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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Winnipeg Jets

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

23-16-5 (51 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
13-5-2 road
Winnipeg Jets
23-19-2 (48 points - 2nd in Southeast Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
13-9-0 home
3:00 p.m.
MTS Centre
Winnipeg, MB
Television: MSG+
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 have won one and lost one against the Jets this season, with the loss coming Jan. 27 in overtime on the road. In the last meeting, Winnipeg led 2-1 in the second period before the Islanders rattled off four unanswered goals in a 5-2 victory at the Coliseum. Five different Islanders lit the lamp, including Anders Lee, who netted his first NHL goal on his first shot. Kevin Poulin turned aside 23-of-25 shots for his first win of the season, as the Isles outshot the Jets 39-25.

Jets player to watch
Andrew Ladd - Left Wing

Jets captain Andrew Ladd looks poised to lead the team in scoring for the second time in his three seasons with Atlanta/Winnipeg. The Maple Ridge, BC native has 18 goals and 26 assists through 44 games this season, and is riding a four-game multiple-point streak (six game point streak overall), helping the Jets to a five-game winning streak. Ladd has one assist in two games against the Islanders this season, but is coming off back-to-back three-point outings (4/18 vs. CAR - three assists; 4/16 vs. TBL - two goals, one assist).

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (7-0-2) and in 12 of their last 13 overall (10-1-2).
The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in eight straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 14 games.
•Andrew MacDonald leads the league with 116 blocked shots.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 216 hits.
The Islanders magic number for clinching a playoff spot is 6. Of the teams not in a playoff spot, Winnipeg can reach the highest total (56 points).
The Matchup
21.5% (31/144)
80.4% (107/133)
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

13.4% (18/134)
79.5% (101/127)
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

Winnipeg Jets previous game lines
16 Andrew Ladd - 18 Bryan Little - 26 Blake Wheeler
9 Evander Kane - 12 Olli Jokinen - 13 Kyle Wellwood
27 Eric Tangradi - 8 Alex Burmistrov - 15 Mike Santorelli
22 Chris Thorburn - 17 James Wright - 21 Aaron Gagnon

24 Grant Clitsome - 33 Dustin Byfuglien
6 Ron Hainsey - 44 Zach Bogosian
4 Paul Postma - 5 Mark Stuart

31 Ondrej Pavelec
35 Al Montoya

Quote of the Day

"It seems like on this little run here you can’t pull away from anyone because everyone behind us and right around us is getting wins. They’ve been playing some good hockey. We’ve been playing a lot of games in the past month or so that are of the utmost importance – this is just another one for us – a big two points."

Left wing Matt Moulson,
on Saturday's matchup with Winnipeg

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