ISLES READY FOR POST-OLYMPIC CHARGE

Monday, 02.27.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ISLES READY FOR POST-OLYMPIC CHARGE

by Corey Witt

With the Olympic break in the rearview mirror and all five Olympians back with the team, the Islanders skated as a complete squad today for the first time since their 2-1 victory in New Jersey on February 11. It was clear that everyone at Islanders Iceworks today had one thing on their mind: the playoff push.

The Islanders find themselves only six points behind the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens, who also happen to be their opponent tomorrow night at the Nassau Coliseum. A win tomorrow and the Islanders are right back in the thick of it and all 22 players know it.

"We're chasing a few teams, but if we keep winning, we can jump over them quickly," said Mark Parrish. "Montreal is one of those teams and we need to collect these two points. We know we can be a playoff team. We have to scratch and claw for every point to make that happen."

Starting tomorrow, the Islanders will play 17 games in 32 days through the end of March. April doesn't ease up either, so it'll be a tough haul the rest of the way.

"It's a tough stretch for sure, but every team is in the same boat," said Chris Campoli. "The disadvantages to a compact schedule are obvious, but the advantages are that if you can get on a role, it's easy to sustain that momentum and collect points."

Six points out of a potential playoff spot and a condensed schedule for the next month and a half a head of them, it's easy to say the Islanders have their backs against the wall. Others disagree.

"We're a relaxed and rested team," said goalie Rick DiPietro. "We've been practicing well for the last few days, too. This is an opportunity to prove people wrong about the New York Islanders."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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