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BLAKE BUMPED UP TO TOP LINE

Wednesday, 09.28.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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BLAKE BUMPED UP TO TOP LINE
New Trio Looks to Take Flight

There was something different about the Islanders top line in Tuesday's preseason game in Philadelphia. For the first time, Jason Blake was inserted on the left side of Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan and the speedster once again turned heads with his speed and tenacity with the puck. Sixteen seconds into the game there was an instant click with the "JAM" line (Jason-Alexei-Miroslav) and Blake buried the first shot of the night into the net.

"Blake has the speed and tenacity and he's be a big plus on any line he's on," said Stirling. "He'll find ways to get open, guys will feed him the puck and he'll get his scoring chances by using his speed."

Blake later netted an assist on Yashin's second period goal as the "JAM" line kept churning up the ice throughout the contest. He finished with two points to go along with Yashin's two goals and Satan's five shots.

"If you keep skating hard then good things will happen out on the ice," said Blake. "With talented guys like Yash and Miro, it becomes easier to find more space to make something happen."

The line will once again be intact for Thursday night's preseason finale at Madison Square Garden versus the Rangers. Stirling stated after Wednesday's practice that he wants to see more of what the JAM combination has to offer.

"I'm still trying to figure out who the left winger will be on that line," added Stirling. "We want to find the right balance and Blake brings speed, emotion and responsibility. It's fun to watch him."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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