Game Preview: Islanders vs. Blue Jackets

The Islanders wrap up a four-game homestand against the Blue Jackets.

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Blue Jackets
The Islanders wrap up a four-game homestand against the Blue Jackets. (1:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
26-35-9 (61 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
10-18-8 home
Columbus Blue Jackets
36-28-6 (78 points - 4th in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
17-15-3 road
1:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Game presented by Rauch Foundation

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
• Injuries Mount: Kyle Okposo (lower body) and Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body) are both day-to-day.
Bounce Back: The Islanders are looking to bounce back after a 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
Nielsen: Frans Nielsen has set career highs in goals (22) and points (49). The Danish centre has five points (3G, 2A) in his last four games.
Homestand: The Islanders wrap up a four-game homestand this afternoon.
Blue Jackets Storylines
• Playoff Race
: The Blue Jackets are currently fighting for eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Bobrovsky! The reigning Vezina winner is having his second-best season statistically (.919 SV%, 2.47 GAA). Bobrovsky was named the NHL's first star of the week ending Mar. 16. 
Hot Jackets: Columbus is 10-5-2 in their last 17 games.
Hello Horton: Nathan Horton has 16 points (4G, 16A) in 30 games in his first season in Columbus.
Islanders player to watch
Travis Hamonic - Forward

Travis Hamonic is the Islanders top minute-crunching defenseman, logging an average of 24:42 TOI per game, 14th most in the league. Hamonic is a steady, physical presence on the Islanders blueline and brings leadership and accountability on the ice and in the locker room. The 23-year-old, St. Malo, MB native was recently named an alternate captain and is signed through 2020. Hamonic has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 57 games this season.
Blue Jackets player to watch
Ryan Johansen - Forward

Ryan Johansen is having a breakout season in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets with 27 goals and 52 points in 70 games. Johansen, the fourth-overall pick in the 2010 draft, shattered all of his previous career-highs for goals, assists and points. The Vancouver, BC, native has points in three of his last five games, including a game-winner against the Canadiens on Mar. 20. Johansen had a goal and two assists) against the Isles on Nov. 9.
2013-14 season series (0-1-1)

The Islanders are 0-1-1 against their new Metropolitan Division rivals. The Islanders dropped a 3-2 shootout decision in their home opener on Oct. 5 and lost 5-2 in Columbus on Nov. 9. In their most recent outing, Frans Nielsen and Thomas Hickey had the Islanders in a 2-2 tie heading into the third period, but Columbus scored three third period goals en route to the 5-2 loss.

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 9, 2013: CBJ 5, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.7% (19th)
77.2% (29th)
195
239
4-5-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Blue Jackets
17.2% (17th)
82.0% (15th)
200
192
6-3-1
       
 
  
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

24 Kevin Czuczman 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Calvin de Haan 37 Brian Strait
  
 Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Columbus Blue Jackets previous game lines
Forwards
38 Boone Jenner 19 Ryan Johansen 8 Nathan Horton
11 Matt Calvert
17 Brandon Dubinsky 13 Cam Atkinson
71 Nick Foligno
42 Artem Anisimov 26 Corey Tropp
24 Derek MacKenzie
55 Mark Letestu 14 Blake Comeau

Defensemen
7 Jack Johnson
47 Dalton Prout
51 Fedor Tyutin
21 James Wisniewski
6 Nikita Nikitin
58 David Savard

Goaltenders
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
31 Curtis McElhinney

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
• Lower Lobby 11 am
• Doors Open 11:30 am
• Game sponsored by the Rauch Foundation
• WNET and WLIW Character day
• Charity of Game – The Josephine Foundation
• Mercedes Chuck a Puck
• Third Jersey
• Sponsored Giveaway – Upper Deck Trading Cards

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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