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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Canucks

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

CANUCKS (33-22-3) at ISLANDERS (39-19-2)


Season series: Nick Bonino and Linden Vey scored in the second period to help the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders at Rogers Arena on Jan. 6. Eddie Lack made 21 saves for Vancouver.

Canucks team scope: Vancouver will play the third of a five-game road trip; it split the first two games. With the Islanders moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn this fall, Sunday marks the last regular-season trip to Nassau Coliseum for Canucks forward Chris Higgins, who grew up in Smithtown, N.Y. "It's still where the NHL happened, and getting the opportunity to play there was always cool," Higgins told the Vancouver Sun. "I think it just has that charm. If you're not from there, maybe you don't understand it. But for a hockey fan on Long Island, the Coliseum always meant something." The Canucks could be without forward Alexandre Burrows, who missed a 4-2 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Friday because of a lower-body injury. Vancouver recalled forward Nicklas Jensen from Utica of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Jensen does not have a point in five games with the Canucks this season; he has 10 goals and 10 assists in 38 AHL games.

Islanders team scope: New York returns home after a 3-2 shootout loss at the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The Islanders were able to get a point thanks to a goal by Ryan Strome with 47.8 seconds left in the third period. "We battled back in this game; we didn't surrender much to a good hockey club," coach Jack Capuano said. "Ryan came up big for us." Jaroslav Halak is expected to be the starting goalie for the Islanders after backup Chad Johnson played at Washington. Halak has 32 wins which tie the Islanders record for a single season. Capuano could also insert defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky into the lineup; he was a healthy scratch against the Capitals.

New York Islanders
39-19-2 (80 points – 1st in Metropolitan Division, T-2nd in Eastern Conference)
21-7-0 home
Vancouver Canucks
33-22-3 (69 points 2nd in Pacific Division, 6th in Western Conference)
17-11-2 road
6:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum

Uniondale, NY

Play-by-play: Howie Rose
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders News:
- Capitals 3, Islanders 2 SO (Feb 21)
- Post-Game Video (Feb. 21)

Islanders player to watch
Travis Hamonic - Defense

Travis Hamonic hit a career milestone Saturday, scoring his 100th career point against the Washington Capitals. Hamonic has 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) this season and is four points shy of matching a career high, set in the 2010-11 season. Hamonic has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 14 games since the NHL All-Star Break.

Canucks player to watch
Daniel Sedin - Center

Daniel Sedin is enjoying a bounce-back season, posting 51 points (13 goals, 38 assists) in 58 games surpassing his 47 points from last season. Daniel is second in team scoring, trailing brother Henrik by one point. Sedin is an eight-time, 20-goal scorer, but is piling up the assists this season, notching five helpers in his last three games.
New York Islanders previous game lines
27 Anders Lee
91 John Tavares 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner 51 Frans Nielsen 18 Ryan Strome
86 Nikolay Kulemin
29 Brock Nelson
15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 48 Kael Mouillierat
13 Colin McDonald


2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
37 Brian Strait
3 Travis Hamonic
44 Calvin de Haan 14 Thomas Hickey

30 Chad Johnson
41 Jaroslav Halak
Vancouver Canucks previous game lines
22 Daniel Sedin - 33 Henrik Sedin - 17 Radim Vrbata
20 Chris Higgins - 7 Linden Vey - 9 Zack Kassian
Brandon McMillan - 27 Shawn Matthias - 51 Derek Dorsett
41 Ronalds Kenins - 53 Bo Horvat - 36 Jannik Hansen

2 Dan Hamhuis - 6 Yannick Weber
18 Ryan Stanton - 44 Adam Clendening
5 Luca Sbisa - Alex Biega

30 Ryan Miller
31 Eddie Lack

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