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Preview : Blackhawks vs Islanders Numerology

The Islanders make their first trip to Chicago since December of 2011 to take on the Blackhawks.

Jonathan Daniel

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Chicago Blackhawks (3 pts 1-1-1) vs New York Islanders (5 pts 2-0-1)

7pm United Center - Chicago, IL

TV : CSN-Chicago

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks last game : 2-3 L @ Blues

Islanders last game : 6-1 W vs Coyotes

Enemy Territory : Lighthouse Hockey

Season Series/Schedule

DATE SCORE W. GOAL
Jan 01 '14
Oct 10 '13

919 : Number of votes John Tavares got for the Hart Trophy last season. He got 38 1st place votes, one less than Jonathan Toews.

210 : Number of consecutive games Tavares has played in.

199 : Number of career goals Patrick Sharp has entering tonight's game.

42 : Number of points (20 G, 22 A) Marian Hossa has in 41 career games versus the Islanders.

19.7 : Number of shifts that Matt Moulson, who will be a game time decision due the birth of his son today, has averaged through 3 games.

7 : Career wins for Kevin Poulin, who enters his first start against the Blackhawks with a 7-9-1 record, a 2.76 GAA and .916 save % in 21 career games.

4 : Number of Blackhawks who enter tonight's game as a minus. (Sharp, Smith, Seabrook & Keith)

1 : Number Islanders to have a point in all 3 games this year, Fran Neilsen.

6-1-2 : The Islanders record versus the Blackhawks in their last 9 meetings.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Marian Hossa
Marcus Kruger - Andrew Shaw -Brandon Saad
Brandon Bollig - Joakim Nordstrom - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Michael Rozsival

Goaltender

Nikolai Khabibulin (1st start of the season)

Injuries

None

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 3 3 1 4 0 2 1 0
B. Saad 3 2 2 4 2 0 1 0
J. Toews 3 1 2 3 1 4 1 0
N. Hjalmarsson 3 0 3 3 5 0 0 0
M. Hossa 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 0

Probable Islanders Lineup

Forwards

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Josh Bailey
Cal Clutterbuck - Peter Regin - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Colin McDonald

Defensive Pairings

Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald
Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky
Matt Donovan - Brian Strait

Goaltender

Kevin Poulin (1st start of the season)

Injuries

None

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
M. Grabner 3 2 4 6 4 0 0 0
F. Nielsen 3 1 4 5 3 2 0 0
J. Tavares 3 2 2 4 1 2 1 1
J. Bailey 3 1 3 4 3 0 0 0
L. Visnovsky 3 1 1 2 4 2 1 0

Team Stats

GP RECORD HOME AWAY L10 G/G GA/G PP% PK% PIM/G S/G S/A FO%
NYI 3 2-0-1 1-0-1 1-0-0 2-0-1 3.67 2 30 85.7 6 28 30.7 51.8
CHI 3 1-1-1 1-0-1 0-1-0 1-1-1 3.33 3 36.4 44.4 9 33.7 27.3 49.4