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Game Preview: Islanders at Maple Leafs

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

8-10-3 (19 points – 6th in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
3-6-0 road
Toronto Maple Leafs
12-7-1(25 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
7-2-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King, Color: Greg Picker
2012-13 season series (2-0-1)

The Islanders took points in every game vs. the Leafs last season, going 2-0-1 in three games. The Isles won both meetings in Toronto (7-4, 5-3), overcoming early deficits and scoring at least five goals in each win. They lost the lone matchup at Nassau Coliseum 5-4 in overtime, but ultimately took five of six points from the buds last season.

Maple Leafs player to watch
James van Riemsdyk - Left Wing

Van Riemsdyk enters the game tied for second in Leafs scoring with 15 points (9g/6a) through 18 games this season. The Leafs are currently understaffed due to injuries and suspensions, but the streaky winger remains a top threat. Van Riemsdyk had two goals in a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Saturday, busting out of a five-game slump. 
Islanders Storylines
Poulin: Kevin Poulin assumes the starter’s role for the Isles in wake of a groin injury to Evgeni Nabokov. The 23-year-old has wins over the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators this season.
Tavares: John Tavares is second in league scoring with 25 points (9g/16a) and is only one point shy of the league lead. The Islanders captain has eight points (2g/6a) on his current five-game point streak.
• Falling Leafs: Leafs' centers Tyler Bozak (hamstring), David Bolland (ankle) and Nazem Kadri (suspension) are all out for tonight’s contest.
Wins in Toronto: The Isles have won three straight in Toronto, scoring at least five goals in each win.
The Matchup
18.9% (16th)
72.3% (30th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

Maple Leafs
23.5 (3rd)
83.5% (11th)

New York Islanders previous game lines
29 Brock Nelson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 46 Matt Donovan
55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Toronto Maple Leafs previous game lines
21 James van Riemsdyk – 24 Peter Holland – 81 Phil Kessel
19 Joffrey Lupul – 23 Trevor Smith – 71 David Clarkson
12 Mason Raymond – 11 Jay McClement – 41 Nikolai Kuleman
38 Frazer McLaren – 22 Jerred Smithson – 28 Colton Orr

3 Dion Phaneuf – 36 Carl Gunnarsson
51 Jake Gardiner – 4 Cody Franson
2 Mark Fraser – 15 Paul Ranger

34 James Reimer
45 Jonathan Bernier

Quote of the Day:

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on Kevin Poulin:
"He got those three starts when he was playing well, but now he’s got an opportunity to play some more games. Just knowing him and the way he is, he’s going take this opportunity and make the most of it."

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