GAME PREVIEW: Montreal at Islanders
The Islanders return home to the Nassau Coliseum after a five-game road trip to faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens, who currently sit seven points ahead of them for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Tonight is the night that fans can take advantage of the $10 ticket promotion that salutes Islander fans for their support of the proposed new Coliseum project. The tickets are available only at the Nassau Coliseum box office. They are subject to availability and there is an 8 ticket limit per person.
Also, as a reminder, tonight's game can be seen on FSN 2 (which is now Channel 14 for Long Island Cablevision subscribers) with Howie and Joe and on WLIE 540 AM with John and Kinger. For a complete listing of FSN 2 channels, please click here.
Here are you game notes for tonight:
- Arron Asham (ankle) is out four-to-six weeks. He was injured on March 14.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 54 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
- Mike York (concussion) is day-to-day. He was injured on March 16.
- Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) is out for the season. He was injured on March 14.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 67 games): 171
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
March 17 Reassigned defenseman Allan Rourke (emergency recall) to Bridgeport (AHL). Recalled forward Rob Collins on an emergency basis from Bridgeport.
March 16 Recalled defenseman Allan Rourke on an emergency basis from Bridgeport.
March 15 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton and defenseman Bruno Gervais from Bridgeport.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 28
Assists... Mike York, Alexei Yashin 34
Points... Alexei Yashin 56
Penalty Minutes... John Erksine 113
Plus/Minus... Joel Bouchard +5
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 15
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 20
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 26
Shots... Jason Blake 244
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 18.1%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 192
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times local)
Wednesday, March 22: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Thursday, March 23: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Friday, March 24: Morning skate at Mellon Arena 11:30 am 12:30 am
Saturday, March 25: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Sunday, March 26: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 11:30 am
Monday, March 27: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Tuesday, March 28: Morning skate at Bell Centre 11:30 am 12:30 am
THE SCHEDULE THE REST OF THE WAY (all times Eastern)
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, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 2 vs. Philadelphia, 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 5 at Toronto, 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 6 at New York Rangers, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 8 vs. Washington, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 11 at New York Rangers, 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 13 vs. Toronto, 7:00pm
Saturday, April 15 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00pm
Monday, April 17 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 18 vs. Philadelphia, 7:00pm
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 45-62-15-0
PLAYOFF RECORD: 8-14
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 30-25-6-0
RECORD ON ROAD: 15-37-9-0
LAST GAME: February 28, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum L 3-5
NEXT GAME: Tuesday, March 28 at Montreal
CURRENT STREAK: Montreal, 2 wins
2005-06 Season Series:
October 22, 2005: L 3-4 at Bell Centre
February 28, 2006: L 3-5 at Nassau Coliseum
** TONIGHT ** March 21, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
March 28, 2006: at Bell Centre 7:30 pm
BRUNO SCORES FIRST NHL GOAL
Islanders' rookie defenseman Bruno Gervais scored his first NHL goal on Sunday, March 19 at Tampa Bay. Gervais has played in 11 games this season with the Islanders and now has two points. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 4th at Detroit and recorded his first NHL point/assist on Jan. 19 at Carolina. In 55 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL), Gervais is fourth on the team in scoring with 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points. He was first among AHL defenseman in goals scored and ninth in scoring. Gervais, 21 years old, was selected by the Islanders in the sixth round (182nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
BATES PLAYS IN 400TH NHL GAME
Islanders' center Shawn Bates played in his 400th NHL game on Sunday, March 19 at Tampa Bay. As an Islander, Bates has played in 257 games and has scored 52 goals with 101 assists for 153 points. In his NHL career, which started in Boston, Bates has scored 66 goals with 115 assists for 181 points.
On March 6, the Islanders signed Bates to a three-year contract extension. Originally signed by the team prior to the 2001-02 season, Bates is currently in his fourth season with the team.
