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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs 1/24/13

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

1-1-0 (2 points - 3rd in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
0-0-0 road
Toronto Maple Leafs
2-1-0 (4 points - 4th in Northeast Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
0-1-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

Television: MSG+
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders went 1-2-1 against the Maple Leafs last season, including a 5-2 Islanders win in the last matchup on March 20 at Air Canada Centre. With the game tied 2-2 in the third period, the Islanders exploded for three goals in the final frame, including two from Matt Moulson. John Tavares had a three-assist night, and Mark Streit added a pair of helpers as well. The Islanders controlled play all game long, outshooting the Maple Leafs 34-14.

Maple Leafs player to watch
James van Riemsdyk - Left Wing
Acquired last summer via trade from Philadelphia, the 23-year-old van Riemsdyk was held scoreless in the Leafs first two games before going off for three points (two goals, one assist) in a 5-2 win Wednesday at Pittsburgh. The Middletown, NJ native will most likely see time on the top line alongside Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. van Riemsdyk was originally selected second overall by the Flyers in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Islanders Storylines
•Thursday's game marks the front-end of the Islanders first back-to-back set this season. The Islanders will play seven back-to-back sets this year.
•C Keith Aucoin is 17-for-22 in the faceoff circle in his first two games as an Islander.
•Michael Grabner (4g/2a) and Kyle Okposo (4g/1a) are each on four-game point streaks, dating back to the final two games of last season.
•Thursday's game begins the first of two five-game road trips for the Islanders. The other will complete the regular season.
The Matchup
18.2% (2/11)
100% (5/5)


Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


Maple Leafs
20.0% (4/20)
84.6% (11/13)

New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas

2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
47 Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
52 Joe Finley - 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
Toronto Maple Leafs projected lines
21 James vam Riemsdyk - 84 Mikhail Grabovski - 41 Nikolai Kulemin
81 Phil Kessel - 42 Tyler Bozak - 19 Joffrey Lupul
16 Clarke MacArthur - 43 Nazem Kadri - 47 Leo Komarov
18 Mike Brown - 11 Jay McClement - 28 Colton Orr

53 Michael Kostka - 3 Dion Phaneuf
24 John-Michael Liles - 51 Jake Gardiner
8 Mike Komisarek - 36 Carl Gunnarsson

34 James Reimer
30 Ben Scrivens
Quote of the Day
"It’s very strange. I’ve never been traded or picked up on waivers. It’s a new situation. I know a lot of those guys from playing with them with the Marlies (AHL) and in Training Camp. It’s definitely going to be a little weird. I’ve never been through it. But I’m just going to attack it with the same mindset as if it’s just another game."

-Islanders center Keith Aucoin,
on playing against his former team

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