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THE CHALLENGE BECOMES GREATER

Wednesday, 03.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 32 12 15 -6 27
K. Okposo 32 7 20 -4 27
B. Nelson 32 14 12 6 26
R. Strome 32 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 32 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 32 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 22 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 29 5 7 3 12
N. Kulemin 32 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 31 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 17 6 0 .918 2.30
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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