MIRO DOES IT ON THE POWER PLAY
Miroslav Satan can score on the power play. On Friday, March 17, Satan netted his 100th NHL power play goal. The tally also tied his career-high of 15, which ranks tied for twelfth in the NHL. The Islanders season-record for power play tallies in 28, held by Hall-of-Fame member Mike Bossy in the 1980-81 season. The Islanders have not had a player score more then 15 power play goals since the 1999-00 season when Mariusz Czerkawski netted 16.
WHERE ARE THE NEW BOYS...
The Islanders have a total of eight rookies currently in their lineup; three defenseman and five forwards. Here's the breakdown with their ages in parentheses: LW Sean Bergenheim (22), D Chris Campoli (21), LW Rob Collins (28), C Jeremy Colliton (21), D Bruno Gervais (21), D Denis Grebeshkov (22), RW Robert Nilsson (21) and LW Jeff Tambellini (21). Center Petteri Nokelainen (20) is currently on the Injured Reserve.
DP SETS PERSONAL MARK WITH 24TH WIN
Rick DiPietro set a new personal season-high by recording his 24th victory on March 11 at Boston. His previous season-high was 23, which he recorded in the 2003-04 season.
He currently has 25 wins on the season. The Islanders' record for most victories by a goaltender his 32, co-held by Billy Smith (1981-82) and Chris Osgood (2001-02). On the season, DiPietro is 25-20-3. Before the Islanders game in Atlanta, DiPietro won his previous six-games.
ISLANDERS IN MARCH
The Islanders have a record of 6-4-0 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.
MARCH AT A GLANCE
3/2 7:00 New Jersey W 3-2 (F/SO)
3/4 7:00 Philadelphia W 4-2
3/6 7:00 at Washington L 2-5
3/7 7:00 New Jersey W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/10 7:00 Toronto W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/11 7:00 at Boston W 3-1
3/14 7:30 at New Jersey W 6-1
3/16 7:00 at Atlanta L 2-4
3/17 7:30 at Florida L 2-4
3/19 5:00 at Tampa Bay L 2-5
3/21 7:00 Montreal Nassau Coliseum
3/24 7:30 at Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
3/25 7:00 Atlanta Nassau Coliseum
3/28 7:30 at Montreal Bell Center
3/29 7:00 NY Rangers Nassau Coliseum
3/31 7:00 Pittsburgh Nassau Coliseum
Oct. 5 6 0
Nov. 7 6 1
Dec. 5 6 1
Jan. 6 7 1
Feb. 2 3 1
March 6 4 0
Totals 31 32 4
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. Following tonight's contest, the Islanders' next home game is on March 26 vs. Atlanta.
MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM
Oct. 3 2 0
Nov. 2 3 1
Dec. 3 3 0
Jan. 3 4 0
Feb. 1 2 1
March 2 0 0
Totals 16 14 2
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 15-18-2 this season. The just finished a five game road swing which they finished 2-3. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-5 on Sunday, March 19. The Islanders' next road game is Friday, March 24 at Pittsburgh.
MONTH-BY-MONTH ON THE ROAD
Oct. 2 4 0
Nov. 5 3 0
Dec. 2 3 1
Jan. 2 3 1
Feb. 2 1 0
March 2 4 0
Totals 15 18 2
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 192. Before suffering his injury, Arron Asham was fifth in the league with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,253 hits against their opponents this season.
On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers. Hunter led the way with nine.
The Islanders completed their seventh back-to-back series of the season, and third this month, this past weekend. On Thursday, March 16, the Islanders lost to the Thrashers 4-2 in Atlanta. On Friday, March 17, they fell to the Florida Panthers 4-2. The Next back-to-back set is later this week when the team plays in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 25 and are then home versus Atlanta on Saturday, March 26. The team has five back-to-back series all together in March. The Islanders are will play 11 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season.
The Islanders have a record of 3-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 4-3-0 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.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 20 times this season and have a record of 17-2-1. 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).
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 three 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 successful with five goals in the shootout and two determining goals. He's converted 62.5% of his attempts.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 20-9-1 this season when scoring first and 11-22-3 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 and were 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Jason Blake is two goals away from tying his career-high of 25.
- Radek Martinek is five games away from his 200th NHL game.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from setting a new career-high of 16.