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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Rangers

Wednesday, 12.28.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Rangers
7:00 pm, FSN (for Joe Howie & Deb), Bloomberg 1130

We're sure you know the storylines: both teams (especially the Islanders) badly needing a win. Islanders/Team USA goalie DiPietro vs. Rangers/Team Sweden netminder King Henrik. The Rangers playing their best hockey in almost a decade. The Islanders struggling mightily to find their game, admittedly underachieving. Yashin and Satan against Jagr and his mates. Will Blake and Bates again be the difference or one of the Rangers' many impressive foot soldiers?
 
But here's something you may not know -- tonight's game between the Islanders and Rangers is THE hottest ticket in New York today. (You'll have to take our word of it. You should see some of the crazy requests we've received.)
 
Not the NBA. Not "Wicked." No, despite the year away -- and despite lukewarm attention in most media outlets -- the hottest ticket in New York is a National Hockey League game. And that's a very cool thing.
 
Here are tonight's game notes, courtesy of Islanders media relations coordinator Corey Witt.
 


INJURY REPORT
- Center Kevin Colley (knee sprain) was injured on Dec. 13 and was placed on the Injured Reserve on Dec. 17. He is out indefinitely.
- Center Oleg Kvasha (ankle) was injured on Nov. 26 and is currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive on Nov. 26
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 22 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
 
Total Man-Games Lost (After 34 games): 67  

2005-06 NEW YORK ISLANDERS MAN-GAMES LOST

 

PLAYER

GAMES MISSED

INJURY

Arron Asham

1

Rib Muscle

Shawn Bates

16

Hip Strain (4), Hamstring Strain (12)

Jason Blake

2

Concussion

Kevin Colley

5

Knee Sprain

Rick DiPietro

2

Concussion (1), Bruised Knee (1)

Oleg Kvasha

11

Ankle

Petteri Nokelainen

23

Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (22)

Mark Parrish

4

Hip Strain

Brent Sopel

3

Sprained Wrist

Total Games Missed:

67

 


       
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
December 23 Activated forward Shawn Bates from the Injured Reserve. Recalled forward Jeff Hamilton on an emergency basis and returned him to Bridgeport (AHL) following the game.
December 21 Recalled forwards Rob Collins and Jeff Hamilton on an emergency basis and returned them to Bridgeport following the game.
December 20 Returned forwards Rob Collins, Jeremy Colliton and Jeff Hamilton to Bridgeport.                       
 
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Jason Blake, Miroslav Satan 16
Assists... Alexei Yashin 21
Points... Alexei Yashin 35
Penalty Minutes... Arron Asham 72
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake +5
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals... Mark Parrish 9
Power Play Assists... Alexei Zhitnik 15
Power Play Points... Alexei Zhitnik 17
Shots... Jason Blake 135
Shooting Percentage... Mark Parrish 24.5%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:32 per game
 
LIFETIME SERIES NOTES
Tonight's game is the 196th regular season meeting and 235th meeting all-time between the Islanders and the New York Rangers. The Islanders currently trail the all-time series 86-89-19-1. At the Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders have a 55-33-8-1 record versus the Rangers. This is the fourth of eight meetings between the teams this season. In the season series, the Islanders have a 2-1-0 to 1-1-1 lead over the Rangers in three games.
 
Did You Know? The Islanders shootout victory over the Rangers on Oct. 19 at Madison Square Garden was the first shootout for both teams. Islanders winger Miroslav Satan netted the determining goal for the Islanders.
 
2005-06 Season Series:
October 19, 2005: Islanders 3, Rangers 2 (F/SO) Madison Square Garden
October 20, 2005: Islanders 5, Rangers 4 Nassau Coliseum
October 27, 2005: Rangers 3, Islanders 1 - Madison Square Garden
December 28, 2005: 7:00 PM Nassau Coliseum
February 7, 2006: 7:00 PM Nassau Coliseum
March 29, 2006: 7:00 PM Nassau Coliseum
April 6, 2006: 7:00 PM - Madison Square Garden
April 11, 2006: 7:00 PM - Madison Square Garden
 
ISLANDERS OLYMPIC SPIRIT
Jason Blake, Rick DiPietro and Mark Parrish were named to Team USA for the upcoming 2006 Winter Games in Turino, Italy. This is the first time each of the three players will be representing their home country in Olympic play. In September 2004, Blake and DiPietro played for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey. Parrish has represented the United States in three World Champions (1998, 2001 & 2005), while DiPietro has played in two World Championships (2001 & 2005). Blake has made one appearance at the World Championships (2000).
 
