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Game Preview: Islanders at Canucks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

24-33-9 (57 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
15-17-1 road
Vancouver Canucks
29-27-10 (68 points - 5th in Pacific Division, 13th in Western Conference)
16-10-6 home
10:00  p.m.
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, BC

Television: MSG PLUS
Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Finish Strong: After losing two late leads in Alberta, the Islanders are looking to finish their four-game trip on a high note in Vancouver. 
Road Islanders: The Islanders are 11-4-1 in their last 16 road games.
Bailey's Milestone: Josh Bailey recorded his 100th career assist Friday night in Calgary. 
• McDonald Chipping In: Colin McDonald is on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).
Canucks Storylines
• Kesler Stays:
Despite trade rumors, Ryan Kesler was not moved by the Canucks at the NHL trade deadline.
Kassian Suspended: Zack Kassian will miss Monday's game as he serves a three-game ban.
Daniel Sedin Injured: Daniel Sedin sustained a lower-body injury during the Tim Horton's Heritage Classic on Mar. 2 and hasn't played since.
Luongo Traded: The Canucks traded Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers at the NHL trade deadline.
Islanders player to watch
Brock Nelson - Forward

Brock Nelson is developing into an effective secondary scorer in his first season with the Islanders. The 22-year-old rookie has 11 goals and 21 points in 56 games this season playing primarily on the third line. At 6’3”, Nelson is the tallest Islanders forward and has played many roles under Jack Capuano. Nelson scored his first-career goal on Oct. 22 against the Canucks. 
Canucks player to watch
Ryan Kesler - Forward

Ryan Kesler leads the Canucks with 21 goals this season and is third in team scoring with 39 points. The feisty, two-way center has been a central part of the Canucks core over the past six seasons. Kesler is a former 40-goal scorer, a two-time 70-point player and a Selke Trophy winner. The US Olympian had a goal and an assist against the Islanders on Oct. 22.
2013-14 season series (0-0-1)

The Islanders lost the series opener to the Canucks 5-4, in overtime, on Oct. 22 at Nassau Coliseum. Frans Nielsen forced overtime in the final two minutes of regulation, but Brad Richardson scored the game-winner in the extra frame. Brock Nelson scored his first NHL goal in the loss.

The Matchup
15.9% (22nd)
77.6% (29th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

13.9% (27th)
84.5% (5th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
40 Michael Grabner51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee – 18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo


44 Calvin de Haan – 46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 3 Travis Hamonic
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Vancouver Canucks previous game lines
20 Chris Higgins - 17 Ryan Kesler - 46 Nicklas Jensen
14 Alexandre Burrows - 33 Henrik Sedin - 36 Jannik Hansen
29 Tom Sestito - 27 Shawn Matthias - 7 David Booth
49 Darren Archibald - 45 Jordan Schroeder - 21 Zac Dalpe

2 Dan Hamhuis - 8 Chris Tanev
23 Alex Edler - 3 Kevin Bieksa
5 Jordan Garrison - 6 Yannick Weber

31 Eddie Lack
35 Jacob Markstrom
Quote of the Day:
Kyle Okposo on Friday's loss to the Calgary Flames
It’s mental at this point. We give up one then we sit back and let them back in the game. We have to say enough’s enough
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