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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Jets

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders
The New York Islanders go for their third straight win Tuesday when they host the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Coliseum.


The Islanders league-leading offense (3.88 goals-per-game) is coming in hot after reeling off seven goals in a 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Frans Nielsen stole the show with a third-period hat trick, but the Islanders secondary scoring came through as a unit, producing all seven goals without the aid of captain and scoring-leader John Tavares.

Nikolay Kulemin contributed a goal and two assists, while Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Lubomir Visnovsky rounded out the offense. Kulemin, Lee and Visnovsky each scored his first goal of the season.

The Jets enter the game on the heels of a 2-1 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, improving their record to 3-5-0.

Bryan Little (5G, 1A) and Tobias Enstrom (6A) are tied for the team scoring lead with six points. Little, who leads the Jets in goals, played the hero Sunday night, scoring the overtime winner with 25 seconds to play. Enstrom leads the team in assists.

Hulking winger Dustin Byfuglien (6’5, 260 lbs.) leads the team in plus/minus with a +4 rating and makes up a physically imposing line with Chris Thorburn (6’3, 235 lbs.) and Adam Lowry (6’5, 207 lbs.).

The Jets are without Evander Kane, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since Oct. 11. Kane is travelling with the team, but will not play tonight against the Islanders.

Travis Hamonic (upper body) and Josh Bailey (hand) skated prior to Monday’s practice. Hamonic is considered day-to-day, while Bailey is expected to miss more significant time, although less time than Head Coach Jack Capuano previously thought. Both players will be monitored closely and Capuano said there was a “good chance” both players will accompany the team on their five-game road trip starting Thursday.

The Islanders went 1-1-0 against the Jets last season. The Islanders beat the Jets in overtime on Mar. 4 at MTS Centre, but dropped a 3-2 decision on Nov. 27 at Nassau Coliseum.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

New York Islanders
6-2-0 (12 points – 1st in Metropolitan Division, T-2nd in Eastern Conference)
3-1-0 home
Winnipeg Jets
3-5-0 (6 points - 7th in Central Division, 14th in Western Conference)
1-2-0 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television:
MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders News:
- Nielsen Named NHL's Third Star of the Week (10/27)
- Isles TV: Nielsen's Third Star Reaction (10/27)
- Islanders Prospect Report (10/27)

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
- Lower Lobby 4:45 p.m.
- Doors 5:45 p.m.
- Cosmos Soccer Night
- Halloween Basket Raffle
Islanders player to watch
Anders Lee - Forward

Anders Lee scored his first goal of the 2014-15 campaign Saturday night, playing in just his second game since earning a callup on Oct. 22. Eighteen months ago, Lee scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shift against the Winnipeg Jets. In 26 career NHL games, the Edina, Minn. native now has 11 goals and 17 points.
Jets player to watch
Bryan Little - Forward

The Winnipeg Jets found a hero in Bryan Little Sunday, when he scored a game-winning goal in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche. Little’s five goals this season lead Winnipeg through their first eight games. Little now has points in three straight games and is looking to build on a career-high 64-point campaign last season.
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
89 Cory Conacher 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee 
29 Brock Nelson18 Ryan Strome
84 Mikhail Grabovski51 Frans Nielsen86 Nikolay Kulemin
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Defensemen

2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey
11 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Calvin de Haan 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
30 Chad Johnson
Winnipeg Jets previous game lines
Forwards
16 Andrew Ladd - 18 Bryan Little - 67 Michael Folik
85 Mathieu Perreault - 55 Mark Scheifele - 26 Blake Wheeler
22 Chris Thorburn - 17 Adam Lowry - 33 Dustin Byfuglien
21 T.J. Galiardi - 19 Jim Slater - 15 Matt Halischuk

Defensemen
5 Mark Stuart - 8 Jacob Trouba
44 Zach Bogosian - 39 Tobias Enstrom
24 Grant Clitsome - 4 Paul Postma

Goaltenders
31 Ondrej Pavalec
34 Michael Hutchinson


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