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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Philadelphia

Saturday, 11.26.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Philadelphia
2 p.m., FSN; Bloomberg 1130

The Islanders continue their stretch against the cream of the Eastern Conference on Saturday afternoon, when they play in Philadelphia just 24 hours after dropping a 6-2 home loss to the Ottawa Senators.

"If we're going to make our mark in the conference," said Steve Stirling after Friday's loss, "we're going to have better performances and better results against the best, like Ottawa and the Flyers."

Tonight's game marks the start of a home-and-home series for the clubs. After today's contest, the teams meet again on Tuesday, November 29 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

So far in 2005-06, the Islanders have dropped both games to the Flyers. The first meeting between the clubs was on October 15, which was a 5-1 Flyers win. The second meeting was earlier this month on November 10 and although it was a much tighter game, the Flyers prevailed 3-2.


2005-06 Season Series:
October 15, 2005: Philadelphia 5, Islanders 1

November 10, 2005: Philadelphia 3, Islanders 2

November 26, 2005: At Comcast Center 2:00 p.m.

November 29, 2005: At Nassau Coliseum 7:00 p.m.

February 8, 2006: At Comcast Center 7:00 p.m.

March 4, 2006: At Nassau Coliseum 7:00 p.m.

April 2, 2006: At Nassau Coliseum 1:00 p.m. 


PREVIOUS GAME
November 23, 2005
Ottawa Senators 6, New York Islanders 2
The Islanders couldn't hold off the hottest team in the NHL as they fell to the Ottawa Senators 6-2 at the Nassau Coliseum on Friday afternoon. Patrick Eaves scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period as the Senators fired 45 shots towards Islander's netminder Rick DiPietro, who made 39 saves. Dominick Hasek made 31 saves on 33 shots for the win. Alexei Yashin and Alexei Zhitnik scored for the Islanders. 


INJURY REPORT
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last nine games.

- Forward Shawn Bates (hamstring strain) was injured in Saturday's win in Florida and is out 4-5 weeks. He is currently on the Injured Reserve.


Total Man-Games Lost (After 23 games): 27   

2005-06 NEW YORK ISLANDERS MAN-GAMES LOST
Arron Asham - 1 game - Rib Muscle
Shawn Bates - 6 games - Hip Strain (4), Hamstring Strain (2)
Rick DiPietro - 2 games - Concussion (1), Bruised Right Knee (1)
Petteri Nokelainen - 11 games - Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (10)
Mark Parrish - 4 games - Hip Strain
Brent Sopel - 3 games - Left Sprained Wrist

 

2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
November 25 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport (AHL).

November 23 Returned center Jeremy Colliton to Bridgeport.

November 21 Placed forward Shawn Bates on the Injured Reserve List and called up center Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport.

November 18 Assigned forward Luchiano Aquino from Bridgeport to Trenton (ECHL).

November 15 Signed forward Jeff Hamilton and assigned him to Bridgeport.

November 2 - Reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.

October 31 - Recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.

October 28 Reassigned center Kevin Colley to Bridgeport.

October 27 Recalled center Kevin Colley from Bridgeport.

October 15 - Reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.

October 14 Recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.


ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders are back on the road with a match up against the Flyers today. The team recently finished up their second longest road trip of the season, a span of four games, with a 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers last Saturday night (11/19). They also defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a shootout last Monday night (11/14) and the Atlanta Thrashers 7-3 last Wednesday night (11/16), while losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 last Thursday night (11/17), the second of a back-to-back. 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 7-6 on the road so far this season.


GOING BACK-TO-BACK
Last week, the Islanders completed their second set of back-to-back games, splitting the pair of the road games. The team defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 7-3 last Wednesday night, but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 last Thursday night. Earlier in the season, the Islanders swept their first set of back-to-back games of the season by taking out 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 team's is in the midst of a back-to-back series this week. They lost to the Ottawa Senators on Friday at home and faceoff against Philadelphia today.

The Islanders have a record of 2-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 1-1-0 record in the second game. 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.


BATES ON IR, NOKELAINEN STILL OUT
With Shawn Bates expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks with a strained hamstring, the Islanders have placed him the Injured Reserve list. Bates has missed the Islanders last two games. Rookie center Petteri Nokelainen remains out with patella tendonitis and has missed the last ten games.

Before sustaining the injury in the final minutes in last Saturday night's win at Florida, Bates was on a hot streak with eight goals (8+1) in the past seven games. He's currently tied for second for the team-lead in goals scored with Alexei Yashin with ten and already surpassed his total from 2003-04. The Islanders are 7-0 in games that Bates has scored a goal, 8-0 if his shootout goal is counted. Bates also leads the league in shooting percentage with a mark of 35.7% and leads the team with four game winners (second in the NHL), 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 12 points this season (10+2).