Miroslav Satan is heading back to the Olympics for the third time and will suit up for Team Slovakia in Italy. Also returning to the Olympics is center Alexei Yashin and defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. For Yashin this will also be his third Olympics after playing for Team Russia in 1998 and 2002. The 2006 games will also be Zhitnik's third tour with Team Russia and first since 1998. He chose not to join the team at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. Yashin has won Olympic Silver (1998) and Bronze (2002), while Zhitnik has won Silver (1998) and Gold (1992).
 
YASHIN RECORDS 700TH NHL POINT
Islanders captain Alexei Yashin recorded his 700th NHL point on Dec. 26 at Buffalo. After scoring earlier in the second period, Yashin recorded the secondary assist on the Miroslav Satan tally to reach the milestone.
 
Earlier this season, Yashin scored his 300th NHL career goal on November 14th at Pittsburgh. He also recorded his 200th point as an Islander on November 26 at Philadelphia Flyers. For his career, Yashin has 305 goals with 295 assists for 700 points. As a Islander, Yashin has recorded 87 goals with 122 assists for 209 points. This is Yashin's fourth season as an Islander.
 
BATES RETURNS
Shawn Bates is back in the lineup after missing 12 games with a hamstring strain, which he suffered on Nov. 19 at Florida. He has been back in the lineup for two games, but has yet to record a point. In 19 games this season, Bates has 10 goals and two assists for 12 points. Before sustaining is injury, Batesled the league in shooting percentage with a mark of 35.7 percent.
 
BLAKE IS BACK, PLAYS IN 300TH GAME AS AN ISLANDER
After suffering a moderate concussion on Dec. 13 vs. Minnesota, Jason Blake is back in the lineup and hasn't missed a beat. Blake is off to the best start of his career this season. Through his first 33 games of the season, Blake has recorded 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 point and his tied for second on the team in scoring. His goal total places him in a tie with Miroslav Satan for first on the squad. Entering this season, his best mark through 33 games came in 2002-03 when he had 18 points and finished the year with career-highs with 25 goals, 30 assists and 55 points.
 
Currently, Blake has points in nine of his last 13 games (9+6). That includes a game against Philadelphia on Nov. 26 when he netted his third career hat trick. Most recently, Blake chipped in a goal at Buffalo on Dec. 26.
 
Blake also recently played in his 300th game as an Islander on Dec. 23 vs. Ottawa. He has played in 382 games in his NHL career with the other 82 Los Angeles Kings. After going undrafted, Bale was signed by the Kings in April of 1999. The Islanders acquired Blake from the Kings on January 3, 2001 for a fifth round draft pick.
 
A "MIKE YORK" STATE OF MIND
Although Mike York's eight-game scoring streak was snapped on Dec. 23 versus Ottawa, he's still one of the Islanders hottest skaters. He recently got back on the scoring sheet with an assist at Buffalo on Dec. 26. In the last 10 games, York has netted 16 points (6+10). He started off his hot streak by scoring the game-wining goal in Detroit on Dec. 4th and then tied a single-game high in points with five at Columbus two days later on Dec. 6th. He's also scored a power play goal at Columbus on Dec. 8th. He added one assist in three straight games (Dec. 13-Dec. 19) and scored a goal with two assists on Dec. 21st vs. New Jersey. Earlier this year, York scored his 100th NHL goal in the Islanders 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005 at the Nassau Coliseum. On the season, York has recorded seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points and is sixth on the team in scoring.
 
HAMILTON OFF TO FAST START
Forward Jeff Hamilton is taking advantage of his stint with the Islanders. In five games, Hamilton has recorded five points (1+4). After re-signing with the Islanders on Nov. 15, Hamilton finally got his chance this season when he was recalled for the Islanders Dec. 17 game versus Colorado. In just his second career NHL game, but first of the season, Hamilton recorded his first NHL goal/point at the 2:24 mark of the first period versus the Avalanche. He put the puck past Colorado goaltender David Aebischer. On Dec. 19 at Toronto, Hamilton recorded his first two NHL assists and added his third and fourth on Dec. 21 vs. New Jersey and on Dec. 23 vs. Ottawa, respectively. Hamilton made his NHL debut on Dec. 2, 2003 vs. Washington.
 
HIT OR BE HIT
Arron Asham and Trent Hunter have a hit or be hit type of mentality. Coming out of the holiday break, Hunter is in seventh place in the NHL with 93, while Asham is eighth with 89. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defenseman with 71 and is 20th in the NHL. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 628 hits on their opponents this season. In Monday's game, Eric Godard led the team with three.
 
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Team captain Alexei Yashin leads the team in scoring with 35 points (14+21) in 35 games. This season, Yashin has recorded a point in 26 of 35 games. He has also scored in 15 of the last 20 games (6+14) and seven of the last 12. He's also had seven multiple-point games. This is Yashin's second best start since the 2001-02 season, his first as an Islander. That season he finished with 32 goals, 43 assists and 75 points. Through the first 35 games of that season he had 38 points.
 
