GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Atlanta

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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Atlanta
7:00 pm, FSN; Bloomberg 1130

Led by reigning NHL Player of the Week Ilya Kovalchuk, the Atlanta Thrashers are on quite a roll. They will serve as the latest challenge to an Islanders team showing signs of getting on track when the two teams meet in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

The Thrashers have scored 19 goals in their last three games. Kovalchuk is so hot, he scored during the weekend on an unscreened wrist shot just inside the blueline, and nobody blamed the goaltender. Slava Kozlov is on a nine-game point streak, a Thrashers record. And then there's Marian Hossa, Peter Bondra, Marc Savard and the rest of a very talented forward corps. So if the Islanders think they had their hands full with Lemieux, Crosby, Palffy and Co., they haven't seen anything yet. This is an Atlanta team that faced the red-hot Hurricanes in Carolina and won 9-0.

The Islander's 3-2 shootout win in Pittsburgh debuted a shakeup on the top two lines with only fair results. They'll have to do better on Wednesday if they want to keep their modest two-game win streak alive.

GAME NOTES

PREVIOUS GAME                                                             
November 14, 2005                                                         
New York Islanders 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2  
After the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied with two third period goals to the tie game at 2-2, the Islanders won the contest in an exciting shootout that lasted a record nine rounds. Jason Blake netted the shootout winner for the Islanders, who improve to 9-9-0 with the victory. Alexei Yashin netted his 300th career NHL goal and Shawn Bates added a highlight reel tally. But goals by rookies Sidney Crosby and Erik Christensen in the last frame forced the extra session and the subsequent shootout. Rick DiPietro stooped 26 shots in regulation and overtime and seven of nine skaters in the shootout for the win.
                                                                           
INJURY REPORT
* Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last five games and is out indefinitely.
                                            
Total Man-Games Lost (After 18 games): 20                                 
                                                                           
                                                                           
                  2005-06 NEW YORK ISLANDERS MAN-GAMES LOST                

PLAYER

GAMES MISSED

INJURY

Arron Asham

1

Rib Muscle

Shawn Bates

4

Hip Pointer

Rick DiPietro

2

Concussion, Bruised Right Knee

Petteri Nokelainen

6

Sprained Ankle, Knee Injury

Mark Parrish

4

Hip Strain

Brent Sopel

3

Sprained Wrist

TOTAL GAMES MISSED

20

 


                                                                           
2005-06 TRANSACTIONS                                                      
November 15 -- Signed F Jeff Hamilton and assigned him to Bridgeport (AHL).
November 2 - Reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport (AHL).  
                                                                           
FACING OFF AGAINST ATLANTA
The Islanders will face off against the Atlanta Thrashers for the second time this season. The Islanders won the first meeting 4-3 at the Coliseum on October 25. Alexei Yashin had two goals and an assist while Jason Blake and Miroslav Satan each added a goal. Rick DiPietro stopped Patrick Stefan's penalty shot and made 33 saves in the winning effort. The Islanders lead the all-time series 12-7-2-0 over Atlanta.

BACK ON THE ROAD
The Islanders are in the midst of their second longest road trip of the season, a span of four games. Following tonight's game in Atlanta, the Islanders travel to Tampa Bay and Sunrise, FL. (Panthers). They have already defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a shootout on Monday night. The team has a five game road trip in March, which will also take them to Atlanta and both Florida stops as well as Boston and New Jersey.  

The Islanders are 5-6 on the road so far this season.                     
                                                                           
SHOOTOUT SPECTACULAR
The Islanders shootout victory over the Penguins on Monday night was the longest so far in the NHL this season. Eighteen shooters were used by both teams, setting a new standard in the inaugural season for the shootout in the NHL. Jason Blake netted the winning goal against goaltender Jocelyn Thibault and Islander's goaltender Rick DiPietro stopped seven of nine Penguin shooters, including rookie Ryan Whitney to seal the win.        

