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Game Preview: Islanders at Ducks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders
The New York Islanders draw a tough assignment Wednesday night, as they face off against Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and the league-leading Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.


Perry leads the NHL with 11 goals in 13 games and leads the Ducks with 15 points (11G, 4A) while his linemate, Ryan Getzlaf, has nearly reciprocal stats (3G, 11A). Odds are if Perry scores, Getzlaf will be involved in the play and vice versa.

“You’re not going to stop them, but you have to contain them,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “You have to respect them, but you have to limit their time and space and ability to make plays.”

The Islanders welcomed back Travis Hamonic on Saturday night, meaning their entire back end – excluding Matt Carkner – is healthy and available for tonight’s game. The Islanders defensemen know priority number one is shutting down the Ducks duo.

“Using our speed, using our skating and getting on them quick is going to be huge,” Nick Leddy said. “The more we can keep them in their own zone, the better.”

Priority number two will be to avoid the post-whistle hi-jinx. Perry, Getzlaf and newcomer Ryan Kesler are known for mixing it up after the whistle and goading teams into taking penalties, which the Islanders must avoid. The Ducks power play is converting at 25% at the Pond while the Islanders PK is ranked 30th.

“Don’t get sucked into their shenanigans after the whistle,” de Haan said. “We have to be mentally tough out there and not take dumb penalties. Just stay calm and doing what we have to do.”

The Islanders have struggled to score of late, netting one goal over their last two games. Capuano shuffled his lines again Monday, slotting Nikolay Kulemin on the top line to jumpstart the offense.

After running into a red-hot Semyon Varlamov in Colorado and a formidable Antti Niemi in San Jose, the Islanders may be catching a break, as the Ducks have suffered injuries in goal. Frederik Andersen, who leads the league in goals against average and save percentage, sat out the Ducks last game with leg tightness. His backup, John Gibson, was injured in the pre-game skate and was sent to IR Tuesday. If Andersen doesn’t return, Jason LaBarbera is slated to make his second straight start after winning Sunday in Colorado.

Not having to face one of the league’s top goalies is a potentially a big break for the Islanders, but the Ducks tightened up in front of LaBarbera, allowing only 18 shots in the 3-2 win.

Capuano has not revealed a starter for tonight’s game. Stay tuned to NewYorkIslanders.com for morning skate updates. Puck drop goes at 10:30 p.m. eastern time.

New York Islanders
6-5-0 (12 points – T-3rd in Metropolitan Division, T-4th in Eastern Conference)
3-3-0 road
Anaheim Ducks
10-3-0 (20 points - 1st in Pacific Division, 1st in Western Conference)
4-1-0 home
10:30  p.m.
Honda Center
Anaheim, CA

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

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Greg Picker
Islanders News:
- Rules of the Road: Butch Goring (Nov. 3)
- Rules of the Road: Travis Hamonic (Oct. 31)
- Playing with an Edge (Nov. 4)

Islanders player to watch
Nick Leddy - Forward

Nick Leddy is on the cusp of a career milestone, as he sits one point shy of 100. The Islanders defenseman is tied with partner Johnny Boychuk with a team-leading plus-five rating and leads all Isles blueliners with three goals. Leddy is averaging 19:59 TOI this season, up over three minutes from last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Ducks player to watch
Corey Perry - Defenseman

Corey Perry is on a tear this season, netting a league-leading 11 goals in his first 13 games. Perry leads the Ducks offense with 15 total points and makes up one half of the NHL’s most prolific duos with center Ryan Getzlaf. The 6’3, 213 lbs. winger plays with an edge (25 pims) and was named the NHL’s player of the month for October. 

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
29 Brock Nelson 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin
18 Ryan Strome – 27 Anders Lee
84 Mikhail Grabovski51 Frans Nielsen86 Nikolay Kulemin
89 Cory Conacher – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
2 Nick Leddy
55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey
11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
30 Chad Johnson
Anaheim Ducks previous game lines
Forwards
19 Patrick Maroon - 15 Ryan Getzlaf - 10 Corey Perry
7 Andrew Cogliano - 17 Ryan Kesler - 12 Devante Smith-Pelly
39 Matt Beleskey - 38 William Karlsson - 33 Jakob Silfverberg
18 Tim Jackman - 44 Nate Thompson - 16 Emerson Etem

Defensemen
23 Francois Beauchemin - 47 Hampus Lindholm
45 Sami Vatanen - 4 Cam Fowler
Josh Manson - 3 Clayton Stoner

Goaltenders
Jason LaBarbera
Igor Bobkov


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