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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Winnipeg Jets

by Greg Picker / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

17-16-3 (37 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
6-11-2 home
Winnipeg Jets
18-17-2 (38 points - 1st in Southeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
10-8-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-0-1)
The Islanders and Jets have only met once this season, with the lone game coming back in January. The Isles held a two-goal third period lead, but Winnipeg closed the deficit and won thanks to Evander Kane's overtime goal. John Tavares had a goal and two assists, while Matt Moulson also found the score sheet multiple times (one goal, one assist).  Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves in the loss.

Jets player to watch
Evander Kane - Left wing

The fourth overall pick in 2009 is proving his worth with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 37 games. The Vancouver, BC native is second in the NHL with 150 shots and recently tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Kane has been a major factor as to why the Jets are close to bringing playoff hockey back to Winnipeg for the first time since 1996.

Islanders Storylines
•The Isles return to the Coliseum for a quick one-game home stand following a 3-1-0 road trip.
•With just one point, the Islanders can take sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. A win would result in a tie with New Jersey for the 7th seed.
•Winnipeg boasts the league’s 8th-worst power play. The Islanders are 12-3-1 when scoring at least one PPG.
•John Tavares’ 22nd goal of the season keeps him in second place among NHL goal scorers and just three behind league leader Steven Stamkos.

The Matchup
21.1% (27/128)
80.2% (89/111)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

13.4% (15/112)
79.8% (91/114)
New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas

3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Winnipeg Jets previous game lines
9 Evander Kane – 12 Olli Jokinen - 20 Antti Miettinen
16 Andrew Ladd – 18 Bryan Little - 26 Blake Wheeler
27 Eric Tangradi  – 13 Kyle Wellwood - 80 Nik Antropov
28 Patrice Cormier  – 8 Alex Burmistrov - 22 Chris Thorburn

6 Ron Hainsey - 44 Zach Bogosian
33 Dustin Byfuglien – 39 Tobias Enstrom
7 Derek Meech - 24 Grant Clitsome

31 Ondrej Pavelec
35 Al Montoya

What's Happening at the Coliseum

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