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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

22-16-5 (49 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
12-5-2 road
Toronto Maple Leafs
24-14-5 (53 points - 3rd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
13-7-2 home
7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-1)
The Islanders won the first matchup against the Maple Leafs, but lost the second contest in overtime at Nassau Coliseum. On Feb. 28, Josh Bailey, Lubomir Visnovsky and Andrew MacDonald recorded their first goals of the season, and Kyle Okposo posted three points (one goal, two assists) as the Islanders overcame a two-goal third period deficit to force overtime. But Dion Phaneuf scored 1:11 into overtime to give the Leafs the 5-4 win.

Maple Leafs player to watch
Dion Phaneuf - Defense

Toronto captain and No. 1 defenseman Dion Phaneuf ranks fifth among NHL blueliners with eight goals, and sixth with 26 points. The Edmonton, AB native scored the game-winning goal in overtime the last time the two teams met, and has posted double-digit goal totals in six of his seven seasons in the league. Phaneuf also has a physical edge, as evidenced by his 785 career penalty minutes in 595 games played.

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (6-0-2) and in 11 of their last 12 overall (9-1-2).
The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in seven straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 13 games.
•In the month of April, Evgeni Nabokov has turned aside 165-of-174 shots (.948 save percentage). He has 21 wins on the season, one off the league lead.
The Islanders magic number for clinching a playoff spot is 8. Of the teams not in a playoff spot, Winnipeg can reach the highest total (56 points).
The Matchup
21.6% (30/139)
81.3% (105/129)
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

Maple Leafs
18.1% (27/149)
87.0% (121/139)
New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
6 Jesse Joensuu - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald

47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Toronto Maple Leafs previous game lines
21 James van Riemsdyk - 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel
41  Nikolai Kulemin - 43 Nazem Kadri - 19 Joffrey Lupul
84 Mikhail Grabovski - 11 Jay McClement - 47 Leo Komarov
48 Ryan Hamilton - 28 Colton Orr - 38 Frazer McLaren

3 Dion Phaneuf - 51 Jake Gardiner
4 Cody Franson - 45 Mark Fraser
23 Ryan O'Byrne - 24 John-Michael Liles

30 Ben Scrivens
34 James Reimer

Quote of the Day

I think we’re excited to get in there. It’s always fun to play in Toronto, and there’s quite a few guys from the area. It’s always a good place to go back to. It’s going to be a tough game. They’ve got a really good team. We’re going to have to bring a lot of the same energy as we have the last few games.

Forward Josh Bailey, on facing the Maple Leafs

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