|51||NY ISLANDERS||+120||Ov 5.5,-110||-105||Ov 5.5,-110|
|52||TORONTO||-140||Un 5.5,-110||-115||Un 5.5,-110|
|Last 5 Games||1-1-0||-0.1||1-1||-0.1||1-1||2.5||31.5||2.5||27.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||5||0||3||2||0||0||63||7.9%||11||2||18.2%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||5||0||3||2||0||0||63||7.9%||11||2||18.2%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||5||0||1||4||0||0||54||9.3%||5||0||0.0%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||0||1||4||0||0||54||9.3%||5||0||0.0%||10|
|RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)||2||2||54||49||90.7%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)||2||2||54||49||90.7%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-1-0||-1.3||0-1||-1.3||0-1||1.0||35.0||2.0||20.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-1-0||+1.6||2-1||+1.6||1-2||2.7||28.3||1.7||24.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||8||1||4||3||0||0||85||9.4%||20||4||20.0%||14|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||35||2.9%||7||1||14.3%||2|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||8||1||4||3||0||0||85||9.4%||20||4||20.0%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||5||2||2||1||0||0||72||6.9%||13||2||15.4%||8|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||2||1||1||0||0||0||20||10.0%||3||0||0.0%||3|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||2||2||1||0||0||72||6.9%||13||2||15.4%||8|
|JAMES REIMER (All Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|JAMES REIMER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|BEN SCRIVENS (All Games)||2||2||42||39||92.9%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Home Games)||1||1||20||18||90.0%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Last 4 Games)||2||2||42||39||92.9%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.54, TORONTO 3.5|
|1/19/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|1/21/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/24/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|1/25/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|1/27/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|1/29/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|1/31/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/3/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/19/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||BUFFALO||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/23/2013||at PITTSBURGH||5-2||W||0, +170||W||6 un||O|
|1/24/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|1/26/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|1/29/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|NY ISLANDERS: |
LAST SEASON: 34-37-7, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.
COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.
LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.
PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old center is already establishing himself as a star heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.
OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.
LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 13th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Randy Carlyle, 2nd season with Leafs, 6-9-3; 8th overall, 279-191-64 in NHL.
ADDED: LW James van Riemsdyk, C Jay McClement.
LOST: RW Colby Armstrong, D Luke Schenn, G Jonas Gustavsson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: The focus in Toronto continues to be on the turnstile in goal, a position that's been unsettled since Curtis Joseph led the Leafs to their last playoff berth in 2004 (yes, two NHL lockouts ago). Unless the Maple Leafs do go ahead and make a push to trade for Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, they'll settle on the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.
OUTLOOK: Unsettled as usual. The Maple Leafs couldn't even get out of the lockout without making headlines by firing GM Brian Burke last week. Toronto has more than enough offensive punch, particularly with the addition of van Riemsdyk. The question always remains whether they have enough defense and goaltending to end what's now a seven-season playoff drought.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY ISLANDERS-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Islanders-Maple Leafs Preview* ===============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
New York (1-1-0) at Toronto (1-1-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Lackluster efforts in their early road games over the past three seasons have helped contribute to the New York Islanders' lengthy playoff drought.
With an abbreviated schedule, the Islanders know it's even more important to have better road performances to start this season, beginning with a five-game trip that starts Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
New York (1-1-0) hasn't reached the postseason since 2006-07, which is tied for league's third-longest active drought behind Toronto's seven consecutive seasons and Edmonton's six straight. The Islanders' 0-5-2 mark in their first seven road games in 2011-12 didn't help, neither did a 2-11-3 record in their first 16 in 2010-11 or a 1-4-4 start in 2009-10.
"It's such a short season so we've got to be good on the road," center Frans Nielsen said. "We've got to make sure we're strong when we go out on the road. You can't fall behind. The season is too short for that."
New York heads into its road trip after holding on for a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Monday. The Islanders scored three times in the second period and held a 4-0 lead early in the third before giving up three goals in a span of 5:38.
Matt Martin thinks the win could be the first of many for the club and expects his team to end its postseason drought.
"We feel like we have the talent and character in this room to make the playoffs. No one really believes in us, but they can say whatever they want. We know we can do this," he said. "We're excited for the season. We just have to find ways to win hockey games and just keep building."
The Islanders won 5-2 in their most recent matchup with the Maple Leafs, in Toronto on March 20, after dropping three straight in the series. Matt Moulson had a pair of third-period goals in that victory and John Tavares matched a career high with three assists.
The Maple Leafs lost their only home game, 2-1 to Buffalo on Monday, but have won both of their other contests. The latest was a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday in which James van Riemsdyk scored a pair of goals, including the tiebreaker in the second period.
Nikolai Kulemin had a career-high three assists while helping Toronto (2-1-0) bounce back from its lone defeat. Tyler Bozak also scored for the second time in three games, and Mikhail Grabovski, the team's third-leading scorer last season, picked up his first points in 2012-13 with a goal and an assist.
"I think we've showed we can play the rugged defensive game and tonight we have the ability to score as well," forward Clarke MacArthur said. "If we can find a way to use both things every night, you've got a good team and a good chance every night."
The Maple Leafs, though, lost Joffrey Lupul to a fractured forearm when he was hit by teammate Dion Phaneuf's slapshot in the second period. Lupul, who signed a five-year contract extension this past weekend, is expected to be re-evaulated Thursday.
"It's tough but what can you do, you've got to move on," MacArthur said.
Lupul, who had a career-high 67 points last season, hadn't recorded a point so far this season.
Grabovski registered a season-high four points (one goal, three assists) in a 4-3 overtime road win against the Islanders on Jan. 24, 2012.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 7:02:41 PM EST|