Here are some notes for those fans watching the New York Islanders (1-1-0) who are on the road to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1-0). New York opens a five-game, eight-day road trip tonight, as this is also the first of three meetings between the teams.
Tonight’s game marks the front-end of the Islanders’ first back-to-back set of the season. In total the team is set to play seven total sets in this shortened season.
Already On a Roll:
Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo are each on a four-game point streak for the Islanders; this streak dates back to the final two games of the 2011-12 season. Grabner has six points (4g/2a) over that stretch; while Okposo has five points (4g/1a).
Nabby strong in the cage:
Evgeni Nabokov earned his 313th career victory on Monday against the Tampa Bay Lighting. He currently ranks fourth among active goalies (behind Brodeur, Luongo and Khabibulin). Nabokov also earned his first point as an Islander in that game, tallying an assist in the game’s first goal,
The Islanders roster features eight new additions: Keith Aucoin, Eric Boulton, Brad Boyes, Matt Carkner, Joe Finley, Thomas Hickey, Colin McDonald and Brian Straight. Hickey is the only player on the list to make his debut with the team.
Here are some milestones that fans should keep an eye out for:
Marty Reasoner is three goals shy of 100
Josh Bailey is three goals shy of 50
Michael Grabner is four points shy of 100
Andrew MacDonald is seven assists shy of 50
Kyle Okposo is six assist shy of 100
The Islanders and the Leafs will game will air on the MSG Plus network with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m.