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.
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.
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10 games
Jets 13.4% (15/112) 79.8% (91/114) 91 110 4-6-0
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 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
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
Winnipeg Jets previous game lines Forwards 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