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GAME PREVIEW: Rangers at Islanders

Thursday, 02.02.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW: Rangers at Islanders
7:00 pm, FSN (for Howie, Joe & Deb); Bloomberg 1130 (for JW & Kinger)

The Islanders have won three straight games, but are they ready for their rivals and one of the best teams in the East, the New York Rangers?

"It's a playoff game for us, with what I'm sure will be a playoff atmosphere," said Islanders head coach Brad Shaw. "It's a great test for us as we go for four in a row and try to get back in the playoff hunt."

Jeremy Colliton has been recalled from Bridgeport and will likely take Kevin Colley's place on the fourth line. Rick DiPietro and Kevin Weekes will be the starters in goal.

PREVIOUS GAME
January 31, 2006
Islanders 5, Washington 3
 
Jason Blake and Oleg Kvasha each netted a pair of goals and Rick DiPietro made 26 stops on 29 shots as the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals at the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night. The win was the Islanders third straight, matching the team's longest winning streak of the season. Miroslav Satan also scored his 20th goal of the season and Shawn Bates had a pair of assists.
 
INJURY REPORT
- Kevin Colley (neck) was injured on Jan. 31 and is out indefinitely.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 38 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
- Garth Snow (sprained MCLs in both knees) was injured on Jan. 4 and is out 3-4 weeks. He was placed on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Jan. 4.
 
Total Man-Games Lost (After 51 games): 113  
 

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

5

Concussion (2), Bruised Ribs (3)

Kevin Colley

11

Knee Sprain

Rick DiPietro

7

Concussion (1), Bruised Knee (1), Sprained Knee (5)

Oleg Kvasha

12

Ankle

Brad Lukowich

3

Strained Ribs

Petteri Nokelainen*

39

Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (38)

Mark Parrish

4

Hip Strain

Garth Snow*

12

Knee Sprain

Brent Sopel

             3

Sprained Wrist

Total Games Missed:

113

 

  
*Denotes currently on Injured Reserve.      
 
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
February 1 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport (AHL).
January 26 Recalled defenseman Joel Bouchard from Bridgeport and reassigned forward Jeff Hamilton to Bridgeport.
January 20 Reassigned defenseman Bruno Gervais to Bridgeport.
January 16 Recalled forward Jeff Hamilton from Bridgeport and reassigned forward Sean Bergenheim to Bridgeport.  
 
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan - 20
Assists... Alexei Yashin, Mike York 27
Points... Alexei Yashin 44
Penalty Minutes... Arron Asham 90
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake +3
Game-Winning Goals... Mark Parrish 5
Power Play Goals... Mark Parrish - 11
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 16
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 22
Shots... Jason Blake 187
Shooting Percentage... Mark Parrish 23.2%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:16 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 144
 
LIFETIME SERIES
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?
A total of 50 players have played for both the Islanders and Rangers. The newest addition to that list is Islanders defenseman Joel Bouchard. Bouchard, who is in his first season with the Islanders, played for the Rangers from 2002-03 to 2003-04.
 
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: Rangers 6, Islanders 2 Nassau Coliseum
**Tonight** February 2, 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
 
KEVIN COLLEY UPDATE
In Thursday night's game versus the Washington Capitals, Islanders forward Kevin Colley suffered a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebrae. He was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital this morning. On Thursday, Chief of Spine Dr. Andrew Hecht will perform surgery to repair and stabilize his cervical spine. No spinal cord damage was suffered.
 
COLLITON RECALLED
The Islanders have recalled center Jeremy Colliton. The 21-year-old Blackie, Alberta native has played in four games with the Islanders this season, but has not recorded any points. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 23 vs. Buffalo. In 46 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL this season, Colliton has scored 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points and 40 penalty minutes. Colliton is the fourth leading scoring for the Sound Tigers and leads the team in plus/minus with a rating of +10.
 
Colliton was drafted by the Islanders in the second round (58th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. This is his first professional season.  
 
