Season series (1-0-0) The Islanders and Maple Leafs met at Air Canada Centre in Toronto back on Jan 24. After trailing 3-1 at the end of the first period, the Isles stormed back to win 7-4. Michael Grabner led the way with two goals and an assist, including a shorthanded tally, which sealed the victory. Evgeni Nabokov made 39 saves on 43 shots to earn the win.
Maple Leafs player to watch Nazem Kadri - Center The seventh overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft now looks to be sticking around in the NHL. After a couple of seasons shuffling between the Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate, Kadri leads the Leafs with 18 points in 21 games and is a huge piece of the puzzle that has Toronto fans talking about the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Islanders Storylines •Thursday’s game against Toronto is the third of a seven-game home stand. The Islanders are 0-2-0 so far. •Thursday will mark the first visit by a Canadian team to the Coliseum this season. The Isles have played four games north of the border so far this year, compiling a 2-1-1 record. •The Islanders hope to keep the winning streak against Toronto in tact. The Isles have won each of their previous two matches against the Leafs and have earned at least one point in three straight.
Islanders 23.5% (19/81) 84.9% (62/73) 56 68 4-6-0
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10 games
Maple Leafs 16.5% (14/85) 81.7% (58/71) 59 51 6-4-0
New York Islanders projected lines Forwards 26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes 12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo 40 Michael Grabner – 16 Marty Reasoner – 41 David Ullstrom 17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
Defensemen 3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald 14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky 2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
Goaltenders 20 Evgeni Nabokov 60 Kevin Poulin
Toronto Maple Leafs projected lines Forwards 16 Clarke MacArthur – 43 Nazem Kadri - 28 Colton Orr 41 Nikolai Kulemin – 84 Mikhail Grabovski - 47 Leo Komarov 21 James van Riemsdyk – 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel 38 Frazier McLaren – 11 Jay McClement - 18 Mike Brown
Defensemen 3 Dion Phaneuf - 55 Korbinian Holzer 53 Michael Kostka – 36 Carl Gunnarsson 4 Cody Franson - 45 Mark Fraser
•Doors Open at 5:45pm •Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm •FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 20% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive a special gift) •Team Store Offer: Spend $100 and receive a NY Islanders fleece, or spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game •50/50 Raffle •Chuck-A-Puck •St. Patrick’s Jersey Auction •Sticks and Steaks Event