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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 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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