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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Blues

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

21-25-7 (49 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
8-10-7 home
St. Louis Blues
34-11-5 (73 points - 2nd in Central Division, 3rd in Western Conference)
16-6-3 road
1:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
Television: MSG Plus
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders lost the lone meeting between the teams this season, falling 5-1 on Dec. 5 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Derek Roy’s second-period winner broke open a 1-1 draw, but the Blues added three insurance goals en route to to the rout. Andrew MacDonald scored the lone goal for the Islanders.

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 5, 2013: STL 5, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Blues player to watch
Kevin Shattenkirk - Defense

With 35 points (8g/27a) in 49 games, Kevin Shattenkirk is on pace for a career year in St. Louis and should top his previous career-high of 43 points, set in each of the last two full seasons. The New Rochelle, NY, native scored the game-winning goal Thursday night against the Rangers and will represent the United States at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. Shattenkirk had two assists against the Islanders on Dec. 5, 2013.
Islanders Storylines
Vs. the West: The Islanders have won six straight games against Western Conference opponents.
Discipline: The Blues boast the league’s second-best power-play unit, converting at 23.9%. The Isles gave up three power-play goals in their last game against the Blues,and must stay out of the box today.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo scored his 52nd point (21g/31a) of the season Thursday, matching a career-high set in 2009-10.
Streaking: Frans Nielsen is riding a six-game point streak (1g/6a) while Okposo has points in four straight games (2g/4a).
The Matchup
Islanders
18.6% (17th)
75.6% (30th)
151
175
7-3-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Penguins
23.9 (2nd)
84.2% (6th)
173
116
6-4-0
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen

37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
 
Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
St. Louis Blues previous game lines
Forwards
9 Jaden Schwartz - 42 David Backes - 20 Alex Steen
25 Chris Stewart - 21 Patrik Berglund - 74 T.J. Oshie
56 Magnus Paajarvi - 17 Vladimir Sobotka - Vladirimir Tarasenko
10 Brenden Morrow - 40 Maxim Lapoerre - 75 Ryan Reaves

Defensemen
27 Alex Pietrangelo - 19 Jay  Bouwmeester
22 Kevin Shattenkirk - 5 Barret Jackman
28 Ian Cole - 46 Roman Polak

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
1 Brian Elliott
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
NHL Mascot Day – Meet and Greet starting at 11:30am
Lower Lobby opens at 11am
Doors open at 11:30am
Third Jersey Youth and Adult sizes 30% off
Upcoming Coat Drive

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