Middletown, N. J. – After a thrilling victory last night in Boston, the Islanders awake with 7 games remaining in the regular season and a playoff spot firmly within their grasp. It really has been the resurgence of the defense corps and excellent play of the second line that has propelled the team into a situation where they truly control their own destiny. Josh Bailey has been magnificent the last three or so weeks along with linemates Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo. With the first line seemingly starting to find their legs again and 37 year old Evgeni Nabokov deflecting almost everything that comes his way, this team could be real dangerous for alot of Eastern Conference foes down the stretch and beyond. Next up is an absolutely dream matchup with the rival New York Rangers in what will surely be an on ice war. The teams have not meant in a meaningful April game since 2007 and both should have no trouble getting motivated for this tilt. The fans? Judging by the reaction on Twitter, they have been salivating over this for at least a week already.
Stats, Stats And More Stats…
- Islanders are now 8-1-1 in their last 10, garnering 17 out of a possible 20 points. They have allowed just 15 goals in their last 10 games.
- Bailey’s two goals last night gave him 9 on the season and he has 7 points in his last 6 games. Josh would be on a career high 23 goal pace over an 82 game season.
- With the victory, head coach Jack Capuano now is tied for the 2nd most wins in Islanders coaching history, behind the legendary Al Arbour.
- The Islanders have been tied or ahead in the third period in 35 of 41 games this season (21-10-4)
- This was only their 2nd win of the season when scoring less than 3 goals (2-14-2)
- The power play goal in the 1st period by Bruins Tyler Seguin was the first the team has allowed in six games.
- Islanders are now 2-10-2 when superstar John Tavares does not record a point.
In Case You Missed It Links
- Last nights game recap, courtesy of our newest werdsmith, Micheal Willhoft…http://eyesonisles.com/2013/04/11/isles-grind-out-a-win-what-else-is-new/
- A petition has been started by eyesonisles to have one of the Winter Classics 2014 played at Citi Field between the Islanders and Rangers…http://eyesonisles.com/2013/04/12/the-battle-for-the-apple-nhl-winter-classic-1116-isles-rangers-citi-field-come-get-some/
- Here are the game highlights from NHL.com….
- Not much from the boys over at Causeway Crowd after the defeat…http://fansided.com/outbound/?url=http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/04/12/rough-day-for-the-bruins-yesterday/&title=Rough+day+for+the+Bruins+yesterday
- It’s almost that official…..http://www.barclayscenter.com/ny-islanders/islanders-vs-devils
On The Bridge
- Bridgeport is currently in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with 71 points in 71 games. They have to jump 4 teams and make up 4 points in the final 5 games to make the playoffs.
- Isles super prospect Ryan Strome has gotten his professional career off to a very good start, with 1-3-4 in 5 games with 16 shots.
- Brock Nelson continues to lead the team in scoring with 23-27-50 in 61 games and Nino Niederreiter leads in goals with 26.
- 3 of the Tigers final 5 games are at home and in a schedule quirk, have 3 head to head with the Portland Pirates, currently in 6th place in the conference.
- Rick DiPietro‘s health has been holding up since being sent to the AHL as he has appeared in 15 games, making 8 straight starts in the process. His numbers are 8-7-0 with a 2.93 GAA and .895 save percentage.
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