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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Nashville

Tuesday, 01.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Nashville
8:00 pm, FSN; Bloomberg 1130

There will be some fresh faces in the Islanders lineup tonight when the puck drops at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, TN.

Before they left the Island yesterday afternoon, the Islanders recalled forward Sean Bergenheim and activated center Kevin Colley from the Injured Reserve. Meanwhile, the team placed goaltenders Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow on the Injured Reserve retroactive of their dates of injury. Wade Dubielewicz is expected to get the start in goal for the third straight game tonight.

Jason Blake remains day-to-day with bruised ribs as does Brad Lukowich with strained ribs. Neither player made the trip to Nashville, but both did skate this morning at the Coliseum. Eric Godard will serve the second game of his two-game suspension tonight.

Here are your game notes:

ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Jason Blake - 17
Assists... Alexei Yashin – 23
Points... Alexei Yashin – 38
Penalty Minutes... Arron Asham – 80
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake – +4
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates – 4
Power Play Goals... Mark Parrish, Miroslav Satan – 9
Power Play Assists... Alexei Zhitnik – 15
Power Play Points... Alexei Zhitnik – 17
Shots... Jason Blake – 145
Shooting Percentage... Mark Parrish – 23.4%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik – 23:48 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter – 112

ISLANDERS AT NASHVILLE
Tonight's game is the tenth all-time meeting between the Islanders and the Nashville Predators. The Islanders currently trail the all-time series 4-5-0-0 and have a record of 2-2-0-0 in Nashville. The last time these teams met in Nashville occurred on February 13, 2003, which was a 2-0 victory for the Predators. The teams did not meet at the Coliseum in the 2003-04 season. This is the only meeting between the teams this season.

2005-06 Season Series:
*Tonight* - January 10, 2005: Gaylord Entertainment Center – 8:00 PM

FROM THE ECHL TO THE NHL IN A WEEK
Islanders goaltender Frederic Cloutier went from the ECHL's Pensacola Ice Pilots to the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers to the NHL's Islanders all in one week. Due to injuries to the team's top two netminders, Cloutier has been called on to back up Wade Dubielewicz. He joined the team last week for the weekend home and home series versus Carolina.

Before signing with the Islanders, Cloutier stopped all 30 shots he faced in the Bridgeport 1-0 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 4. The 24-year old netminder has played three games this season in Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, where he is 1-1 with a 2.15 GAA, and 14 games with Pensacola of the East Coast Hockey League, where he is 5-6-2 with a 3.75 GAA.

Garth Snow remains sidelined and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with MCL sprains in both knees. The veteran goaltender has a Grade 2 sprain of his right knee and a Grade 1 (mild) sprain of his left knee. Snow suffered the injury in the final seconds of regulation of the Islanders' 4-3 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 4. Rick DiPietro is skating with the team, but remains sidelined day-to-day with a sprained knee. He sustained his injury on Dec. 30 at Ottawa.

GODARD SUSPENDED BY NHL
Eric Godard has been suspended by the National Hockey League for two games due to a punching incident involving Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams in last Friday night's game at Carolina on Jan. 6. Godard has served the first of the two games on Jan. 7.

Godard has appeared in a career-high 34 games this season and has recorded two goals with one assist for three points and 62 penalty minutes. He recorded his first NHL goal earlier this season on Dec. 19 at Toronto.

BLAKE REMAINS OUT
Forward Jason Blake remains day-to-day with bruised ribs suffered on Jan. 4 vs. Florida. X-rays were negative.

Blake has been having a career season in 2005-06. Through his first 37 games of the season, Blake has recorded 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points and is second on the team in scoring. Blake also leads the team in goals. Entering this season, his best mark through 37 games came in 2003-04 when he had 24 points.

Blake has points in 12 of his last 17 games (10+8). That includes a game against Philadelphia on Nov. 26 when he netted his third career hat trick. Most recently, Blake recorded an assist vs. Tampa Bay on Jan. 2.

GOING BACK-TO-BACK
In their last back-to-back set, the Islanders lost both games to the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 6-7. The next series in scheduled for March 6-7 when the team travels to Washington for the first game and comes back home versus New Jersey for the second game. 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 Islanders have a record of 2-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 2-2-0 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.

HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 112, while Arron Asham is in fifth with 107. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 83.

ISLANDERS IN JANUARY
The Islanders have a 1-4 record in the month of January this season. The team will play a total of 12 games this month with seven at home and five on the road.


Date

Time

Opponent

Result/Location

1/2

7:00 PM

Tampa Bay

L 1-2

1/4

7:00 PM

Florida

W/OT 4-3

1/6

7:00 PM

at Carolina

L 1-4

1/7

7:00 PM

Carolina

L 0-3

1/10

8:00 PM

at Nashville

Gaylord Entertainment Center

1/12

7:00 PM

Calgary

Nassau Coliseum

1/14

7:00 PM

Vancouver

Nassau Coliseum

1/17

7:30 PM

at Chicago

United Center

1/19

7:00 PM

at Carolina

RBC Center

1/21

12:00 PM

at New Jersey

Continental Airlines Arena

1/24

7:00 PM

New Jersey

Nassau Coliseum

1/26

7:00 PM

Pittsburgh

Nassau Coliseum


     

  

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

5

6

0

Nov.

7

6

1

Dec.

5

6

1

Jan.

1

4

0

Totals

18

21

2

 * The Islanders have two overtime victories, 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 9-10-1 at home this season, scoring 59 goals and allowing 72. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders lost 3-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders next game at home is Thursday versus Calgary.

MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM

 

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

3

2

0

Nov.

2

3

1

Dec.

3

3

0

Jan.

