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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

10-11-3 (23 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
4-8-2 home
Washington Capitals
10-11-1 (21 points - 3rd in Southeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
3-6-1 road
1:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders are went 2-0-2 last season against the Capitals, losing after regulation in the last two matchups. On March 13, the Islanders built a 4-1 lead but allowed Washington to tie the game in the third before Matt Hendricks ended it in the fourth round of the shootout. John Tavares scored his 29th and 30th goals and added an assist, while Travis Hamonic posted a goal and two helpers. Keith Aucoin, skating for the Capitals at the time, registered three assists.

Mar. 13, 2013: WSH 5, NYI 4 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Capitals player to watch
Alex Ovechkin - Left Wing
After a slow start to 2012-13, the 27-year-old left wing has points in five of his last six games (four goals, six assists). The Moscow native has eclipsed the 50-goal, 100-point plateau four times in his career, and is tied for second on the team with 20 points in 22 games. Look for Ovechkin to shoot often - he has 93 shots on goal, 42 more than his nearest teammate.
 
 
Islanders Storylines
Thursday's game concludes a seven-game home stand. They are 2-2-2 so far during the stretch.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 116 hits
•The Islanders have points in four straight games (2-0-2), all at Nassau Coliseum
Michael Grabner became the third Islander toreach 10 goals (John Tavares, Matt Moulson) with his first period tally on Thursday vs. NY Rangers
The Matchup
Islanders
23.1% (21/91)
82.1% (69/84)
71
80
4-4-2
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games
 
  
Capitals
26.3% (20/76)
76.7% (66/86)
66
63
7-3-0
 
  
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 - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
52 Joe Finley - 2 Mark Streit

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Washington Capitals projected lines
Forwards
8 Alex Ovechkin - 9 Mike Ribeiro - 26 Matt Hendricks
20 Troy Brouwer - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 16 Eric Fehr
25 Jason Chimera - 83 Jay Beagle - 42 Joel Ward
17 Wojtek Wolski - 85 Mathieu Perrault - 15 Joey Crabb

Defensemen
27 Karl Alzner - 36 Tomas Kundratek
55 Jeff Schultz - 61 Steve Oleksy
4 John Erskine - 74 John Carlson

Goaltenders
70 Braden Holtby
31 Philipp Grubauer

What's Happening at the Coliseum

Doors Open at 11:45am
Lower Lobby Opens at 11am
Beer Fest (21+ Event) in Expo Center – 2 sessions: 12:30pm, 5:30pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (First 50 receive free gift)
Team Store Offer: If you catch a t-shirt shot from the ice, you’ll receive a coupon good for $10 off a $50 or more purchase
50/50 Raffle

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