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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

13-21-7 (33 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
5-8-7 home
Chicago Blackhawks
28-7-7 (63 points - 1st in Central Division, 2nd in Western Conference)
13-5-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)
The Islanders took a 2-2 tie into the third period, but dropped a 3-2 decision to the reigning Stanley Cup champions on Oct. 11, 2013. Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored second period goals to notch the game at two, but Michael Handzus scored the winner 6:45 into the third period. Kevin Poulin made 25 saves in his first start of the season for the Islanders.
Blackhawks player to watch
Jonathan Toews - Center

The Blackhawks captain is off to one of his best seasons statistically, with 40 points (15g/25a) in 42 games. Toews offensive production compliments his superb defensive game, as he is the reigning Selke Trophy winner for best defensive forward. The two-time Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist is a born-winner and makes the Hawks a tough team to play against. Toews has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last four games.

Islanders Storylines
Comebacks: The Islanders have come-from-behind for wins in their last two games. The Isles trailed 3-0, but beat Minnesota 5-4 on Sunday and trailed 3-1 in a 5-3 win over Boston on Tuesday. In each game, the Islanders scored four unanswered goals.
Okposo! Kyle Okposo has 11 points (5g/6a) on his current seven-game point streak.
Vanek: Thomas Vanek is riding a six-game point streak (3g/6a).
Last 10: The Isles are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.
Power Play: The Islanders power play converted four of their first six opportunities Tuesday night in Boston.
The Matchup
17.2% (19th)
73.8% (30th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

24.3 (3rd)
76.4% (28th)

New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson - 18 Ryan Strome - 13 Colin McDonald
16 Peter Regin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

47 Andrew MacDonald - 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan -
3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Chicago Blackhawks previous game lines
81 Marian Hossa - 19 Jonathan Toews - 10 Patrick Sharp
23 Kris Versteeg - 26 Michal Handzus - 88 Patrick Kane
29 Bryan Bickell - 65 Andrew Shaw - 20 Brandon Saad
52 Brandon Bollig - 16 Marcus Kruger - 28 Ben Smith

2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook
8 Nick Leddy - 32 Michal Rozsival
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson - 27 Johnny Oduya

31 Antti Raanta
30 Jason Labarbera
Whats Happening at the Coliseum:
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting St. Joseph’s College
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Upcoming Coat Drive 1/25
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