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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Capitals

The Islanders wrap up their season series with the Capitals.

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Capitals
The Islanders wrap up their season series with the Capitals. (5:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
31-35-10 (72 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
13-18-8 home
Washington Capitals
34-30-13 (81 points - 6th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
14-17-7 road
5:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale

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
• Last Six: The Isles are 5-0-1 in their last six games.
Bailey: Josh Bailey has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.
• Strome: Ryan Strome has six points (one goal, five assists in his last five games.
Grabner: Michael Grabner practiced with the Islanders on Friday and may play this weekend.
Capitals Storylines
• Team Leaders:
Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in assists (60) and points (74). Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL with 49 goals this season.
Playoff Push: The Capitals are four points back of eighth in the Eastern Conference with five games left.
Recent Slide: The Capitals have lost two straight and are winless in their last five (0-3-2).
Islanders player to watch
Casey Cizikas - Forward

Casey Cizikas scored the go-ahead goal in the Islanders 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The winner was Cizikas’ sixth of the season, but was his first career power-play goal. The Toronto, ON, native has 15 points in his third season with the Islanders. Cizikas has points in two straight games, playing on a line with rookies Mike Halmo and Johan Sundstrom.
Capitals player to watch
Joel Ward - Forward

Joel Ward is having a career year for the Capitals, setting new highs in goals (22) and points (43) while matching his high in assists (21). Ward is currently third on the Capitals in scoring, providing depth on the third line, as well as timely scoring, with four game-winners this season. The 33-year-old’s plus-four rating is second highest on the Capitals.
2013-14 season series (1-1-1)

The Islanders are 1-1-1 against the Capitals this season and can win the season series with a regulation win tonight. In their most recent outing, Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves in a 1-0 shutout win.

LAST GAME: 
Feb. 4, 2014: NYI 1, WSH 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.9% (20th)
77.8% (29th)
212
250
7-2-1

 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   
 
Capitals
23.5% (1st)
81.6% (17th)
218
233
4-3-3
       
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
56 John Persson 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo – 53 Casey Cizikas – 28 Johan Sundstrom

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 24 Kevin Czuczman
46 Matt Donovan 7 Matt Carkner
  
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
Washington Capitals previous game lines
Forwards
84 Mikhail Grabovski - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 8 Alex Ovechkin
90 Marcus Johansson - 83 Jay Beagle - 20 Troy Brouwer
25 Jason Chimera - 16 Eric Fehr - 42 Joel ward
17 Dustin Penner - 92 Evgeny Kuznetsov - 43 Tom Wilson

Defensemen
27 Karl Alzner - 74 John Carlson
81 Dmitri Orlov - 52 Mike Green
58 Connor Carrick - 4 John Erskine

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
70 Braden Holtby

Quote of the Day:
Doors open 3:45pm
Lower Lobby 3pm
Fan Appreciation Night
Jersey’s Off the Back Post Game
Charity of the Game – Don Monti Foundation
Good Guy/Sid Payne Player Award
Mercedes Benz Chuck a Puck


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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