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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

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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