MIRO NETS 20TH
Miroslav Satan scored his 20th goal of the season on Tuesday night. The tally marks the eighth straight season that the Olympian has his the 20-goal plateau. Satan currently leads the Islanders in goals scored. In his 10th season in the NHL, Satan has scored 279 goals with 278 assists for 557 points in 755 games.
 
PLENTY OF SHOTS
When the Islanders unloaded a season-high 51 shots on goal and let up a season-high 44 shots on goal last Saturday night at Boston, they set a new franchise record for most combined shots in a game with 95. The previous record 94 set on Oct. 12, 1993 at Los Angeles. The Islanders recorded 43 shots on goal and the Kings recorded 51.
 
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 144, while Arron Asham is in fifth with 140. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 97. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 961 hits against their opponents this season. In Tuesday's game, Asham and Hunter led the team with seven hits each.
 
ISLANDERS FINISH JANUARY
The Islanders finished the month of January with a 6-7-1 record. They played eight games at home with a record of 4-4 and six games on the road with a record of 2-4.
 
JANUARY AT A GLANCE

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

L 1-2

1/12

7:00 PM

Calgary

W 3-2

1/14

7:00 PM

Vancouver

L 1-8

1/17

8:30 PM

at Chicago

W/OT 2-1

1/19

7:00 PM

at Carolina

L 3-4

1/21

12:00 PM

at New Jersey

L 2-3 (F/SO)

1/24

7:00 PM

New Jersey

L 0-3

1/26

7:00 PM

Pittsburgh

W 4-3 (F/SO)

1/28

7:00 PM

at Boston

W 4-3

1/31

7:00 PM

Washington

W 5-3

 

MONTH-BY-MONTH

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

5

6

0

Nov.

7

6

1

Dec.

5

6

1

Jan.

6

7

1

Totals

23

25

3

 

* 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 12-12-1 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game is Monday, Feb. 6.
 
MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM

Win

Loss

OTL

Oct.

3

2

0

Nov.

2

3

1

Dec.

3

3

0

Jan.

2

4

0

Feb.

-

-

-

Totals

12

12

1


THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- Washington was 2-4 on the power play against the Islanders on Tuesday night.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 254 of 320 (79.4%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 26th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is 12th in the league with a percentage of 82.6, while at home they are ranked 30th in the league with a percentage of 76.1.
- 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 1-5 on the power play vs. Washington on Tuesday night.
- They are 51-299 (17.2%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 16th in the NHL. On the road, the power play is ranked 13th in the league with a conversion rate of 16.9 percent. At home, they rank 15th in the league with a conversion rate of 17.5 percent.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 34 of 51 games this season.
 
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 16-8-1 this season when scoring first and 7-16-2 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a record of 27-6-5-1 when they scored the first goal of the game. They were 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first.
 
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 16 times this season and have a record of 13-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout four times (at Rangers, Oct. 19, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, vs. Edmonton, Dec. 10 and vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 26). The losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).
 
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 Turin, 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
- Jason Blake is four points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is four games away from his 400th NHL game.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
Friday, February 3: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, February 4: No Morning Skate
Sunday, February 5: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, February 6: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am 11:15 am
Tuesday, February 7: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, February 8: Game day skate at Comcast Center, 10:30 am 11:15 am
Thursday, February 9: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
 
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Thursday, February 2 vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 4 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
Monday, February 6 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 8 at Philadelphia, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 11 at New Jersey, 1:00 pm
Tuesday, February 28 vs. Montreal, 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 2 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 4 vs. Philadelphia, 7:00 pm
Monday, March 6 at Washington, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 7 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 pm

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 22 16 5 1 61 52 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
10 NJD 21 9 9 3 53 61 21
11 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
12 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 20 8 12 -4 20
B. Nelson 20 10 9 5 19
K. Okposo 20 5 14 -1 19
R. Strome 20 4 11 9 15
J. Boychuk 19 2 11 7 13
F. Nielsen 20 5 7 5 12
N. Kulemin 20 4 7 0 11
N. Leddy 20 5 4 8 9
M. Grabovski 17 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 12 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 9 4 0 .918 2.42
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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