10/11/13: NYI 2 at CHI 3
Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo found the back of the net in the final minute of the opening period to tie the game, but Michael Handzus broke the 2-2 tie midway through the second as the New York Islanders fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Friday at United Center. Kevin Poulin made 25 saves in his first start of the season as the Islanders suffered their first regulation loss of the season.
The Islanders complete a two-game road trip tonight with their first of two meetings this season against the Nashville Predators. The Islanders have lost five straight games (including three by shutout) in Music City since their last victory in April, 2002. Overall, the Isles are 1-6-1 in their last eight games against the Preds.
ALL TIME ISLANDERS VS. PREDATORS:
All-Time Record: 5-9-1
2012-13 Record: 0-0-0
Last Regulation Win: 4/11/02 – NYI 5 at NSH 2
Last Regulation Loss: 1/16/12 – NYI 2 at NSH 3
Overtime Record (W-L-T): 1-0-0
Last Overtime Decision: 10/15/02 – NYI 4 vs. NSH 3
Shootout Record: 1-1
200th Game: Jack Capuano will coach his 200th NHL game tonight. The Islanders are 86-84-29 under Capuano. He is second on the all-time Islanders list in both games coached (199) and wins (86), behind Al Arbour (1,500 coached, 740 wins).
Scoring Leader: Michael Grabner is tied for the NHL scoring lead with seven points (2g/5a) in four games. His five assists already match his total from last season (16g/5a in 45 games).
Streaking: After being held pointless in the season opener, John Tavares has a point in three straight games (2g/3a).
One-Goal Games: Three of the Isles’ four games this season have been decided by one goal. Dating back to last season, Seven of their last eight regular season games have been decided by one goal (2-2-3), including five in shootouts (2-0-3). The Islanders are 10-2-5 in their last seventeen regular season games.
Home/Road: Eight of the Islanders’ twelve October games are at Nassau Coliseum. Last season, the club went 10-11-3 at home and 14-6-4 on the road (good for the best road winning percentage in franchise history).
Capuano – 1 games shy of 200
Tavares – 6 games shy of 300
Hamonic – 13 games shy of 200
The Islanders and Predators game is slated to air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m.