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Isles seek first-ever win in Columbus

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

John Kreiser - Columnist

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Isles seek first-ever win in Columbus
New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

ISLANDERS (30-34-10) at BLUE JACKETS (30-32-12)

Last 10 -- New York 4-4-2; Columbus 5-4-1

Season series -- It's the second meeting of the season. The Islanders won 2-1 at the Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 29 when Rob Schremp scored the winner in a shootout.

Big story -- Both teams are 14th in their conference, and the only thing they'll will be making come mid-April are vacation plans, but both are coming off big wins. The Isles rebounded from a humiliating 5-0 road loss to the Rangers by beating Calgary 3-2 on Thursday night, putting a crimp in the Flames' playoff hopes. The Blue Jackets tied a franchise record for offense by routing Chicago 8-3.

Team Scope:

Islanders -- The Islanders pulled a no-show against the Rangers on Wednesday, which made the win over the Flames all the more satisfying.

"It was a great thing for our players to throw that game away and come out and play hard," coach Scott Gordon said.

The Isles got a solid effort in goal from Martin Biron -- who got a lot more help than his counterpart, Dwayne Roloson, received a night earlier.

"We all know that (game) should've been 15-0 if it wasn't for Rollie," Biron said, "so to be able to look each other in the eyes in the locker room this morning and assess the situation, its something good."

Blue Jackets -- Thursday was party night in Columbus, where the Jackets had their biggest offensive night at home in franchise history and matched the team record for goals in a game while burying the division-rival Blackhawks.

"It was a night that was enjoyable from the standpoint of creating offense and getting some goals," interim coach Claude Noel said. "It wasn't an outcome we anticipated. They are a very good team, and we certainly have a lot of respect for them. Their goaltending struggled a bit tonight, and that showed in the result of the game."

Who's hot -- Biron is 4-0-2 in his last six starts. … Kristian Huselius had a pair of goals for Columbus on Thursday and has 12 points in the Jackets' last six games.

Injury report -- The Isles are running through defensemen the way some teams run through tape. Mark Flood made his Isles debut Thursday after Dustin Kohn left Wednesday's game with a head injury -- becoming the 11th defenseman to play on Long Island this season. There might be a 12th, because Bruno Gervais reportedly is day-to-day with a groin strain. … The Jackets are without defensemen Jan Hejda (knee) and Rostislav Klesla (hip).

Stat pack -- The Islanders are still looking for their first victory at Nationwide Arena. They are 0-4-1-1 in Columbus, including a 3-1 loss in their last visit on Dec. 13, 2008. … The Isles' 3-2 win against Calgary marked only the second time this season they've won when trailing after two periods. They are 2-28-4 when down after 40 minutes.

Puck drop -- Though neither team has officially been eliminated, realistically there are no playoff berths on the line in this one -- but don't be surprised if it's an entertaining game. Both teams showed Thursday that they've still got some compete left in them, and a lot of players are trying to show management that they're worthy of jobs in the fall.

2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 27 '10 NYI 4 at CBJ 3 - OT J. Bailey
Dec 29 '09 CBJ 1 at NYI 2 - SO R. Schremp
K. Okposo73172946-153044
M. Moulson75271845+31655
J. Tavares75212344-1620102
M. Streit75103242+14482
J. Bailey68151934+91432
F. Nielsen69102333+7601
B. Comeau57121628-84002
R. Park7591827-132604
T. Hunter54101525+51430
R. Schremp4471825-4850
J. Hillen6221719+04010
J. Sim7011718-34210
B. Gervais6831417-132911
D. Weight3611617-1800
S. Bergenheim577916-43600
J. Tambellini337613-61230
F. Meyer574812-23800
A. Sutton544812-37300
T. Jackman47437-48000
A. MacDonald39156+61600
N. Thompson39156-143900
B. Witt42235-184501
D. Kohn22044-2400
R. Martinek16213-11200
M. Martin5022-12600
D. Reese12101+11200
J. Joensuu11101+4400
T. Gillies7011+02100
J. Rechlicz5000-1700
M. Flood2000-1000
A. Klementyev1000+0000
D. Roloson4723-17-613214662.90.910
M. Biron246-12-4707173.07.902
R. DiPietro82-5-0202012.60.900
R. Nash71313162-55495
A. Vermette75253762+22661
K. Huselius67233760-53685
R. Umberger75212950-133674
J. Voracek74143246-72641
D. Brassard7282533-163430
A. Stralman6662733-143340
R. Torres60191231-83273
F. Tyutin7352530-84732
K. Russell6571421-22501
C. Clark7371320-124801
J. Chimera398917-74711
S. Pahlsson7221214-113000
J. Hejda6231013-143610
D. Dorsett444812+69400
M. Commodore501910-105600
M. Roy3101010-21700
R. Klesla26268-72601
J. Boll68437-814900
M. Methot53257-104100
M. Jurcina44167+22401
F. Modin24246-61202
A. Murray41325-8600
D. MacKenzie18134+3000
G. Clitsome4123+3200
N. Filatov13202+0801
M. Blunden33112+24600
N. Paetsch19112-31200
A. Picard9000-31000
M. Mayorov4000-1000
T. Sestito1000+0500
S. Mason5218-23-815114653.18.897
M. Garon3312-9-5798202.79.904