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|Team Record: 33-36-11
Last Game: 3-1 L @ NJD
Season Series: 2-1-0 of 4
|Team Record: 37-34-9
Last Game: 5-4 OTW @ FLA
Season Series: 1-1-1 of 4
Staios made his NHL debut as a member of the Boston Bruins on March 21, 1996. Fifteen years later, in September 2011, he attended Islanders training camp as an invite. Two weeks after camp opened, he signed a one-year contract to continue his professional career. Thursday night, as an Isles assistant captain, he’ll play his 1,000th career game.
Staios brought an enormous amount of experience to a very young, up-and-coming team on Long Island. With that experience came a letter ‘A’ on his jersey and a chance to prove he still could play at the highest level. He’s done just that, often on a defensive pair with Captain Mark Streit, steadying the game for the youngsters still learning their way. This milestone game represents Staios’ dedication, will, hardwork and passion for the game of hockey; it will be yet one more lesson he can teach his teammates without a word.
Winding down his fourth NHL season, Wheeler is hitting full stride, leading the Jets in assists (46) and points (63). He’s tied with Bryan Little and Evander Kane for the most power-plays goals (6) on the squad and unloaded the fourth-most shots on net of any Jet.
His career highs this season are revealing the potential Phoenix originally saw when they drafted Wheeler fifth overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, behind only Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Cam Barker and his current captain, Andrew Ladd. Wheeler also knows how to walk the disciplined line of aggression, playing physical when necessary and taking only 51 penalty minutes this year. That’s number four amongst Winnipeg forwards.
All the Streit Moves: Mark Streit’s return from injury this season has headlined what could turn out to be one of his finest years in the NHL. Missing an entire season due to a shoulder injury had outsiders wondering if he could come back at the same All-Star level he played at previously. Garth Snow had no doubts when he named Streit the first-ever Swiss captain of an NHL team in Training Camp and his assist Tuesday in New Jersey gave him 39 on the season – good enough to join Denis Potvin and Stefan Persson as the only Isles d-men to pick up that many assists in three consecutive years.
Youngstar: With his primary assist on Matt Moulson’s goal Tuesday night in New Jersey, youngster John Tavares became the second-youngest Islander to reach 200 points at 21 years and 260 days. This is only 135 days older than Bryan Trottier was when he tallied his 200th point in 1977. He was 160 days younger than Mr. 50-in-50, Mike Bossy, when the Boss reached 200 career points in 1978.
Best of the Best: With his 35th goal of the year on Tuesday, Matt Moulson kept up the pace with his elite scoring club peers. Including Moulson, only six players have scored at least 30 goals in each of the last three seasons – Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk and Phil Kessel.
The Islanders scored three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 14 at MTS Centre. Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau and Matt Martin each scored for the Isles after Chris Throburn put the Jets up 1-0. Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves in the victory while Ondrej Pavelec surrendered two goals on 24 shots.
Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Jets.
IslandersPower play: 18.9%
Penalty kill: 80.9%
Home record: 16-18-6
Road record: 17-18-5
Goals For: 195
Goals Against: 244
JetsPower play: 18.3%
Penalty kill: 79.7%
Home record: 23-14-4
Road record: 14-21-5
Goals For: 214
Goals Against: 237
Answer from Sunday's question: When the Colorado Rockies moved to New Jersey in 1982, the Islanders owned their new neighbors putting together a massive winning streak. How long was it? The answer is: 4 games. The Islanders went 14-0 against the Devils in the 1982-83 and 83-84 seasons. New Jersey finally got on the board with a win in the first meeting of the 1984-85 season.
Check back after media availability for starting goalie and lineups. Follow @NYIslanders for any updates.
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Quote of the Day: Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan on playing with his old AHL d-partner in his NHL debut: "It made it so much more comfortable for me. It was pretty easy jumping in there with Reeser and it made playing out there a lot easier."
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