This season, he had a season-high seven-game point streak from Oct. 10-25, collecting 11 points (5+6). In addition to his seven-game point streak, Yashin recorded an assist in five consecutive games (Oct. 15-25) and had a five-game scoring streak (2+3) (11/15-12/6). The seven-game point streak was Yashin's longest since the 2003-04, when he had a nine-game point streak with 13 points (3+10) from Nov. 14-Dec. 3.
 
ISLANDERS IN DECEMBER
The Islanders have played well in December with a 5-4-1 record in 10 games. The Islanders will play a total of 12 games this month, six at home and six on the road. In 2003-04, the Islanders were 10-4-0-1 in December.

DECEMBER AT A GLANCE

Date

Time

Opponent

Result/Location

12/4

 

at Detroit

W 2-1

12/6

 

at St. Louis

W 6-3

12/8

 

at Columbus

SOL 3-4

12/10

 

Edmonton

W 3-2

12/13

 

Minnesota

L 3-4

12/17

 

Colorado

W 5-4

12/19

 

at Toronto

L 6-9

12/21

 

New Jersey

W 4-2

12/23

 

Ottawa

L 2-4

12/26

 

at Buffalo

L 3-6

12/28

7:00 PM

NY Rangers

Nassau Coliseum

12/30

7:30 PM

at Ottawa

Corel Centre

 

 

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

5

6

0

Nov.

7

6

1

Dec.

5

4

1

Totals

17

16

2


 * The Islanders have an overtime victory, three shootout victories and two shootout losses. They have not yet lost in overtime. See below for details.
 
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 8-7-1 at home this season, scoring 52 goals and allowing 58. The team has won three of their last five games at home going back to their Dec. 10th win over Edmonton. The Islanders next home game is Wednesday, Dec. 29 versus the New York Rangers.
 
MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM   

 

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

3

2

0

Nov.

2

3

1

Dec.

3

2

0

Totals

8

7

1


 
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have lost their last two road games with the most recent defeat occurring at Buffalo on Dec. 26. They also lost at Toronto on Dec. 19. In their last 10 road games, the Islanders have a record of 6-3-1. The Islanders next road game is on Dec. 30 at Ottawa. It will be the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this season.
 
The Islanders have a five-game road trip in March, which will also take them to Atlanta, Boston, Florida, New Jersey and Tampa Bay.

MONTH-BY-MONTH ON THE ROAD   

 

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

2

3

0

Nov.

5

3

0

Dec.

2

2

1

Totals

9

8

1

 
 
THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- The Islanders killed off five of eight Buffalo power plays on Monday night.
- They have now allowed 17 power play goals in the last 10 games (67 chances).
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 192 of 238 (80.7%) power play attempts in 35 games this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 10th in the NHL on the road with an 83.5 penalty kill percentage, while they are ranked 30th at home with a penalty kill percentage of 77.5.
- They have allowed a power play goal in eight straight.
- 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 Nov. 8th and last until the second penalty kill of the team's game vs. Buffalo on Nov. 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 Oct. 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 Oct. 8 and Jason Blake scored a shorthanded tally in the Islanders' 5-3 win over Washington on Oct. 13.    
 
THE ISLANDERS ON THE MAN ADVANTAGE
- The Islanders were one for five on the power play versus Buffalo on Monday night.
- They have 15 power play goals in the last 10 games (72 chances).
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 26 of 35 games this season.
- They are 42-225(18.7%) on the man-advantage and are 10th in the NHL. On the road, the team's power play is seventh in the NHL at 18.5%, while they are ranked 13th at home at 19.0%.
- 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. 
 
DECIDED BY THE SHOOTOUT
The Islanders have participated in five shootouts this season and have an overall record of 3-2 and are 1-1 at the Coliseum. Rick DiPietro has been the Islanders goaltender in each shootout.
 
The most recent shootout occurred on Dec. 10th when Alexei Yashin and Trent Hunter (determining goal) scored for the Islanders as Rick DiPietro stopped two of three Edmonton Oilers shooters for the win.
 
On Dec. 8th, the Islanders lost in the shootout for the second time this season. Alexei Yashin, Miroslav Satan and Mike York all missed fired on their attempts. Rick DiPietro stopped two of three shooters with Columbus' Davide Vyborny scoring the determining goal
 
On Nov. 23, the Islanders lost their first shootout since its inception dropping the decision to the Buffalo Sabres at the Coliseum. Ales 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 shootout victory over the Penguins on Nov. 14 was the second longest so far in the NHL this season. Eighteen shooters were used by both teams, which at the time set a new standard in the inaugural season for the shootout. Jason Blake netted the determining goal against goaltender Jocelyn Thibault and Islanders' goaltender Rick DiPietro stopped seven of nine Penguin shooters, including rookie Ryan Whitney to seal the win.
 