SHOOTOUT SPECTACULAR
The Islanders shootout victory over the Penguins on Monday night was the longest so far in the NHL this season. Eighteen shooters were used by both teams, setting a new standard in the inaugural season for the shootout in the NHL. Jason Blake netted the winning goal against goaltender Jocelyn Thibault and Islander's goaltender Rick DiPietro stopped seven of nine Penguin shooters, including rookie Ryan Whitney to seal the win.        

It was the team's second shootout win of the season, with the other coming against the New York Rangers in a 3-2 decision at Madison Square Garden on October 19. In that contest, Miroslav Satan scored the only shootout goal against Henrik Lundqvist. The Islanders carry a perfect 2-0 record in shootouts this season.

PLAYERS

ATTEMPTS

GOALS

DETERMINING GOALS

Arron Asham

1

0

0

Shawn Bates

1

1

0

Jason Blake

1

1

1

Trent Hunter

1

1

0

Robert Nilsson

1

0

0

Mark Parrish

2

0

0

Miroslav Satan

2

1

1

Alexei Yashin

2

0

0

Mike York

1

0

0

YASHIN TALLIES 300TH CAREER GOAL
Islander's captain Alexei Yashin scored his 300th NHL career goal in Monday night's 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brad Lukowich and Janne Niinimaa were credited with the assists on the second period goal. The tally was Yashin's 82nd as an Islander. He scored 218 as a member of the Ottawa Senators.

THE CAPTAIN LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Team captain Alexei Yashin leads the team in scoring with 20 points (9+11) in 18 games. This season, Yashin has recorded a point in 14 of 18 games and six of the past eight (3+5). He's also had four multiple-point games. This is Yashin's best start since the 2001-02 season, his first as an Islander. That season he finished with 32 goals, 43 assists and 75 points.

This season, he had a season-high seven-game point streak from October 10-25, collecting 11 points (5+6). In addition to his seven-game point streak, Yashin recorded an assist in five consecutive games (October 15-25). The point streak was Yashin's longest since the 2003-04, when he had a nine-game point streak with 13 points (3+10) from November 14-December 3.

MR. BIG SHOT
With a second period goal at Pittsburgh on Monday night, Shawn Bates has scored four goals in the past four games (4+1). He has six goals on the season, which is just three shy of his 2003-04 total of nine. Bates leads the team with three game winners, which includes an overtime tally versus Boston on November 1 at the Coliseum. He also has a shootout goal, which he recorded against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 14. Overall, Bates has seven points this season (6+1).

SWEET NOVEMBER?
The Islanders have a record of 4-3-0 in the month of November. The Islanders will play a total of 14 games this month, six at home and eight on the road. Last season, the Islanders were 5-8-0-0 in November. 

 

 

WIN

LOSS

OTL

October

5

6

0

November

4

3

0

                                                                            
                                                                           
* The Islanders have an overtime victory and two shootout victories. See below for details.

LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders are unbeaten in 59 games (51-0-8) when taking a lead into the third period. The streak is the longest active streak in the NHL. The Islanders are 7-0 this season when leading after two periods. This streak includes wining in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout twice (at Rangers, Oct. 19 and at Pittsburgh Nov. 14) this season. During the 2003-04 season, the Islanders were 26-0-5 when leading after two periods. The Islanders outscored their opponent, 87-61 in the third period in 2003-04.The streak began on December 28, 2002 with a 3-0 win vs. Carolina.

FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 8-3 this season when scoring first and 1-6 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. Buffalo, Carolina, Philadelphia, Montreal, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and Ottawa have scored first in games against the Islanders this season, while New York has scored first against Carolina, Washington, the Rangers (twice), Atlanta, Buffalo, Boston (twice), New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a record 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first. They were 27-6-5-1 when they scored the first goal of the game.  

POWER PLAY
* The Islanders were 0-4 on the power play versus the Penguins on Monday night.

* They have four power play goals in the last four games.

* Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 12 of 18 games this season.

* They are 17-114 (14.9%) on the man-advantage. Last season, the Islanders recorded at least one power play goal in 38 of 82 games. They had a record of 27-9-3, including a mark of 16-4-1 at home in games that they scored at least one power play goal.

PENALTY KILL
* The Islanders successfully killed off all four Pittsburgh power plays on Monday night.

