Dec. 31, 2011; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson (26) celebrates after a goal is scored by New York Islanders right wing P.A. Parenteau (not pictured) during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NYIHC Pregame Report : Edmonton Oilers Vs New York Islanders


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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

‘The New York Islanders Hardcore’ Pregame Report:

EDMONTON OILERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Tonight the New York Islanders (2-2-2, 6 PTS) host the Edmonton Oilers (1-5-1, 3 PTS) in game no. 7 of the 2013-14 NHL season. Here’s what you need to know before puck drop…

Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

When: 10/17/2013, 7:00 pm EST

Watch: MSG + (HD) (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)

Listen: WRHU 88.7FM, WRCN 103.9FM (Chris King)

 

Another dangerous game awaits the New York Islanders as they continue their homestand with a match against the Edmonton Oilers.

After suffering a shootout loss on Tuesday to the previously winless Buffalo Sabres, social media has not been kind to the team or management, seemingly scrutinizing and criticizing every move. At the final horn tonight, I am sure that everyone hopes the reaction looks much different.

That success will depend primarily on two major factors; the play of the defense and the power play. Matt Donovan makes his return to the lineup tonight and hopes the lessons he learned from watching the last two games from the press box will benefit his defensive game to complement his offensive skills. Colin McDonald also returns after taking Tuesday off with a sore hip.

The Oilers come in with a ton of offensive talent that will test the Islanders defense but unfortunately for them, still have not learned much on the other side of the red line. They have allowed 32 goals in 7 games (4.57 per game) and are 29th in the league on the penalty kill at just 66.7%.

Taylor Hall (1-5-6), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2-1-3) and Jordan Eberle (2-3-5) are top talents that can terrorize in the offensive zone and have to be watched extremely closely by a defensive unit that has struggled early on in clearances and zone assignments.

Nostalgia will be surely be front and center as well in this matchup, as the teams did not meet last season in the conference only 48 game schedule. Everyone remembers the classic battles of the early and mid 1980s between these two great franchises.

 

What They’re Saying…

“It’s such a fine line between winning and losing in this league,” forward Jordan Eberle told the team’s official website. “We’re not playing bad by any means. We’re doing a lot of good things but we just can’t get over that line of winning games and I think once we find that way to do that, we have confidence in here that we’ll start winning more.” [link]

Jack Capuano, on what he expects from Edmonton tonight: “It’s a track meet when you play these guys. They’re young, they’re fast. They’ve got D that get up in the play. You never know how the game is going to go when the puck drops. Obviously, you don’t want a wide open game.” [link]

Matt Donovan, on what he gained from sitting out the last two games: “I think just watching overall and thinking to myself what I need to do to get back in the lineup and play well and make the team better. [Being scratched] pushed you that much harder. I’m here now, and I don’t want to get sent back down, so it makes me want to work that much harder to get back in the lineup and stay in the NHL.” [link]

 

Quick Hitters…

  • Edmonton GF/GA ratio is -9 over the first two periods. Islanders are +5.
  • The Oilers have already allowed 3 shorthanded goals in just 7 games.
  • Isles are 8-3-0 in their last 11 vs Edmonton and 6-0-0 at the Coliseum.
  • All time series is tied, 26-26-14
  • John Tavares has a 5 game point streak (3-4-7)
  • Matt Moulson is 2nd among all active players in shootout percentage (56.7%)
  • Isles are 6-0-3 in their last 9 games at home. Matches longest home point streak since 1989-90.

 

Projected Lineup…

40 Grabner – 91 Tavares – 21 Okposo
12 Bailey – 51 Nielsen – 96 Bouchard
26- Moulson – 16 Regin – 15 Clutterbuck
17 Martin – 53 Cizikas – 13 McDonald

47 MacDonald – 3 Hamonic
11 Visnovsky – 14 Hickey
37 Strait – 46 Donovan

20 Nabokov
60 Poulin

Scratches: 7 Carkner – 29 Nelson – 36 Boulton

 

Rich Dias-Rodrigues (@RDNHL) will be covering the game live from the press box.

Please join us in the comment section below for in-game discussion and commentary.

 

Tags: Edmonton Oilers New York Islanders Nhl Puck Drop Pregame

  • Rich Diaz

    matty d with a nice check there

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    I think the fourth line has been our best tonight.

  • Shane Blackburn

    Still doesn’t make up for the rest of his crappy play..

    • Andy Graziano

      AGREED

      • Shane Blackburn

        Beautiful set up, easy put away.

  • Andrew Goldchain

    Thank you god. 2-2. Ironic that it’s Okposo lol.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    BEAUTY of a set up! And it was Okposo. My dad goes, “lucky.”

    • Andy Graziano

      lmao

  • Andy Graziano

    Guys in the hardcore facebook group keep posting there…./smh hahahaha

  • Shane Blackburn

    Dangles.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Bailey looking VERY bright. Brought out the Bojangles, I like that.

