THE CHALLENGE BECOMES GREATER

Wednesday, 03.15.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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THE CHALLENGE BECOMES GREATER
Zhitnik out for season, Asham out 4-6 weeks

The Islanders, winners of their last four games, absorbed two major blows to their playoff push during last night's 6-1 win over the Devils at the Meadowlands. No. 1 defenseman Alexei Zhitnik suffered a fractured ankle that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Forward Arron Asham suffered a high ankle sprain and will be lost to the Islanders for 4-6 weeks.

Bruno Gervais has been recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) to join the Islanders' blueline for their next game, Thursday night in Atlanta. Rookie forward Jeremy Colliton has also been recalled from the Sound Tigers.

"Any team would miss valuable players like Z and Ash," said Islanders head coach Brad Shaw. "But as a coaching staff we're treating today's news the same way we approached last week when we moved some veterans for prospects. This is another opportunity for very talented young players to step up. We have a lot of confidence in Bruno and Jeremy. Our approach for the Atlanta game does not change from the previous four -- let's do everything in our power to get the win."

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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. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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