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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."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 8 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 8 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 8 3 2 0 5
B. Nelson 8 1 4 -3 5
A. Quine 8 1 4 1 5
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
T. Hickey 8 1 3 -3 4
S. Prince 8 3 0 2 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
N. Leddy 8 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 3 0 .937 2.06
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