NHL with 223 hits this season.
Wild player to watch
Matt Moulson - Forward

Matt Moulson makes his return to Nassau Coliseum for the first time since being traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 27. Moulson had 15 goals and 29 assists in 44 games with the Sabres before being dealt to his Minnesota Wild. In six games with his current team, Moulson has one goal and one assist. Moulson joined the Islanders in 2009-10, scoring 30 or more goals in his first three seasons with the team.
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)

The Islanders overcame a 3-0 hole for a 5-4 comeback win over the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 29, 2013. The Isles scored five goals in the final 37 minutes for the gutsy win after falling behind 3-0 in the opening 23 minutes. Kyle Okposo scored two third-period goals, including the game winner. John Tavares, Thomas Hickey and former-Wild Cal Clutterbuck also scored.

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 29, 2013: NYI 5, MIN 4 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.9% (18th)
77.3% (29th)
195
233
4-5-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Wild
18.2% (16th)
80.6% (22nd)
165
168
5-2-3
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
28 Johan Sundstrom – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo

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
Minnesota Wild previous game lines
Forwards
11 Zach Parise - 64 Mikael Granlund - 29 Jason Pominville
26 Matt Moulson - 9 Mikko Koivu - 3 Charlie Coyle
24 Matt Cooke - 21 Kyle Brodziak - 22 Nino Niederreiter
15 Dany Heatley - 56 Erik Haula - 14 Justin Fontaine

Defensemen
20 Ryan Suter - 46 Jared Spurgeon
6 Marco Scandella - 25 Jonas Brodin
4 Clayton Stoner - 2 Keith Ballard

Goaltenders
35 Darcy Kuemper
30 Ilya Bryzgalov

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
• Lower Lobby 5pm
• Doors Open 5:45pm
• Charity of Game – Islanders Children’s Foundation
• Mercedes Chuck-a-Puck
• Jersey’s Off the Back Auction


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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