  • Andy Graziano

    Bailey is on fire……..

    • Andrew Goldchain

      Looking great this year.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Okposo takes the penalty. Dad shakes his head.

  • Shane Blackburn

    Heads up by Zeeker to give his sticker to Hamonic after Travis lost his.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Grabner on the PK is so fun to watch.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Hard to beat the other team and the refs…

    • Andy Graziano

      Clear call on Hamonic there. Wrapped his arms around him

      • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

        I’ve seen those go uncalled, mainly when they’re against us, but yes it was a penalty.

  • Shane Blackburn

    It’s hard to get mad at the softies when Nabby still does make some nice saves.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Big glove by Nabby. That’s a Kodak moment.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    I’m reminded of Mariusz Czerkawski when I see PMB. Touched and he loses the puck. Granted I loved Mariusz, but he was soft…and so is Pierre..in my opinion.

  • Shane Blackburn

    Why does Okposo make 7-47 turns…stops and starts Kyle stops and starts.

  • Shane Blackburn

    They call that but not the interference on Zeeker in front?

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Anddd we’re back to the PK.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Big save Nabby, nice knock-down Hammer.

  • Rich Diaz

    Isles cannot go into 3rd w/o the lead.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Frans’ vision is wonderful wouldn’t you say?

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Give Johnny two seconds in front, DEADLY. Up one we go!

  • Shane Blackburn

    JT has 2 points….and is not playing well.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Now, what will be a third period lead at home…this sounds familiar. HAVE to hold this. Stay aggressive and don’t become complacent.

  • Andrew Goldchain

    Bailey looking more mature and solid by the day. Thinking he breaks out this year. JT having a quiet 2 point game. Shows you how much he has spoiled us.

    • Andy Graziano

      He has been awesome.

    • Shane Blackburn

      I’ve love Bailey since day one, have been patiently (impatiently at times) waiting for this day.

  • Mike

    Anyone hating on Okie now? Go Kyle

    • Shane Blackburn

      Yes! Definitely still hating on him. Far to inconsistent to be playing first line minutes. Has to prove he can sustain that play.

    • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

      My dad. Doesn’t matter what he does.

  • Lenny Rossello

    I cant take the 3rd period.

    • Andy Graziano

      Hey Lenny – I feel you dude. Going to be a rough one I fear with this D.

      • Lenny Rossello

        We need another vet D man

    • Andrew Goldchain

      welcome aboard. Finally, a hardcore member in here.

      • Lenny Rossello

        Yea man!!

    • Andrew Goldchain

      see if you can get some more members over. Having a hard time getting them in here

  • Andy Graziano

    And here we go – PP goal would be huge here,

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Just. Stay. Aggressive.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    What an act job from Dubnyk.

  • Rich Diaz

    Bailey now christened Nail-ey

  • Rich Diaz

    I posted that last comment ages ago

    • Andy Graziano

      Nice Coliseum Wi-Fi

      • Mike Sitler

        I can never get the coli wi fi to work

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    I’d love one more. Because if the Oilers equalize everyone will go into panic mode.

  • Shane Blackburn

    Donovan looks extremely impressive today, so happy he’s back in. His hockey IQ is very high.

  • Andy Graziano

    Donovan with a strong game. Who was my thumbs up on the podcast this past week? JOSH BAILEY. Unbelievable.

    • Shane Blackburn

      Loved your Bailey Tweet.

  • Mike Sitler

    Dare I say?

    • Andy Graziano

      DONT DO IT……DONT DO IT…..LMAO

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Tick tock boys…Anyone else have a bad feeling?

    • Andy Graziano

      Not me. ;)

  • Mike Sitler

    Y is the time line all mixed up…I posted 7 minutes ago but is mixed with posts from on hour ago

    • Andy Graziano

      Left hand top menu bar – click ‘newest’

      • Mike Sitler

        Got it…thx

    • Andrew Goldchain

      good to have you here Mike

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    I had to move my seat. If we lose, I’ll take the blame for this loss.

  • Shane Blackburn

    One thing PMB does really well is control the defensive blue line and get the puck out.

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Let’s go to the PP to end this sucker boys.

  • Andrew Goldchain

    Bailey brought his A game. Has mastered that little toe drag move and is going to it often

  • Mike Sitler

    Can I say it now

  • Mike Sitler

    Nice….. Islanders win

  • Shane Blackburn

    Huge win for the #Isles here!

  • http://jpantorno.wix.com/joepantorno Joe Pantorno

    Good win boys! Signing off for now, it’s been real!

  • Andrew Goldchain

    Good win. 2 valuable points. Now to build on it Saturday.

  • Andy Graziano

    Thanks for joining us guys. Obviously NYIHC is the good luck charm. Get more in here for Saturday. :)

  • Andrew Goldchain

    Will do what I can. I’ll be at the viewing party but hopefully Mike, Lenny etc will join you again.