GAME PREVIEW: Montreal at Islanders
Garth Snow will be in net tonight as the Islanders return from Olympic Break with a crucial showdown against the eight-place Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
"Garth has had an excellent week of practices, he's been sharp and he's ready to go," Islanders head coach Brad Shaw said after today's morning skate at the Coliseum. "We have complete confidence in him."
With 26 games to go, the Islanders know they are in position to turn around what has so far been a disappointing season. "Nobody is kidding themselves -- we have not had a good season," said forward jason Blake. "But the good news is we have a chance over the next few weeks to turn it around and get in the playoffs. We have the team to get it done. We have to get going."
February 11, 2006
Islanders 2, New Jersey 1
The Islanders went into the Olympic Break coming off a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Alexei Yashin turned in a two-point with a goal and an assists and Rick DiPietro turned away 26 of 27 shots on goal by the Devils. Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders, while Oleg Kvasha, Radek Martinek and Mike York recorded the other assists.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 43 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
- February 23 -- Recalled defenseman Joel Bouchard and forwards Robert Nilsson and Wyatt Smith to Bridgeport (AHL).
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders
Tonight's game is the 122nd regular season meeting and 144th meeting all-time between the Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens. The Islanders currently trail the all-time series (regular season) 45-61-15-0. At the Coliseum, the Islanders have a 30-24-6-0 record versus the Canadiens. This is the second of four meetings between the teams this season.
Did You Know?
Since the teams started to play each other in the 1972-73 season, there has never been a penalty shot awarded to either team.
2005-06 Season Series:
October 22, 2005: L 3-4 at Bell Centre
** TONIGHT ** February 28, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum - 7:00 PM
March 21, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum - 7:00 pm
March 28, 2006: at Bell Centre - 7:30 pm
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 161, while Arron Asham is fifth with 154. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 108. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,077 hits against their opponents this season. In the Islanders last game on Saturday, Feb. 11 at New Jersey, Chris Campoli, Brad Lukowich and Radek Martinek each had a team-high two hits.
On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers. Hunter led the way with a team and personal season-high nine hits.
ISLANDERS IN FEBRUARY
The Islanders have a 2-2-1 record in the month of February. Due to the recently completed Olympic Break, the team plays a total of just six games, three at home and three on the road.
ISLANDERS IN MARCH
The Islanders open up the March portion of their schedule tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils. The team plays a total of 16 games in a span of 30 days this month, eight at home and eight on the road. The team also plays a total of five back-to-back series this month.
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 12-13-2 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game is on March 2 vs. New Jersey.
THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- The New Jersey Devils were 0-4 on the power play against the Islanders on Saturday, Feb. 11.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 272 of 347 (78.4%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 28th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is 18th in the league with a percentage of 81.1, while at home they are ranked 30th in the league with a percentage of 75.4.
- 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 1-4 on the power play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Feb. 11.
- They are 58-321 (18.1%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 13th in the NHL. On the road, the power play is ranked sixth in the league with a conversion rate of 18.8 percent. At home, they rank 21st in the league with a conversion rate of 17.2 percent.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 38 of 56 games this season.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 18-8-1 this season when scoring first and 7-18-3 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.
SHOTS ON GOAL
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 1,811-1,677, through 56 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 36 of 56 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.3 shots per game while taking 29.9 shots on goal per game. Sixteen of the team's 25 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 16-18-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 8-9-3 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 51 shots on goal, including 21 in the final period, at Boston on Jan. 28. In that game, the Islanders also allowed a season-high 44 shots on goal.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 17 times this season and have a record of 14-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout five times (at Rangers, Oct. 19, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, vs. Edmonton, Dec. 10, vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 26 and at Pittsburgh, Feb. 4). The two losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).
IN THE EXTRA SESSION
The Islanders lost for the first time in overtime this season when they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 at the Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 6. They now have a record of 3-1 when the game is decided in the extra session. In the first game that ended in overtime, 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. In the second game, 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 third, Oleg Kvasha scored at the 3:02 mark of the extra session to the give the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 17 at the United Center.
The Islanders are 8-4 in overtime/shootout (three overtime victories, five shootout victories, one overtime loss and three shootout losses) this season.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Shawn Bates is three assists away from his 100th as an Islander.
- Eric Godard is five games away from his 100th NHL game.
- Oleg Kvasha is seven goals away from his 100th as an Islander.
- Mark Parrish is ten points away from his 200th as an Islander.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
Wednesday, March 1: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, March 2: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Friday, March 3: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 4: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Sunday, March 5: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, March 6: Morning skate at MCI Center 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, March 7: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am - 11:15 am
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
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
Friday, March 10 vs. Toronto, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 at Boston, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 14 at New Jersey, 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 16 at Atlanta, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 17 at Florida, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 19 at Tampa Bay, 5:00 pm
STUDENT & MILITARY SAVINGS PROGRAM
The Islanders Student and Military Savings Program is back for the 2005-06 season. Students and Military can receive up to 50% off select seating to see their New York Islanders in action. Students and Military personnel can purchase $55 seats for $28, $30 seats for $19 and $25 seats for $16. This offer is valid day of game only at Coliseum Box Office with valid I.D. - There will be a limit to two (2) tickets per I.D. - per game.