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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Boston

Saturday, 03.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Boston
7:00 PM, FSN2, Bloomberg 1130

The Islanders go back at it again tonight as they take on the Boston Bruins at the TDBanknorth Garden. The Islanders will dress the same 18 skaters as they did in last night's thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over Toronto at the Coliseum. Head Coach Brad Shaw wouldn't commit to a goaltender for tonight after last night's contest.

In Boston, the Islanders will see an old friend, albeit one day later then first expected. The Bruins claimed winger Mariusz Czerkawski, a former six-year Islander, off waivers from the Maple Leafs at the trade deadline. He has yet to suit up with his new club, but could tonight.

Here are your game notes:

INJURY REPORT
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 48 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.

Total Man-Games Lost (After 62 games): 153

RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
March 9 Traded defenseman Brad Lukowich to New Jersey for their third round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Traded forward Oleg Kvasha to Phoenix for their third round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
March 8 Acquired defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, forward Jeff Tambellini and a conditional third round draft pick in the 2006 NHL entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Mark Parrish and defenseman Brent Sopel.
March 7 Signed defenseman Radek Martinek to a two-year contract extension. Activated Eric Godard from the Injured Reserve.
March 6 Signed center Shawn Bates to a three-year contract extension.
March 4 Announced right wing Mattias Weinhandl was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Wild and recalled forward Sean Bergenheim from Bridgeport (AHL).

PREVIOUS GAME
March 10, 2006
Islanders 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (F/SO)

Rick DiPietro and Miroslav Satan were golden once again in the shootout as the Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. DiPietro turned away all three Maple Leafs shooters in the shootout and Satan, the Islanders first shooter, scored on Ed Belfour. Robert Nilsson scored in the second period for the Islanders. DiPietro finished with 22 saves on 23 shots.

ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals¦ Miroslav Satan 26
Assists¦ Alexei Yashin, Mike York 33
Points¦ Alexei Yashin 51
Penalty Minutes¦ John Erksine 109
Plus/Minus¦ Jason Blake +3
Game-Winning Goals¦ Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals¦ Miroslav Satan 14
Power Play Assists¦ Alexei Yashin 20
Power Play Points¦ Alexei Yashin 26
Shots¦ Jason Blake 221
Shooting Percentage¦ Shawn Bates 17.5%
Time on Ice¦ Alexei Zhitnik 24:37 per game
Hits¦ Trent Hunter 185

LIFETIME SERIES
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 43-59-21-0
PLAYOFF RECORD: 8-3
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 26-67-8-0
RECORD IN BOSTON: 17-31-10-0

LAST GAME: January 28, 2005 4-3
LAST GAME AT COLISEUM: November 11, 2005 5-2
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Islanders, 3 wins

2005-06 Season Series:
November 1, 2005: W 5-4 (F/OT) at Nassau Coliseum
November 12, 2005: W 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum
January 28, 2006: W 4-3 at TDBanknorth Garden
**Tonight** March 11, 2006: at TDBanknorth Garden 7:00 pm

GOING BACK-TO-BACK
The Islanders are in the midst of their sixth back-to-back series of the season as they come off a 2-1 shootout victory last night over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team's next back-to-back series is next week when they travel to Atlanta on March 16 and then go to Florida on March 17.

The team plays a total of five back-to-back games this month, with three more left in March (following the conclusion of their current set). The Islanders are scheduled to play 11 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season.

The Islanders have a record of 2-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 3-2-0 record in the second game. The Islanders played 14 back-to-back sets in 2003-04, posting a 13-13-1-1 record in those 28 contests; 8-6-0-0 in the first games of back-to-back sets and 5-7-1-1 in the second games.

