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
|New York Islanders
26-35-9 (61 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
|Columbus Blue Jackets
36-28-6 (78 points - 4th in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
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
• 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.
Nov. 9, 2013: CBJ 5, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|New York Islanders previous game lines
27 Anders Lee – 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 29 Brock Nelson – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 18 Ryan Strome – 13 Colin McDonald
28 Johan Sundstrom – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo
24 Kevin Czuczman – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Calvin de Haan – 37 Brian Strait
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
|Columbus Blue Jackets previous game lines
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
7 Jack Johnson – 47 Dalton Prout
51 Fedor Tyutin – 21 James Wisniewski
6 Nikita Nikitin – 58 David Savard
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