GAME PREVIEW: Atlanta at Islanders
There's no rest for the wary, or in this case for the Islanders, as they go back at it again tonight. The Atlanta Thrashers are in town as the teams faceoff for the fourth and final time this season. The Islanders took the first two meetings against the Thrashers early in the season, but dropped a 4-2 decision in Atlanta last week.
This will be the second game in as many nights for the Islanders, but they should be getting used to it by now. The team has a total of 11 back-to-back sets this season and are in the midst of their eighth of the year and fourth this month.
Fans can catch the game on FSN with Howie and Joe or on Bloomberg 1130 AM with John and Kinger.
Here are your game notes:
- Arron Asham (ankle) is out four-to-six weeks. He was injured on March 14.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 56 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
- Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) is out for the season. He was injured on March 14.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 69 games): 179
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
March 22 Signed 2004 second round draft pick right wing Blake Comeau to a three-year contact.
March 21 Reassigned center Jeremy Colliton to Bridgeport (AHL).
March 17 Reassigned defenseman Allan Rourke (emergency recall) to Bridgeport. Recalled forward Rob Collins on an emergency basis from Bridgeport.
March 16 Recalled defenseman Allan Rourke on an emergency basis from Bridgeport.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 28
Assists... Mike York 35
Points... Alexei Yashin 57
Penalty Minutes... John Erksine 115
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake, 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 253
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 17.6%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 199
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times local)
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
Wednesday, March 29: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Thursday, March 30: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Friday, March 31: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Saturday, April 1: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 11:30 am
THE SCHEDULE THE REST OF THE WAY (all times Eastern)
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. ATLANTA THRASHERS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 13-8-2-0
PLAYOFF RECORD: N/A
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 6-5-0-0
RECORD ON ROAD: 7-3-2-0
LAST GAME: March 16, 2006 at Atlanta 2-4
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Atlanta, 1 win
2005-06 Season Series:
October 25, 2005: W 4-3 at Nassau Coliseum
November 16, 2005: W 7-3 at Phillips Arena
March 16, 2006: L 2-4 at Phillips Arena
** TONIGHT ** March 25, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
BLAKE TIES CAREER-HIGH IN GOALS
With his goal in Pittsburgh last night, Jason Blake tied his career high of 25 goals, originally set in the 2002-03 season. That year he also had 30 assists for a total of 55 points, which was also a career high. On the season, Blake had 25 goals and 22 assists for 47 points. He is eight points shy of matching his career-high in points. In his career, Blake has amassed 90 goals and 116 assists for 206 points in 413 career games. He recorded his 200th NHL point on Feb. 11 at New Jersey.
HOME SWEET HOME //// ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 17-14-2 at home this season and are currently on a five-game home winning streak, which started March 2nd with a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey. The current streak has seen three shootout wins. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game is Wednesday, March 29 versus the New York Rangers.
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 3 0 0
Totals 17 14 2
The Islanders are in the midst of their eighth back-to-back series of the season and fourth of five this month. Last night, the Islanders lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime at Mellon Arena. The team finishes up the current set tonight versus the Atlanta Thrashers at the Coliseum.
The team's next back-to-back set is next week when the team plays in Montreal on Tuesday, March 28 and then comes home to host the New York Rangers on March 29. The Islanders are will play 11 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season.
The Islanders have a record of 3-5-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 4-3-0 record in the second game.
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 seven 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), 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.
RICKY UPS PERSONAL MARK WITH 26TH WIN
Rick DiPietro continues to set a new personal season-high in victories this season. On March 21, he recorded his 26th victory over the Montreal Canadiens. His previous season-high was 23, which he recorded in the 2003-04 season. On the season, DiPietro is 26-21-3. He had a six-game winning streak from March 2 March 14, not counting March 6 at Washington which he did not play in.
The Islanders' record for most victories by a goaltender his 32, co-held by Billy Smith (1981-82) and Chris Osgood (2001-02).
ISLANDERS IN MARCH
The Islanders have a record of 7-5-0 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 W 3-1
3/24 7:30 at Pittsburgh L 3-4 (F/OT)
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 7 4 1
Totals 32 32 5
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 15-18-3 this season. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-4 in overtime on Friday, March 24. The Islanders' next road game is March 28 at Montreal.
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 5 0
Totals 15 18 3
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 199. Before suffering his injury, Arron Asham was fifth in the league with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,294 hits against their opponents this season. In the team's last game at Pittsburgh, Hunter led the team with five hits.
On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers. Hunter led the way with nine.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 21 times this season and have a record of 18-2-1. 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).
IN THE EXTRA SESSION
The Islanders have a 3-2 in overtime this season. In their most recent game that ended in overtime, the Islanders lost to the Penguins in Pittsburgh on March 24. 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. In the fourth game, the Islanders fell to the Tampa Bay Lighting 4-3 at the Coliseum on Feb. 6.
The Islanders are 10-5 in overtime/shootout (three overtime victories, seven shootout victories, two overtime losses and three shootout losses) this season.
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 fourth 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 Devils' 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 21-9-1 this season when scoring first and 11-22-4 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.
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 four goals away from tying his career-high of 17 set in 2001-02.
- Jason Blake is eight points away from tying his career-high of 55 points set in 2002-03.
- Radek Martinek is three games away from his 200th NHL game.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from setting a new career-high of 16.
- Mike York is five assists away from tying his career-high of 41 set in 2001-02.