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Game Preview: Islanders at Oilers

by Sarah Holzberg / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

24-32-8 (56 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
15-16-0 road
Edmonton Oilers
21-34-8 (50 points - 7th in Pacific Division, 14th in Western Conference)
11-15-3 home
9:30  p.m.
Rexall Place
Edmonton, AB

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
Road Islanders: The Islanders are 11-3-0 in their last 14 road games.
MacDonald Traded: Andrew MacDonald was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two draft picks and a prospect on Tuesday.
• Vanek Traded: Thomas Vanek was traded to Montreal for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd-round pick. 
• Lee Lights the Lamp: Anders Lee has four points (3G, 1A) in four games since being recalled on Feb. 24.
Oilers Storylines
• Crease Shuffling:
The Oilers acquired goaltender Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks and shipped goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild.
• Kids and the Hall: Taylor Hall leads the Oilers with 58 points (20G, 38A), while young forwards Jordan Eberle (20-27-47) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15-28-43) are second and third, respectively.
Hemsky: Longtime-Oiler Ales Hemsky was dealt to the Ottawa Senators for draft picks on Wednesday.
Islanders player to watch
Colin McDonald - Forward

Colin McDonald picked up his fifth goal of the season Tuesday night in Winnipeg. playing with Ryan Strome and Anders Lee. McDonald brings energy and a physical presence to the Islanders bottom six and is third on the team with 156 hits. The Islanders grinder has shown that he fits in well on both the third and fourth lines.
Oilers player to watch
Jordan Eberle- Forward

Jordan Eberle is the second leading scorer on the Oilers with 47 points this season (20g/27a). The Regina, Sask., native has points in two straight games for the Oilers, including the game-winning goal Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators. Eberle is a core piece of the Oilers youth movement and a key offensive threat. Eberle had one assist against the Islanders on Oct. 17.
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)

The New York Islanders rallied for a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 17 at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares scored the winning goal late in the second period, as he and Kyle Okposo lifted the Islanders out of a 2-1 hole. Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders, while Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves in the win.

The Matchup
16.4% (22nd)
77.5% (29th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

16.7% (21st)
81.9% (15th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
40 Michael Grabner51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
27 Anders Lee
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton


44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait – 7 Matt Carkner

45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Edmonton Oilers previous game lines
4 Taylor Hall – 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 64 Nail Yakupov
83 Ales Hemsky – 89 Sam Gagner – 14 Jordan Eberle
23 Matt Hendricks – 27 Boyd Gordon – 57 David Perron
20 Luke Gazdic – 94 Ryan Smyth – 28 Ryan Jones

15 Nick Schultz – 19 Justin Schultz
21 Andrew Ference – 5 Mark Fraser
85 Martin Marincin – 2 Jeff Petry

35 Viktor Fasth
30 Ben Scrivens
Quote of the Day:
Jack Capuano on the Isles 3-2 OT win over the Jets:
They had all of those consecutive power plays and we had a short bench. They had extended-zone time and it wore us down a little bit, but I thought our guys stayed with it and stayed the course. With everything that’s going right now, it’s about staying together.
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