10/5: NYI 2 vs. CBJ 3 (SO)
Lubomir Visnovsky scored a goal and an assist as the New York Islanders built a 2-0 lead, but were unable to hold on, losing 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout Saturday at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders completed their opening weekend earning three out of a possible four points.
10/4: NYI 4 at NJ 3 (SO)
Michael Grabner scored two goals and one assist, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots as the New York Islanders earned a 4-3 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday at Prudential Center. Matt Moulson’s game-deciding tally in the sixth round proved to be the difference as the Islanders opened the season with a win for the first time since 2007-08.
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP :
The Islanders play their first Western Conference opponent since April 7, 2012 when they host the Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix won its season opener at home against the Rangers, but dropped a 4-1 decision in San Jose on Saturday. This is the first of two meetings this season between the Islanders and Coyotes; they last played January 7, 2012 in Glendale, when Shane Doan recorded his first career hat trick in a 5-1 Phoenix win.
ALL TIME ISLANDERS VS. COYOTES:
All-Time Record: 31-23-13
2012-13 Record: 0-0-0
Last Regulation Win: 3/8/09 – NYI 3 vs. PHX 2
Last Regulation Loss: 1/7/12 – NYI 1 at PHX 5
Overtime Record (W-L-T): 1-2-8
Last Overtime Decision: 3/25/01 – NYI 2 at PHX 2
Shootout Record: 1-1
Last Shootout: 12/18/10 – NYI 3 vs. PHX 4
One-Goal Games: Going back to last season, the last six Islanders regular season games have been decided by one goal (2-1-3), including five shootouts (2-0-3).
Shootout Leaders: Best shootout percentage among active players (minimum 15 shots):
1. Matt Hendricks NSH (9/15) 60.0%
2. Matt Moulson NYI (8/15) 53.3%
3. Frans Nielsen NYI (25/47) 53.2%
First Point: Rookie Matt Donovan recorded his first career assist/point in his fourth career NHL game Friday in New Jersey. Donovan led all AHL defensemen in scoring last season.
Career Wins: Evgeni Nabokov passed Gump Worsley on the NHL all-time wins list with his 336th career victory Fridayin New Jersey.
Islanders Debuts: Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin made their Islanders debuts Friday in New Jersey. Griffin Reinhart and Cal Clutterbuck are the only players who have yet to make their team debuts.
Active Iron-Man Streak: John Tavares leads the Islanders with 209 consecutive regular-season games played.
Under Capuano: The Islanders are 85-83-29 under Head Coach Jack Capuano. He is second on the all-time Islanders list in both games coached (197) and wins (85), behind Al Arbour (1,500 coached, 740 wins). Capuano will coach his 200th game on Oct. 12 in Nashville.
On The Farm: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers needed a shootout to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 4-3 Sunday at Webster Bank Arena. Five of the game’s six goals came in the second period, with Riley Wetmore, Andrey Pedan and Joey Diamond notching markers for Bridgeport. Goaltender Anders Nilsson made 32 saves to earn his first win of the season as the Sound Tigers improved to 1-1-0.
Nielsen – 3 points shy of 200
Capuano – 3 games shy of 200
Tavares – 7 games shy of 300
Hamonic – 15 games shy of 200
The Islanders and Coyotes game is set to air on the MSG Plus network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.