1

2

0

Totals

9

10

1


ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have lost their last four road games with the most recent defeat occurring at Carolina last night. They also lost at Toronto on Dec. 19, at Buffalo on Dec. 26 and at Ottawa on Dec. 30. In their last 10 road games, the Islanders have a record of 4-5-1. Following tonight's contest, the Islanders next road game is tonight at Nashville.

The Islanders longest road trip of the season is a five-game set in March, which will take them to Atlanta, Boston, Florida, New Jersey and Tampa Bay.

MONTH-BY-MONTH ON THE ROAD 

 

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

2

4

0

Nov.

5

3

0

Dec.

2

3

1

Jan.

0

1

0

Totals

9

11

1

THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- Carolina was 2-7 on the power play against the Islanders last Saturday night.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 221 of 275 (80.4%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders have allowed 16 power play goals in the last 10 games (61 chances).
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 25th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is eighth in the league with a percentage of 83.0, while at home they are ranked 28th in the league with a percentage of 77.6
- The Islanders have recorded four shorthanded goals this season. Jason Blake has scored two (Oct. 13 at Washington, Dec. 30 at Ottawa), while Shawn Bates (Oct. 8 vs. Carolina) and Arron Asham (Oct. 20) have netted one apiece.

THE ISLANDERS' POWER PLAY
- The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play versus Carolina on Saturday night.
- They are 44-250 (17.6%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 15th in the NHL.
- The Islanders have scored
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 28 of 41 games this season.

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' David 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 13-8-1 this season when scoring first and 5-12-1 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 out-shot, 1,352-1,198, through 41 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 30 of 41 games this season.
- They have been out-shot in each of the last seven games (starting on Dec. 26 at Buffalo).
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 33.0 shots per game while taking 29.2 shots on goal per game. Fourteen of the team's 18 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 14-15-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 3-6-1 in games when they've out-shot the opponent. The Islanders are 1-0-0 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.

WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the second period 15 times this season and have a record of 12-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout twice (at Rangers, Oct. 19 and at Pittsburgh Nov. 14). The first loss occurred in the shootout when the Islanders dropped a 4-3 decision to the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 23rd. The second occurred on Dec. 26 at Buffalo while the third occurred at Ottawa on Dec. 30.

IN THE EXTRA SESSION
The Islanders have not lost in overtime this season. Most recently, Mark Parrish scored at the 2:15 mark of the extra session to give the Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 4 at the Coliseum. In the previous 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 Coliseum. The Islanders are 5-2 in overtime/shootout (two overtime victories, three shootout victories and two shootout losses) this season and have a lifetime record of 67-61-194 in overtime. Last season, the Islanders had a record of 2-4-11 in overtime.

H.L. GROSS & BROTHERS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Every month, Islanders fans along with H.L. Gross & Brothers Jewelers select the Islander of the Month. With 17 points and an eight-game scoring streak through the first eight games of the month, Mike York was December's Player of the Month.

October - Alexei Yashin
November - Jason Blake
December - Mike York

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 Championships (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).

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Arron Asham is three games away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is nine points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Oleg Kvasha is three points away from his 300th NHL point.
- Mark Parrish is one point away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Mattias Weinhandl is two games away from his 200th NHL game.
- Alexei Yashin is three assists away from his 400th NHL assist.

MILESTONES REACHED THIS SEASON
- Arron Asham scored his 100th NHL point on Jan. 6 at Carolina.
- 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 recorded his 700th NHL point on Dec. 26 at Buffalo.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
Wednesday, January 11: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Thursday, January 12: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Friday, January 13: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, January 14: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Sunday, January 15: No Ice
Monday, January 16: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, January 17: Game day skate at United Center, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
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
Thursday, January 19 at Carolina, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 21 at New Jersey, Noon
Tuesday, January 24 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 pm
Thursday, January 26 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 28 at Boston, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 31 vs. Washington, 7:00 pm

MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE – BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
The Sound Tigers defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-1 at home Sunday upping their unbeaten-in-regulation streak to eight games at 7-0-0-1 and their home unbeaten-in-regulation streak to seven at 6-0-0-1. The loss was just the fourth in regulation this season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Sound Tigers have also handed the Penguins their only two road regulation losses this season.

The Sound Tigers will finish a five-game homestand when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack this Wednesday, January 11th at 7:35 pm. All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at www.soundtigers.com. Fans can also watch all games live on the B2 Networks

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 10 8 2 0 27 26 16
2 TBL 10 6 3 1 34 26 13
3 NYI 9 6 3 0 35 31 12
4 DET 9 5 2 2 22 19 12
5 PIT 8 5 2 1 33 22 11
6 OTT 8 5 2 1 22 17 11
7 PHI 9 4 3 2 29 32 10
8 NYR 9 5 4 0 27 30 10
9 NJD 9 4 3 2 28 33 10
10 WSH 9 4 3 2 27 23 10
11 BOS 11 5 6 0 29 28 10
12 TOR 9 4 4 1 25 25 9
13 CBJ 9 4 5 0 25 30 8
14 FLA 7 2 2 3 10 16 7
15 BUF 10 2 8 0 11 33 4
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 9 6 6 4 12
J. Tavares 9 4 8 -2 12
K. Okposo 9 3 8 -3 11
F. Nielsen 9 4 4 4 8
J. Boychuk 9 2 6 5 8
R. Strome 9 0 7 5 7
M. Grabovski 6 3 3 4 6
N. Kulemin 9 1 5 3 6
N. Leddy 9 3 2 4 5
J. Bailey 7 2 2 2 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Johnson 3 0 0 .891 3.00
J. Halak 3 3 0 .889 3.51

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