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New York Islanders vs. Winnipeg Jets - old

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders

Team Record: 3-4-2

Last Game: 3-2 OTL vs. SJS
Season Series: 0 of 4
Team Record: 4-6-1
Last Game: 4-3 SOW vs. FLA
Season Series: 0 of 4
Milan Jurcina
On the ice for 16:18 on Thursday night,
Nik Antropov
With two third period goals against the
The Islanders and Sharks couldn't be in more different situation
Season series: The then-Atlanta Thrashers took three of four last season in response to the Islanders doing likewise in 2009-10. In all, the Jets/Thrashers have taken four of the last five meetings. While the Philips Arena is no longer on the NHL travel itinerary, the Isles did significantly better there than at home, logging a 12-5-2-3 record since 1999-2000 as opposed 11-11-0-0 in Nassau Coliseum, where they dropped both matchups last season as well.

Big story: It's the Jets' first trip through the New York area since moving to Winnipeg, and they'll cover all three stops through the weekend, shooting out to New Jersey on Saturday and back to Manhattan to face the Rangers on Sunday. They'll stay within New York's borders with a stop in Buffalo on Tuesday to conclude their seven-game Eastern swing. So far, they've alternated wins and losses to go 2-1-0. The Islanders are trying to avoid a repeat of last year, where a 4-1-2 start quickly devolved into a season-wrecking 14-game losing streak, So far, it's at five despite picking up points in their last two games. (Continue Reading)

When these teams last faced, the Winnipeg Jets were still the Atlanta Thrashers. Team Captain Andrew Ladd scored the lone goal in the first period, sending the Thrashers ahead 1-0. John Tavares tied the score 1:38 into the second and then Rob Schremp scored the go-ahead goal 12 minutes later. Despite 15 shots in the third period, the Isles could not even the score for a second time. Al Montoya made 32 saves in the losing effort.
- Mark Katic - Shoulder (9/24 vs. NJ) - 9 games missed (Out indefinitely)

- Rhett Rakhshani - Concussion (9/27 at CGY) - 9 games missed (Out indefinitely)
Islanders
Power Play %: 21.2%
Penalty Kill %: 86.1%
Home Record: 3-2-1
Road Record: 0-2-1
Goals For: 18
Goals Against: 23
Jets
Power Play %: 17.1%
Penalty Kill %: 77.6%
Home Record: 2-2-0
Road Record: 2-4-1
Goals For: 30
Goals Against: 39
(Answer from 10/29: Jamie McLennan. McLennan would be a serviceable backup in his career, making stops in Calgary, St. Louis, Minnesota, Florida and New York, but never in San Jose.)
Check out the Islanders depth chart from Wednesday's practice at Nassau Coliseum.

Jets (Expected) Lineups
Forwards:  Ladd-Little-Wellwood, Kane-Burmistrov-Antropov, McArdle-Stapleton-Wheeler, Glass-Slater-Thorburn

Defensemen:  Enstrom-Byfuglien, Stuart-Bogosian, Oduya-Jones

Goaltenders:  Pavelec, Mason

Expected Scratches: Scheifele, Maxwell, Mannino

Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic: "When I was growing up, hockey was such a focal point in Manitoba, so everyone really followed the Jets. It was a shame that they left the first time, but I think now, everyone in Winnipeg is really excited. They’re really embracing the team right now, from everything that I understand when I talk to people back home. It’s exciting that I get an opportunity to play against them, but I’m very happy to be a New York Islander and hopefully tomorrow night will just be a normal game for us. We’re going to go out there and play a good game."
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