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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Nashville Predators

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

2-1-1 (5 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
1-1-0 road
Nashville Predators
1-3-0 (2 points - 7th in Central Division, 13th in Western Conference)
1-1-0 home
8:00 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
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 (0-1-0)
The last meeting between the Islanders and Predators was back on Jan. 16, 2012 at Nassau Coliseum. The Predators got off to a hot start with three goals in the first 12 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory. John Tavares scored the Islanders only goal, with Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo picking up assists. The Islanders haven't played in Nashville since December 2010.

Predators player to watch
Filip Forsberg - Center

Fliip Forsberg was the top-ranked European prospect heading into the 2012 NHL Draft after tearing up the Swedish leagues as a teenager, and the 19-year-old made the Predators 23-man roster out of training camp in September. Forsberg, whose playing style has been compared to that of Corey Perry, netted his first career goal on opening night, Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota. It will be interesting to see if the Ostervala, Sweden native, who talked to last summer, already has the tools to make a big impact at the NHL level.

Islanders Storylines
• Josh Bailey has goals in two consecutive games, and four multi-point efforts in his last 14 games.
• Michael Grabner registered his fifth helper of the season on Oct. 11 at Chicago, matching his assist output from the 2012-13 season.
• Cal Clutterbuck made his Islanders debut Oct. 11 at Chicago, registering 8:35 of ice time.
• Evgeni Nabokov is 14-8-3 with two shutouts and a 2.26 GAA in his career against Nashville.
The Matchup
25.0% (8th)
90.9% (5th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

14.3% (21st)
64.7% (28th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 40 Michael Grabner
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
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
Nashville Predators previous game lines
16 Rich Clune - 26 Matt Hendricks - 28 Paul Gaustad
27 Patric Hornqvist - 12 Mike Fisher - 33 Colin Wilson
15 Craig Smith - 7 Matt Cullen - 13 Nick Spaling
24 Eric Nystrom - 9 Filip Forsberg - 11 David Legwand

8 Kevin Klein - 42 Mattias Ekholm
3 Seth Jones - 6 Shea Weber
4 Ryan Ellis - 64 Victor Bartley

35 Pekka Rinne
30 Carter Hutton
Quote of the Day:

"I expect a hard-working team. They’re very structured. We watched them play Toronto the other night, and not taking anything away from Toronto, but that could have gone the other way for sure. Bernier had a great game. They come hard, so we’re going to have to make sure that we play high-percentage hockey in all three zones."

-Islanders head coach Jack Capuano,
on what he expects from the Predators

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