Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks
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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.
Islanders 17.2% (19th) 73.8% (30th) 107 138 5-3-2
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10
Blackhawks 24.3 (3rd) 76.4% (28th) 158 115 7-1-2
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 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
Defensemen 47 Andrew MacDonald - 14 Thomas Hickey 44 Calvin de Haan - 3 Travis Hamonic 37 Brian Strait - 7 Matt Carkner
Goaltenders 20 Evgeni Nabokov 60 Kevin Poulin
Chicago Blackhawks previous game lines Forwards 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
Defensemen 2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook 8 Nick Leddy - 32 Michal Rozsival 4 Niklas Hjalmarsson - 27 Johnny Oduya