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Game Preview: Jets vs Islanders

The Jets wrap up their six game home stand against the NY Islanders.

Friday, 19.04.2013 / 1:45 PM / Preview
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Game Preview: Jets vs Islanders
The Jets wrap up their six game home stand against the NY Islanders.

ISLANDERS (23-16-5) at JETS (23-19-2)

TV: MSG PLUS, TSN-JETS

Last 10: New York 7-1-2; Winnipeg 5-5-0

Season series: Third and final meeting of the regular season. The home team has won each of the first two. Evander Kane's overtime goal lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory on Jan. 27, while Kevin Poulin stopped 23 shots in a surprise start as the New York Islanders claimed a 5-2 win on April 2.

Big story: The Jets have an opportunity to sweep a six-game homestand and help their chances to not only make the Stanley Cup Playoffs but catch the Washington Capitals for first place in the Southeast Division. The Islanders have a bit of a cushion on a postseason berth, but want to keep winning as well so they can wrap it up sooner rather than later.

Team Scope:

Islanders: The remaining four games for New York are all on the road, which isn't a bad thing -- the Islanders' 13-5-2 record away from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is one of the best in the NHL, and they started this final trip off in style Thursday with a come-from-behind 5-3 win in Toronto. Evgeni Nabokov allowed two early goals and then shut the door on the Maple Leafs while the Islanders proceeded to put five in a row on the board. Two came from John Tavares, whose 26 for the season put him just two behind Alex Ovechkin for the League lead.

"I was able to capitalize on some opportunities," Tavares said. "But we all played well after a bit of a tough start. It's good to bounce back and it's nice to contribute, but now we move on to our next game Saturday."

Jets: Much of the damage from a five-game losing streak that bridged March and April has now been undone with Winnipeg taking care of business at MTS Centre, but the Jets can't stop here if they want to take the final step toward bringing the playoffs to Manitoba for the first time since 1996. The Jets have walked a fine line of late, blowing third-period leads and needing a hero to pull things out in extra time, but Dustin Byfuglien accepted that role on Thursday. The Stanley Cup winner with the 2010 Blackhawks scored 1:23 into overtime for a 4-3 victory against the Hurricanes.

"We can enjoy this for a couple of more minutes and get ready for Saturday," Byfuglien said. "This is the fun time of the year. We've got a lot of work ahead of us, and we've got to just keep going."

Who's hot: Nabokov is 9-1-2 in his last 12 starts for the Islanders, allowing more than two goals in a game just twice during that span. Matt Moulson has goals in consecutive games, while Mark Streit has one goal and four assists in the past four games. … Andrew Ladd has four goals and eight assists during a six-game points streak for the Jets. Blake Wheeler has three goals and seven assists during a five-game points streak. Ladd and Wheeler each have consecutive three-point games. Bryan Little has one goal and eight assists during a five-game points streak. Zach Bogosian has one goal and five assists during a three-game points streak.

Injury report: Winnipeg defenseman Zach Redmond (leg) has started a conditioning assignment. Defenseman Tobias Enstrom (back) and forwards Nik Antropov (lower body), Jim Slater (upper body) and Anthony Peluso (hand) are sidelined.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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