First Game

Result/Time

Second Game

Result/Time

Oct. 19 at NY Rangers

W 3-2 (F/SO)

Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers

W 5-4

Nov. 16 at Atlanta

W 7-3

Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay

L 2-3

Nov. 25 vs. Ottawa

L 2-6

Nov. 26 at Philadelphia

W 4-2

Jan. 6 at Carolina

L 1-4

Jan. 7 vs. Carolina

L 0-3

March 6 at Washington

L 2-5

March 7 vs. New Jersey

W 2-1 (F/SO)

March 10 vs. Toronto

W 2-1 (F/SO)

March 11 at Boston

TONIGHT

March 16 at Atlanta

7:00 PM

March 17 at Florida

7:00 PM

March 24 at Pittsburgh

7:00 PM

March 25 vs. Atlanta

7:00 PM

March 28 at Montreal

7:30 PM

March 29 vs. NY Rangers

7:00 PM

April 5 at Toronto

7:30 PM

April 6 at NY Rangers

7:30 PM

April 17 at Pittsburgh

7:30 PM

April 18 vs. Philadelphia

7:00 PM

ISLANDERS STOCK UP FOR DRAFT
The Islanders will be busy at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The team is now in possession of eleven draft picks in the draft including, potentially, seven in the first three rounds. Here's how it breaks down:

1st Round

Islanders 1st

2nd Round

Dallas 2nd +

3rd Round

Islanders 3rd

 

Edmonton 3rd *

 

Nashville 3rd ^

 

New Jersey 3rd #

 

Phoenix 3rd =

4th Round

Islanders 4th

5th Round

Islanders 5th

6th Round

Islanders 6th

7th Round

Islanders 7th


+ From Dallas in John Erskine/Janne Niinimaa trade, Dallas received Islanders 5th Round selection in 2007.
* From Edmonton in Mike York/Michael Peca trade: conditional if Peca resigns with Edmonton; pick becomes fourth round selection if not resigned.
^ From Los Angeles, conditional if Los Angeles makes 2006 playoffs.
# From New Jersey in Brad Lukowich trade.
= From Phoenix in Oleg Kvasha trade.

ISLANDERS IN MARCH
The Islanders have a record of 4-1-0 in the month of March with three shootout victories. 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 16-14-2 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout on Friday, March 10. The Islanders' next home game is on March 21 vs. Montreal.

ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 13-15-2 this season. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders loss to the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday, March 6. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next road game is Tuesday, March 14 at New Jersey.

The Islanders longest road trip of the season is a five-game set that begins tomorrow Boston. They'll also face Atlanta, Florida, New Jersey and Tampa Bay.

HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 185, while Arron Asham is fifth with 165. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,188 hits against their opponents this season. In Friday's game vs. Toronto, Arron Asham led the team with four hits.

On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers. Hunter led the way with nine.

MIRO AND HUNTER STAR IN SHOOTOUTS
Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter are clutch in the shootout. Satan is third in the NHL with seven shootout goals and is tied for first with five determining goals. He is also third in the NHL with a shooting percentage of 77.8% in the shootout (of shooters with more than two attempts). Satan is also six-for-six when leading off the shootout for the Islanders and is three-for-three versus the New Jersey Devil's Martin Brodeur.

Hunter has been almost as successfully with five goals in the shootout and two determining goals. He's converted 62.5% of his attempts.
*Please consult NHL stats for updated accuracy for shootout stats.

DECIDED BY THE SHOOTOUT
The Islanders have participated in eleven shootouts this season and have an overall record of 7-3 and are 5-1 at the Coliseum. The Islanders have the second most shootout wins in the NHL with eight and are also tied for the most shootout wins at home with five. Miroslav Satan has scored five determining goals with seven overall. Rick DiPietro has been the netminder in ten of the eleven shootouts with a record of 7-3. DiPietro is tied for the lead league in the NHL in shootout wins with seven.

The most recent shootout occurred on March 10 when Satan (determining goal) and DiPietro turned away all three Toronto Maple Leafs shooters for the win.

On March 7, Satan and Trent Hunter (determining goal) scored and DiPietro turned away two of three New Jersey Devils shooters for the win.

On March 2, Satan (determining goal) and Hunter scored for the Islanders and DiPietro turned away both New Jersey shooters for the win.

On Feb. 4 at Pittsburgh, Satan (determining goal) and Trent Hunter scored and Rick DiPietro turned away two Penguins shooters for the win.

On Jan. 26 vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Wade Dubielewicz stopped all three Penguins shooters while Satan netted the determining goal.

