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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

2-0-1 (5 points – 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
1-0-0 road
Chicago Blackhawks
1-1-1 (3 points - 5th in Central Division, 11th in Western Conference)
1-0-1 home
8:00 p.m.
United Center
Chicago, IL
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2011-12 season series (0-0-2)
The Islanders and Blackhawks last met during the 2011-12 season. On Dec. 8, 2011, playing their second matchup in seven days, the Islanders stormed back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but Chicago won 3-2 on Patrick Sharp's game-winner at Nassau Coliseum. Travis Hamonic and Michael Grabner scored the goals for the Islanders.

Blackhawks player to watch
Patrick Kane - Right Wing

The Buffalo, NY native selected No. 1 overall in the 2008 NHL Draft has lived up to his billing, scoring 20-plus goals in each of his six NHL seasons (including the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign). Kane notched the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime for Chicago in 2010, and the series-clinching goal in double-overtime in the 2013 Western Conference Finals (capping off a hat trick).
Kane has one goal in all three of Chicago's games so far this season.
Islanders Storylines
• At 2-0-1, the Islanders are off to their best start through three games since the 2001-02 season (3-0-0).
• Michael Grabner registered his first career three assist game Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix.
• The line of Grabner, Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey has combined for 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) through three games.
The Islanders are 45-41-22 all-time against Chicago. They will meet once more this season, on Jan. 2, 2014.
The Matchup
30.0% (6th)
85.7% (8th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

36.4% (2nd)
44.4% (30th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 40 Michael Grabner
29 Brock Nelson – 16 Peter Regin – 96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
37 Brian Strait – 46 Matt Donovan

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Chicago Blackhawks previous game lines
29 Bryan Bickell - 19 Jonathan Toews - 88 Patrick Kane
81 Marian Hossa - 26 Michal Handzus - 10 Patrick Sharp
20 Brandon Saad - 65 Andrew Shaw - 22 Jimmy Hayes
52 Brandon Bollig - 16 Marcus Kruger - 42 Joakim Nordstrom
2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook
8 Nick Leddy - 17 Sheldon Brookbank
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson - 27 Johnny Oduya

50 Corey Crawford
39 Nikolai Khabibulin
Quote of the Day:

"Huge test. We're playing the Stanley Cup champs and they're champs for a reason. They do a lot of things right. Offensively, they're the best team in the league to me as far as the skill level they have. They activate their D. You talk about a unit of five - it's like they have five forwards on the ice the way they play in the offensive zone with their cycling and getting involved off the rush. We have to make sure that we have good awareness in our own end and goaltending will be key tomorrow night.”

-Islanders head coach Jack Capuano,
on facing Chicago

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