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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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