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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
Winnipeg Jets

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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01