Oct 8, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Players celebrate a goal by New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame Report: New York Islanders vs. Nashville Predators


Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the New York Islanders (2-1-1, 5 pts) visit the Nashville Predators (1-3-0, 2 pts) in game no. 5  of the 2013-14 NHL season. Here’s what you need to know before puck drop…

Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

When: Saturday, October 12, 8PM EDT

Watch: MSG+

Listen: WRHU (88.7 FM)

Tonight, the Isles look to bounce back from their first regulation loss of the season, as they roll into Nashville to face the Predators.

Kevin Poulin and the Isles lost a tough one last night, 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks. After falling behind 2-0 midway through the first period, the Isles got a sudden jump in their step. Goals by Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey just 49 seconds apart at the end of the period, tied the game at 2. However, Michal Handzus  put an end to thoughts of a huge win, when he scored the eventual game winning goal 6:45 into the second period.

Aside from Evgeni Nabokov being back in net this evening, line changes may be forthcoming. After last night’s game, Coach Jack Capuano said changes were likely. There are 2 reasons why that may be a good idea. First, there was Cal Clutterbuck, who  played his first game as an Islander last night, but was hardly effective. He registered just 8:35 of play. He even stated after the game that he was pretty winded. It’s very possible that he may need a few more days to get back into game shape. Secondly, there was Matt Donovan, who looked every bit the rookie last night. He was beaten badly many times and even took some unneeded penalties. The NHL learning curve can be steep sometimes and he may need to check things out from above this evening.

The Isles have actually not played in Nashville in almost 3 years. The last game they had there was in December 2010, when they were shutout 5-0 by Anders Lindback. They will clearly be looking for different results tonight as Michael Grabner, who is tied for the league lead in points, looks to continue his hot start.

What They’re Saying…

“I expect a hard-working team. They’re very structured. We watched them play Toronto the other night, and not taking anything away from Toronto, but that could have gone the other way for sure.  Bernier had a great game. They come hard, so we’re going to have to make sure that we play high-percentage hockey in all three zones.”

-Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, on what he expects from the Predators

Quick Hitters…

  •  Nashville holds a 10-3-2 edge in the all-time series against the Islanders, and has points in all nine games since the start of the 2002-03 campaign, posting a 7-0-2 record. The Predators are 6-2-0 all-time against the Islanders at Bridgestone Arena.
  • Josh Bailey has goals in two consecutive games, and four multi-point efforts in his last 14 games.
  • John Tavares has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 games after being held scoreless on opening night.
  • Evgeni Nabokov is 14-8-3 with two shutouts and a 2.26 GAA in his career against Nashville.
  • Pekka Rinne is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage for his career against the Islanders
  • Jack Capuano will coach his 200th NHL game tonight. He is second in Islanders history. He trails Al Arbour by 1300 games.

 

 

-EB

Tags: Evgeni Nabokov Jack Capuano John Tavares Nashville Predators New York Islanders Pekka Rinne Pregame

  • Rich Diaz

    Jack Capuano gets first star of the evening

    • Michael Willhoft

      I’m taking a picture of this comment. You know, for documentation purposes.

  • Rich Diaz

    NICE McD with the check

  • Chris Spinelli

    Took okposo off the first line and first line playing better and other lines playing better

  • Chris Spinelli

    Tavares!!

  • Andy Graziano

    Tavares banks in off Rinne and Isles lead!

  • Rich Diaz

    Okposo needs to go on with Grabner

  • Rich Diaz

    Thumbs up: jack capuano

  • Rich Diaz

    KO with 2 A.

  • Andy Graziano

    What a move by Nelson….wow

    • Rich Diaz

      Right?

  • Andy Graziano

    Matt Carkner is just itching to get in a fight.

    • Rich Diaz

      3rd period…5m left wait and see

  • Rich Diaz

    Never thought we’d have to worry about defense as much. here we were talking goalies goalies and they’re the most consistent players on the ice. And JT proving why he’s a choice for captain. leads by example. gives isles the lead

  • Rich Diaz

    All Nabby on that one. Terrible goal.

  • Andy Graziano

    Okposo, Hickey and Nabokov all had a play in that goal by Hornqvist. 2-2 in Nashville.

  • Andy Graziano

    End of two….and I need some apple pie….and maybe a drink……and a smoke….:)

  • Andy Graziano

    Isles locker room between periods …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adp-zuOcco0

  • Andy Graziano

    Nabby……has to stop that.

    • Rich Diaz

      terrible two goals by Nabby. Awful.

  • Rich Diaz

    Hamonic isn’t playing well this season thus far

  • Shane Blackburn

    Have to show character here and kill this off.

  • Shane Blackburn

    Alright big kill now have to try and capitalize on the momentum.

  • Rich Diaz

    This game, she is over.

  • Andy Graziano

    At least your PP piece Shane is gaining credence. lmao

  • Rich Diaz

    Watch way too much hockey…you don;t capitalize on a 4m PP you lose game.

  • Rich Diaz

    Preds will put the sleeper hold on the Isles and bye bye Isles 0-2 for the road show.

  • Rich Diaz

    AND NABOKOV WITH THE SAVE YAYAYAYA!

  • Rich Diaz

    see…sleeper hold

  • Rich Diaz

    preds are playing like they’re on the PK

  • Shane Blackburn

    What’s up with Fransie this season, since when does he get mixed up?

  • Andy Graziano

    They all look to be in a fog offensively……

  • Rich Diaz

    i should just publish this SS. I already know the outcome…since the beginning of the 3rd

  • Rich Diaz

    They look like the Isles of Feb 2013

  • Rich Diaz

    WOW VISNOVSKY LOOKED TERRIBLE THERE

  • Rich Diaz

    d-men now pinching

  • Rich Diaz

    4-2 preds

  • Andy Graziano

    And that’s that……poor effort = poor result