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Game Preview: Islanders vs Ducks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

10-19-7 (27 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
5-6-7 home
Anaheim Ducks
27-7-5 (55 points - 1st in Pacific Division, 2nd in Western Conference)
12-7-3 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
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
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

A late second-period breakdown proved costly as the Islanders lost 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Dec. 9 at Honda Center. The score was tied 2-2 with a minute to go in the middle frame, but Cam Fowler and Corey Perry scored 31 seconds apart giving Anaheim a 4-2 lead. Perry finished the game with two goals, while Daniel Winnik (three assists) and Fowler (one goal, two assists) each had three points. John Tavares and Thomas Vanek scored for the Islanders in the loss.

Ducks player to watch
Corey Perry - Right Wing

Corey Perry makes up one half of the Ducks dynamic duo, skating alongside center Ryan Getzlaf. Perry, a former 50-goal scorer, is the Ducks’ top goal-scoring threat and sits third in the league with 22 goals through 37 games this season. Couple the 22 tallies with 15 assists and Perry is in ninth in league scoring, one point behind John Tavares. The 2010-11 Hart Trophy winner plays with an edge, and racked up over 100 PIMs in his last five full seasons, plus 72 in 44 games last season. Perry scored twice in the teams’ previous meeting on Dec. 9. 
Islanders Storylines
Point Streak: The Islanders have points in three straight games and are 2-1-2 in their last five games.
• Shorthanded: The Islanders scored two shorthanded goals against the New York Rangers on Friday night.
Grabner: Michael Grabner scored twice against the Rangers Friday and set up a goal for Frans Nielsen Tuesday against Tampa Bay. 
Isles Firsts: Ryan Strome picked up his first career NHL point and Brian Strait scored his first regular-season goal Friday against the Rangers.
Mighty Ducks: The Ducks  are 7-0-1 in December and haven’t lost in regulation since Nov. 26
The Matchup
16.1% (19th)
72.2% (30th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

15.7 (22nd)
80.7% (22nd)

New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome
15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 38 Eric Boulton

47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan  3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner
– 37 Brian Strait

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Anaheim Ducks previous game lines
17 Dustin Penner – 15 Ryan Getzlaf – 10 Corey Perry
21 Kyle Palmieri – 22 Mathieu Perreault – 8 Teemu Selanne
33 Jakob Silfverberg – 11 Saku Koivu –
7 Andrew Cogliano
18 Tim Jackman –
13 Nick Bonino34 Daniel Winnik


4 Cam Fowler – 6 Ben Lovejoy
23 Francois Beauchemin –
47 Hampus Lindholm
28 Mark Fistric –
55 Bryan Allen

1 Jonas Hiller
31 Frederik Andersen
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