The team's first shoot out victory came against the New York Rangers in a 3-2 decision at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 19. In that contest, Miroslav Satan scored the only shootout goal against Henrik Lundqvist.

SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 13-6-1 this season when scoring first and 4-9-1 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. 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.   
 
SHOTS ON GOAL
The Islanders have been outshot, 1,139-1017, through the first 35 games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been outshot in 24 of 35 games this season, including a stretch of seven games that started on Nov. 19 at Florida and ended at St. Louis on Dec. 6. The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.5 shots per game. Thirteen of the team's 16 victories have come when the team has been outshot. They have a record of 13-10-1 when they have been outshot and have a record of 3-6-1 in games when they've outshot the opponent. The Islanders are 1-0 in games where they tie their opponents shot total.
 
The Islanders recorded a season-high 40 shots, including 20 in the first period at Philadelphia on Nov. 10 and tied that mark at Columbus on Dec. 8. The Islanders have also allowed 40 or more shots in a game four times this season and have a record of 2-2. The most recent game was the team's loss versus the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 25.
 
IN THE EXTRA SESSION
In the Islanders last overtime game, Shawn Bates scored the game-winning goal with 28.2 seconds left to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Nov. 1 at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are 4-2 in overtime/shootout (one overtime win, three shootout victories, two shootout losses) this season and have a lifetime record of 66-61-194 in overtime. Last season, the Islanders had a record of 2-4-11 in overtime.
 
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Arron Asham is one point away from his 100th NHL point.
- Arron Asham is nine games away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Kevin Colley's next goal will be his first NHL goal.
- Oleg Kvasha is seven points away from his 200th NHL point.
- Mark Parrish is four points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Tomi Pettinen's next goal will be his first NHL goal.
- Miroslav Satan is six power play goals away from his 100th NHL power play goal.
- Wyatt Smith's next goal will be his first as an Islander.
- Alexei Yashin is five assists away from his 400th NHL assist.
 
MILESTONES REACHED THIS SEASON
- Chris Campoli, Robert Nilsson and Petteri Nokelainen each played in their first NHL game on Oct. 5th, 2005 at Buffalo.
- Chris Campoli scored his first NHL goal/point on his first NHL shot on Oct. 5th, 2005 at Buffalo.
- Petteri Nokelainen scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13th at Washington.
- Robert Nilsson scored his first NHL goal vs. Buffalo on Oct. 29.
- Alexei Yashin scored his 300th career NHL goal on Nov. 14th at Pittsburgh.
- Alexei Zhitnik played in his 900th NHL career game on Nov. 14th at Pittsburgh.
- Jeremy Colliton played in his first NHL game on Nov. 23rd vs. Buffalo.
- Arron Asham played in his 300th NHL game on Nov. 25th vs. Ottawa.
- Rick DiPietro played in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 25th vs. Ottawa.
- Alexei Yashin scored his 200th point as an Islander on Nov. 26th at Philadelphia.
- Bruno Gervais made his NHL debut on Dec. 4th at Detroit.
- Mike York played in his 400th NHL game on Dec. 4th at Detroit
- Brad Lukowich played in his 400th NHL game on Dec. 6th at St. Louis.
- Mark Parrish recorded his 150th NHL goal on Nov. 29th vs. Philadelphia.
- Mark Parrish recorded his 100th goal as an Islander on Nov. 29th vs. Philadelphia.
- Jeff Hamilton scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 17 vs. Colorado.
- Rob Collins made his NHL debut on Dec. 17 vs. Colorado.
- Rob Collins recorded his first NHL assists on Dec. 19 at Toronto.
- Rob Collins scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 19 at Toronto.
- Eric Godard scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 19 at Toronto.
- Jeff Hamilton recorded his first two NHL assists on Dec. 19 at Toronto.
- Jason Blake recorded his 200th point as an Islander on Dec. 21 vs. New Jersey.
- Jason Blake played in his 300th games as an Islander on Dec. 23 vs. Ottawa.
- Alexei Yashin his 700th NHL point on Dec. 26 at Buffalo.
 
 
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
Thursday, December 29: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Friday, December 30: Game day skate at Corel Center, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Saturday, December 31: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am-11:30 pm
Sunday, January 1: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am-11:30 pm
Monday, January 2: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am 11:15 am
Tuesday, January 3: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Wednesday, January 4: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am 11:15 am
Thursday, January 5: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
 
 
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Wednesday, December 28 vs. New York Rangers, 7:00 pm
Friday, December 30 at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 pm
Monday, January 2 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 4 vs. Florida, 7:00 pm
Friday, January 6 at Carolina, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 7 vs. Carolina, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 10 at Nashville, 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 12 vs. Calgary, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 14 vs. Vancouver, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 17 at Chicago, 7:30 pm

SCHEDULE

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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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