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Game Preview: Islanders at Blue Jackets

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

ISLANDERS (27-13-1) at BLUE JACKETS (18-18-3)

TV: MSG+, FS-O


Season series: The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New York Islanders in three of four games last season. Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was 3-1-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and a shutout. Islanders forwards John Tavares and Frans Nielsen each had three points.

Islanders team scope: New York has won once in 10 games at Nationwide Arena. "Obviously [the Blue Jackets] are a good team, they come hard, they are healthy now," coach Jack Capuano told MSG Network after the Islanders defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime Friday. "For us, it is a tough building to play in." The win ended a two-game losing streak. Tavares had two goals and an assist and has seven points in his past four games. Forward Mikhail Grabovski sustained a lower-body injury in the first period; he is questionable. The Islanders are 3-2-0 on a seven-game road trip that ends Tuesday at the New York Rangers.

Blue Jackets team scope: Columbus was defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Friday. The Blue Jackets have not lost two straight games since a six-game losing streak from Nov. 18-29; they are 12-3-1 since. Bobrovsky signed a four-year contract extension Friday then made 27 saves. Forward Ryan Johansen had two goals and has a goal in five consecutive games and a point in nine straight (six goals, five assists). Forward Nick Foligno has nine points in his past five games (one goal, eight assists).

New York Islanders
27-13-1 (55 points – 1st in Metropolitan Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
13-9-1 road
Columbus Blue Jackets
18-18-3 (39 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, T-12th in Eastern Conference)
9-9-2 home
7:00  p.m.
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, OH

Television:
MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders News:
- Islanders 3, Devils 2 OT (Jan. 9)
- Islanders TV: Capuano, de Haan, Tavares (Jan. 9)
- NHL Live: Remembering J.P. Parise (Jan. 9)
- Okposo, Capuano reflect on J.P. Parise (Jan. 9)
Islanders player to watch
John Tavares - Forward

John Tavares was the hero of Friday’s win over the New Jersey Devils, scoring the tying and winning goals in the Islanders 3-2 overtime win. Tavares’ OT winner was his franchise-leading seventh and third this season. The Islanders captain also assisted on Josh Bailey’s opening goal, giving him three points on the night. Tavares has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last three games.
Blue Jackets player to watch
Ryan Johansen - Forward

Ryan Johansen is proving that his breakout season in 2013-14 was no fluke. The Blue Jackets center is having a solid 2014-15 with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 39 games. Johansen is red hot, riding a nine-game point streak (six goals, five assists), including a five-game goal streak. The Vancouver, BC, native scored two goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
84 Mikhail Grabovski - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee - 51 Frans Nielsen - 18 Ryan Strome
40 Michael Grabner - 29 Brock Nelson - 12 Josh Bailey
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 86 Nikolay Kulemin

Defensemen
44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic
2 Nick Leddy - 55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey - 46 Matt Donovan

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
30 Chad Johnson

Columbus Blue Jackets previous game lines
Forwards
43 Scott Hartnell - 19 Ryan Johansen - 71 Nick Foligno
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
37 Sean Collins - 41 Alexander Wennberg - 10 Jack Skille
9 Jeremy Morin - 55 Mark Letestu - 40 Jared Boll

Defensemen
7 Jack Johnson - 58 David Savard
4 Kevin Connauton - 21 James Wisniewski
29 Cody Goloubef - 51 Fedor Tyutin

Goaltenders
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
31 Curtis McElhinney


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