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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

14-15-3 (31 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
8-4-1 road
Washington Capitals
15-16-1 (31 points - 3rd in Southeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
8-7-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center
Washington, DC
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders won the first matchup between the two teams on March 9 at Nassau Colsiseum. With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, John Tavares netted a pair of power play goals just 30 seconds apart, and Frans Nielsen's shorthanded tally later in the period finished the scoring at 5-2. Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas also scored as the Islanders outshot Washington 45-24, including 19-5 in the third period when the Capitals got into penalty trouble.

Capitals player to watch
Mike Ribeiro - Center

First-year Capital Mike Ribeiro leads the team in scoring with 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists). A crafty stickhandler who looks to pass first, the Montreal, QC native ranks fourth in the league with 24 helpers
. Ribeiro has shown the ability to score in bunches, posting 11 multi-point games this season, although he was held scoreless in the March 9 contest at the Islanders. The 33-year-old has recorded 60-plus points in four of the last five seasons, eclipsing 70 points twice and 80 points in 2007-08.
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders begin a four-game road trip tonight in Washington. 13 of the Isles last 18 games will come on the road.
•Evgeni Nabokov posted 26 saves in a 3-0 shutout of Florida on Mar. 24 for the 55th shutout of his career.
•The Islanders are 11-3-1 in games in which they score a power play goal.
The Islanders have scored 58 goals in their 14 wins (4.14 per game), and 33 in their other 18 games (1.83 per game).
The Matchup
22.6% (26/115)
80.2% (81/101)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

24.8% (27/109)
77.1% (91/118)
New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 16 Marty Reasoner – 53 Casey Cizikas

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

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Washington Capitals projected lines
20 Troy Brouwer - 9 Mike Ribeiro - 21 Brooks Laich
8 Alex Ovechkin - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 90 Marcus Johansson
42 Joel Ward - 26 Matt Hendricks - 83 Jay Beagle
25 Jason Chimera - 85 Mathieu Perreault - 16 Eric Fehr

38 Jack Hillen - 74 John Carlson
27 Karl Alzner - 52 Mike Green
61 Steve Oleksy - 81 Dmitry Orlov

70 Braden Holtby
30 Michal Neuvirth

Quote of the Day

"We've played good hockey on the road. We can’t get complacent with that and think it’s going to come just because we’re back on the road. We’re playing some tough teams battling in some tough spots. It’s going to be a heck of a week and we’re excited for it. We’ve got to bring our best games the rest of the year because things are tight and points are going to be hard to come by."

Center John Tavares,
on the upcoming four-game road trip

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