* They haven't allowed a power play goal in the last three games (14 chances).

* Overall, the Islanders have killed off 109 of 128 (85.2%) power play attempts in 18 games this season.

* The Islanders have recorded three shorthanded goals this season. Arron Asham scored a shorthanded goal in the Islander's 5-4 win over the Rangers on October 20. Earlier in the season, Shawn Bates scored the first shorthanded goal of the season in the Isle's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on October 8 and Jason Blake scored a shorthanded tally in the Islander's 5-3 win over Washington on October 13.

SHOTS ON GOAL
The Islanders have been outshot, 590-489, through the first 18 games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been outshot in 12 of 18 games this season, including six straight from October 15-27. The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.7 shots per game. They have a record of 6-6 when they have been outshot and have a record of 2-3 in games when they've outshot the opponent. The Islanders recorded a season-high 40 shots, including 20 in the first period last Thursday against the Flyers. The  Islanders have also allowed 40 or more shots in a game twice during the season, and have a record of 1-1.

YORK NETS 100TH NHL GOAL
Mike York scored his 100th NHL goal in the Islanders 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the Nassau Coliseum. Robert Nilsson and Alexei Zhitnik received the assists on the first period power play tally. It was just York's second goal as the Islanders. He recorded 58 as a member of the New York Rangers and 40 as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

GOING BACK-TO-BACK
The Islanders completed their first set of back-to-back games of the season with a sweep of the New York Rangers on October 19-20. The Islanders are scheduled to play 10 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season, four fewer than they had in 2003-04. The next back-to-back set for the Islanders is this week with a game on Wednesday, November 16 at Atlanta and Thursday, November 17 at Tampa Bay. The Islanders played 14 back-to-back sets in 2003-04, posting a 13-13-1-1 record in those 28 contests; 8-6-0-0 in the first games of back-to-back sets and 5-7-1-1 in the second games.

IN THE EXTRA SESSION
Shawn Bates scored the game-winning goal with 28.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on November 1 at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are 3-0 in overtime (two shootout victories) this season and have a lifetime record of 65-60-194 in overtime. Last season, the Islanders had a record of 2-4-11 in overtime.

ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 5-3-0 at home this season, scoring 27 goals and allowing 28. The last two Islander home wins have come against the Boston Bruins by a combined score of 9-5. The Islanders have one loss at home in November, a 5-1 decision by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

TOUGH TO BEAT AT HOME
The Islanders had a record of 25-11-4-1 at home during the 2003-04 season. The Islanders ranked first in the East and third in the NHL in home wins. The 25 wins and 55 points at home were the most in 19 years (1985-86 season).  During the 2003-04 campaign, the Islanders had a nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3-0) in February marked the longest streak since the 1989-90 season.

COLISEUM ATTENDANCE UPDATE
The Islanders have a total attendance of 103,589 after eight games at the Nassau Coliseum, for an average of 12,949 (77.8% capacity) with one sellout.  Last season after seven games at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders had a total attendance of 84,866, an average of 12,266 (79.8% capacity) with one sellout. The seating capacity for the Nassau Coliseum is 16,234.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, November 16: Game day skate at Philips Arena, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 17: Game day skate at St. Pete Times-Forum, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Friday, November 18: Bank Airlines Arena, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 19: Game day skate at Bank Airlines Arena, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 20: No practice.

Monday, November 21: Islanders Iceworks, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

NEXT 10 GAMES
Wednesday, November 16 at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 17 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 19 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 23 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 25 vs. Ottawa, 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 26 at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, November 29 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 4 at Detroit, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6 at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE - BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, beat the Lowell Lock Monsters 5-1 at home Sunday to complete a sweep of a three-game-in-three-day weekend. It was also the fifth straight win and second in a row at home for the Sound Tigers who are now 7-6-1 on the season.

Matt Koalska, Rob Collins, Wyatt Smith, Allan Rourke and Evgeny Tunik scored for the Tigers and Wade Dubielewicz was the first star of the game with 29 saves. Tunik, drafted by the Islanders in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, is also on a three-game point/assist streak.

The Sound Tiger's next game is tonight at 7 p.m. as they host the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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