In twelve games, Nokelainen has a goal and an assist with four penalty minutes. He scored his first career NHL goal on October 13 at Washington, which turned out to be the game-winner.


COLLITON GETS HIS CHANCE
With Bates and Nokelainen out, the Islanders have recalled rookie Center Jeremy Colliton from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL). Colliton was drafted by the Islanders in the second round (58th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Playing in his first career NHL game this past Wednesday night, Colliton played 1:57 on four shifts. On Friday afternoon, Colliton saw an increased role, playing eleven shifts for 7:42 of ice time. With the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League this season, Colliton has tallied four goals and four assists for eight points.


CAPTAIN YASH LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Team captain Alexei Yashin leads the team in scoring with 25 points (11+14) in 23 games. This season, Yashin has recorded a point in 18 of 23 games, ten of the past thirteen (5+8) and in the last seven of eight games (3-6-8). He's also had five multiple-point games, including last week in Tampa Bay. 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.


IN NOVEMBER
The Islanders have a record of 6-6-0 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

Oct.

5

6

0

Nov.

6

6

0

 

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


STREAKS SNAPPED
In the Islanders 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, two impressive streaks were snapped. In the first period, Buffalo scored a power play goal, which was the first tally the Islanders allowed with the opposition on the man advantage in six complete games and 37 total chances. The other streak was victories with the lead after two periods. Before Wednesday night, the Islanders were unbeaten in 61 games (53-0-8) when taking a lead into the third period. The streak was the longest in the NHL. The streak began on December 28, 2002 with a 3-0 win vs. Carolina.  


NOT BAD WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have only lost once in 61 games (53 wins, eight ties and one overtime loss in the shootout) when taking a lead into the third period. The Islanders are 9-0-1 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. The only loss occurred in the shootout this past Wednesday night when the Islanders dropped a 4-3 decision to the Buffalo Sabres. During the 2003-04 season, the Islanders were 26-0-5-0 when leading after two periods.


THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- The Islanders killed off thee of six Senators power plays on Friday afternoon.

- They have allowed four power play goals in the last eight games (45 chances).

- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 135 of 157 (85.9%) power play attempts in 23 games this season.

- This season, the Islanders had a streak of 37 consecutive penalty kills, which spanned six complete games and parts of two others. The streak started during the team's game at New Jersey on November 8th and last until the second penalty kill of the team's game vs. Buffalo on November 23rd. Chris Drury scored on the power play for the Sabres at 17:29 of the first period to snap the Islanders consecutive penalty kill streak.

- The Islanders have recorded three shorthanded goals this season. Arron Asham scored a shorthanded goal in the Islanders' 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 Isles' 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on October 8 and Jason Blake scored a shorthanded tally in the Islanders' 5-3 win over Washington on October 13.    


THE ISLANDERS ON THE MAN ADVANTAGE
- The Islanders were 1-6 on the power play against Ottawa on Friday afternoon.

- They have eleven power play goals in the last nine games.

- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 16 of 23 games this season.

- They are 24-148 (16.2%) on the man-advantage. Last season, the Islanders recorded at least one power play goal in 38 of 82 games. They had a rcord of 27-9-3, including a mark of 16-4-1 at home in games that they scored at least one power play goal. 


ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 5-5-0 at home this season, scoring 32 goals and allowing 37. The last two Islander home wins have come against the Boston Bruins by a combined score of 9-5. The Islanders have three losses at home in November, a 5-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins, a 4-3 decision (F/SO) to the Buffalo Sabres and a 6-2 decision to the Ottawa Senators.


DECIDED BY THE SHOOTOUT
On Wednesday night, the Islanders lost their first shootout since its inception dropping the decision to the Buffalo Sabres at the Coliseum. Alex Kotalik (determining goal) and Tim Connolly scored against Rick DiPietro, while Alexei Yashin and Jason Blake failed on their attempts for the Islanders. The Islanders are now 2-1 in shootouts.

The Islanders shootout victory over the Penguins on November 14 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. Jason Blake netted the determining 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

Aaron Asham

1

0

0

Shawn Bates

1

1

0

Jason Blake

2

1

1

Trent Hunter

1

1

0

Robert Nilsson

1

0

0

Mark Parrish

2

0

0

Miroslav Satan

2

1

1

Alexei Yashin

3

0

0

Mike York

1

0

0

TOTALS

12

4

2

GOALTENDER

GAME

ATTEMPTS

GOALS

RESULT

Rick DiPietro

10/10 at NYR

3

0

W

 

11/14 at PIT

9

2

W

 

11/23 vs. BUF

3

2

L

DiPietro Totals

 

15

4

2-1

 

 


 

SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 9-5

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
5 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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