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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 / 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 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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