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Game Preview: Islanders at Blue Jackets

The Islanders look to play spoiler against the Blue Jackets.

Sunday, 04.6.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Blue Jackets

New York Islanders
31-35-11 (73 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
18-17-2 road
Columbus Blue Jackets
39-31-7 (85 points - 4th in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
20-15-4 home
6:00  p.m.
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, OH

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; Color: Greg Picker
Islanders Storylines
• Points in Seven: The Isles have points in seven straight games, going 5-0-2 in that span.
Bailey: Josh Bailey has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak.
• Mayfield, Sundstrom Recalled: The Islanders recalled Scott Mayfield and Johan Sundstrom.
Grabner, de Haan Hurt: Michael Grabner (upper body) and Calvin de Haan (lower body) left Saturday's game and did not return.
Blue Jackets Storylines
• Team Leaders:
Ryan Johansen leads the Blue Jackets in goals (31) and points (56), while James Wisniewski leads the team with 40 assists.
Wild Cards: The Blue Jackets are hanging onto the second wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games to play.
Bobrovsky: Sergei Bobrovsky is in fine form this season, boasting a 28-20-5-4 record with a 2.45 GAA and a .920 SV%
Islanders player to watch
John Persson - Forward

The Islanders rookie tallied his first career NHL goal in Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals. During his first five games he’s played primarily with Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck on the Isles’ second line. During 43 games with the Sound Tigers this season, the Ostersund, Sweden native had 12 goals and four assists along with 36 penalty minutes.
Blue Jackets player to watch
Brandon Dubinsky - Forward

The Dubinsky comes into tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists).
With 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in 71 games this season, the Anchorage, Alaska native has totaled the second most points in his seven-year career and is seven shy of his career high. Dubinsky has four points (one goal, three assists) in three games against the Isles this season.
2013-14 season series (1-1-1)

The Islanders are 1-1-1 against the Blue Jackets this season. In their most recent outing, the Islanders blanked the Blue Jackets 2-0 at Nassau Coliseum. Evgeni Nabokov made 41 saves while Cal Clutterbuck and Travis Hamonic scored a pair of goals for the Isles.

LAST GAME: 
Mar 23, 2014: NYI 2, CBJ 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
17.1% (20th)
78.2% (29th)
215
254
6-2-2

 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   
 
Blue Jackets
17.9% (17th)
81.9% (15th)
215
207
4-5-1
       
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo – 53 Casey Cizikas – 56 John Persson

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
Columbus Blue Jackets previous game lines
Forwards
38 Boone Jenner - 19 Ryan Johansen - 55 Mark Letestu
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
23 Matt Frattin - 42 Artem Anisimov - 18 RJ Umberger
14 Blake Comeau - 24 Derek MacKenzie - 40 Jared Boll

Defensemen
7 Jack Johnson - 47 Dalton Prout
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski
51 Fedor Tyutin - 58 David Savard

Goaltenders
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
31 Curtis McElhinney

Quote of the Day:
Ryan Strome on the rookies' perspective:
"We know the standings and where we are at, but a lot of guys are in it for next year and trying to earn spots. These guys are pushing for the playoffs and we’re pushing for jobs.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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