On Jan. 21 at New Jersey, the Devil's Zach Parise scored the determining goal for the Devils. The shootout saw five attempts for each team with Satan converting for the Islanders. DiPietro stopped thee of five shooters.

On Dec. 10th, the Islanders defeated Edmonton as Alexei Yashin and Trent Hunter (determining goal) scored for the Islanders. DiPietro stopped two of three Oilers shooters for the win.

On Dec. 8th, the Islanders lost in the shootout for the second time this season. Yashin, Satan and Mike York all miss fired on their attempts. DiPietro stopped two of three shooters with Columbu's David Vyborny scoring the determining goal

On Nov. 23, the Islanders lost their first shootout since its inception dropping the decision to the Buffalo Sabres at the Coliseum. Ales Kotalik (determining goal) and Tim Connolly scored against DiPietro, while Yashin and Jason Blake failed on their attempts for the Islanders.

The Islanders shootout victory over the Penguins on Nov. 14 was the second longest so far in the NHL this season. Eighteen combined shooters were used by the teams, which at the time set a new standard in the inaugural season for the shootout. Blake netted the determining goal against goaltender Jocelyn Thibault and DiPietro stopped seven of nine Penguin shooters, including rookie Ryan Whitney to seal the win.

The team's first shoot out victory came against the New York Rangers in a 3-2 decision at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 19. In that contest, Satan scored the only shootout goal against Ranger's goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 19-8-1 this season when scoring first and 10-20-3 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 DIFFERENTIAL
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 1,969-1,877, through 62 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 38 of 62 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 31.7 shots per game while taking 30.3 shots on goal per game. Seventeen of the team's 29 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 17-18-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 11-11-3 in games when they've out-shot the opponent. The Islanders are 1-0-0 in games where they tie their opponent's 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 19 times this season and have a record of 16-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout six times (at Rangers, Oct. 19, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, vs. Edmonton, Dec. 10, vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 26, at Pittsburgh, Feb. 4, vs. New Jersey, March 2). The two losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).

SHORTHANDED TALLIES
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.

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Shawn Bates is one assist away from his 100th as an Islander.
- Shawn Bates is five games away from his 400th NHL game.
- Jason Blake is two goals away from tying his career-high of 25.
- Eric Godard is five games away from his 100th NHL game.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from his 100th NHL power play goal.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from tying his career-high of 15.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
Sunday, March 12: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 1:00 am-12:30 pm
Monday, March 13: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Tuesday, March 14: Morning skate at Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 am 12:30 am
Wednesday, March 15: Practice at Atlanta Thrashers practice facility Time TBD
Thursday, March 16: Morning skate at Phillips Arena 11:30 am 12:30 am
Friday, March 17: Morning skate at Bank Atlantic Center 11:30 am 12:30 am
Saturday, March 18: TBD

NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
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
Tuesday, March 21 vs. Montreal, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 24 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 vs. Atlanta, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 28 at Montreal, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 29 vs. New York Rangers, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 31 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 pm

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 6 5 1 0 20 20 10
2 NYI 5 4 1 0 20 15 8
3 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
4 WSH 5 3 0 2 18 11 8
5 DET 5 3 1 1 11 8 7
6 TBL 6 3 2 1 19 13 7
7 PIT 4 3 1 0 16 10 6
8 CBJ 5 3 2 0 15 12 6
9 NJD 5 3 2 0 17 16 6
10 NYR 6 3 3 0 17 20 6
11 BOS 7 3 4 0 15 17 6
12 TOR 6 2 3 1 15 19 5
13 PHI 5 1 2 2 17 21 4
14 FLA 5 1 2 2 5 11 4
15 CAR 4 0 2 2 10 15 2
16 BUF 6 1 5 0 8 22 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 5 2 7 0 9
B. Nelson 5 4 4 3 8
K. Okposo 5 2 5 -1 7
J. Boychuk 5 2 4 4 6
R. Strome 5 0 5 3 5
N. Leddy 5 2 1 3 3
M. Grabovski 4 2 1 3 3
F. Nielsen 5 0 3 2 3
J. Bailey 5 2 0 3 2
N. Kulemin 5 0 2 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 1 0 .913 2.70
C. Johnson 1 0 0 .875 3.00

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