GAME PREVIEW: Washington at Islanders
The Islanders look to snap their six-game losing streak as they host the Washington Capitals tonight at the Nassau Coliseum. All fans in attendance will receive a P.C. Richard & Son scratch-off card and a chance to win a Rick DiPietro bobblehead and other great prizes.
Fans can catch tonight's game on FSN with Howie Rose and Chris King, who moves over from radio to TV to fill in for Joe Micheletti. On the radio side, John Wiedeman will be joined by Islanders' legend Butch Goring over on Bloomberg 1130 AM.
As a reminder, fans should arrive a bit earlier then normal to make sure they catch the presentation of the Bob Nystrom Award. If you can't make it to the game, make sure you turn on the Fox broadcast at 7:00 pm for the Nystrom Award ceremony.
Here are you game notes:
- Arron Asham (ankle) is out four-to-six weeks. He was injured on March 14.
- Joel Bouchard (knee) is day-to-day.
- Eric Godard (concussion) is day-to-day. He was injured on March 31.
- Petteri Nokelainen (knee surgery) is out indefinitely.
- Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) is out for the season. He was injured on March 14.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 76 games): 211
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
April 4 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton and defenseman Allan Rourke from Bridgeport (AHL) and reassigned forward Rob Collins to Bridgeport.
April 1 Recalled forwards Rob Collins and Steve Regier from Bridgeport.
March 30 Signed 2005 first round draft pick center Ryan O'Marra to a three-year contact.
March 29 Activated center Petteri Nokelainen from Injured Reserve and reassigned center Jeremy Colliton and forward Rob Collins to Bridgeport.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 31
Assists... Mike York 38
Points... Alexei Yashin 62
Penalty Minutes... John Erskine 142
Plus/Minus... Joel Bouchard +5
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 16
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 21
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 29
Shots... Jason Blake 272
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 16.3%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 217
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times local)
Sunday, April 9: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 11:30 am
Monday, April 10: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Tuesday, April 11: Morning skate at Madison Square Garden 11:30 am 12:15 pm
Wednesday, April 12: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Thursday, April 13: Morning Skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Friday, April 14: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Saturday, April 15: Morning Skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Sunday, April 16: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 11:30 am
Monday, April 17: Morning Skate at Mellon Arena 11:30 am 12:15 pm
Tuesday, April 18: Morning Skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
THE SCHEDULE THE REST OF THE WAY (all times Eastern)
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, 7:00 pm
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 74-75-13-1
PLAYOFF RECORD: 18-12
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 43-37-2-0
RECORD ON THE ROAD: 31-30-11-1
LAST GAME: March 6, 2006 Washington 5, Islanders 2
LAST GAME AT COLISEUM: January 31, 2006 Islanders 5, Washington 3
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Capitals, 1 win
2005-06 SEASON SERIES:
October 13, 2005: W 5-3 at MCI Center
January 31, 2006: W 5-3 at Nassau Coliseum
March 6, 2006: L 2-5 at Verizon Center
April 8, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
BOUCHARD GETS NYI MASTERTON NOMINATION
Islanders defenseman Joel Bouchard has been named the team's nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given at the end of the season to the NHL player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The nomination was made by the Long Island chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
"Our choice was based on Joel Bouchard's effort to return sooner than expected from a serious shoulder injury suffered in the first game of the season and how well he played when he did return," wrote the Long Island chapter of the PHWA in its nomination. We also took into consideration his dedication to the team not just on the ice, but off of it. He stood out as a leader within the dressing room and took it upon himself to look out for the rookies on the team, offering guidance, advice and even arranging places to dine on the road.
"The 32-year-old Bouchard's character in making an early comeback from a frustrating injury, in never letting up his determination to be an NHL regular and in his selfless effort to help young players make the often challenging acclimation to the highest level of the sport in the world, to us, is the very definition of what the Masterton Trophy is all about."
Bouchard is 1-8-9 in 25 games with the Islanders this season. With the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Bridgeport, the defenseman was 4-9-13 in 15 games. He has played 364 NHL over parts of eleven seasons.
Miroslav Satan, appearing in 225 consecutive games, is the Islanders' Ironman. He's appeared in every game over the last two seasons and the last 68 in the 2002-03 season for the Buffalo Sabres. However, his current streak hasn't seen its share of adversity. The sniper almost missed the Islanders' March 2nd game vs. New Jersey because of the birth of his first child. He was in Buffalo the night before and bad weather almost kept him grounded. Before his current streak, Satan played in 256 games (which at the time was the fourth longest active streak in NHL) before missing three games with an injury.
Second on the Islanders' Ironmen list is Trent Hunter, who has appeared in 149 consecutive games. After being in and out of the lineup through the first nine games of his rookie season in 2003-04, Hunter went on to play in the last 73 en route to being a Calder Trophy finalist. He's also appeared in all 76 games this season.
30 GOALS FOR MIRO
Miroslav Satan became the first Islander to score 30-or-more goals in a season in three seasons with his score on April 5 at Toronto. He has since added another goal and had 31 on the season. The last time the Islanders had a 30-goal scorer was in 2001-02 when Mark Parrish (32) and Alexei Yashin (30) both reached that plateau. Satan has netted 30-or-more goals three previous times in 1998-99 (40), 1999-00 (33) and 2001-02 (37).
MIRO DOES IT ON THE POWER PLAY
Miroslav Satan can score on the power play. On April 5 at Toronto, Satan set a new career-high in power play goals with 16. Previously on Friday, March 17, Satan netted his 100th NHL power play goal. 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 had not have a player score more then 15 power play goals since the 1999-00 season when Mariusz Czerkawski netted 16.
ISLANDERS TO PLAY EX GAME IN HALIFAX
The Islanders will play the Boston Bruins in a preseason game on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The following night the Ottawa Senators will go head-to-head with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"This is further proof of Halifax's reputation as a great events city," says Scott Ferguson, Executive Vice President of Trade Centre Limited. "It's obvious from our line-up of great events--2006 Juno Awards being the latest--that Halifax can deliver the community support and fan base that promoters and organizers need for success."
"It will be an honor for the Islanders to play a game in front of the amazing hockey fans in Halifax," says Islanders General Manager Mike Milbury. "We had a terrific time at our training camp last season in Yarmouth and we'd like to think that Nova Scotia is starting to embrace the Islanders as one of its favorite teams."
The Islanders wrapped up their tenth back-to-back series of the season with a 0-2 record. They fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Wednesday, April 5 and to the New York Rangers 3-1 on Thursday, April 6. The team's next and final back-to-back set starts on April 17 at Pittsburgh and concludes on April 18 vs. Philadelphia. That will also conclude the Islanders season.
The Islanders have a record of 3-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 5-5-0 record in the second game.
ISLANDERS DELIVER IN THE FIRST ROUND
With the signing of 2005 first round draft pick Ryan O'Marra, the Islanders now have thier last five first round picks progressing in the organization at the NHL or AHL level: G Rick DiPietro (2000), LW Sean Bergenheim (2002), W Robert Nilsson (2003), C Petteri Nokelainen (2004) and C O'Marra (2005).
FIRST ROUND PRESENCE
The Islanders currently have seven former first round picks on their roster, including: C Alexei Yashin (2nd overall, 1992), G Rick DiPietro (1st overall, 2000), D Denis Grebeshkov (18th overall, 2002), LW Sean Bergenheim (22nd overall, 2002), W Robert Nilsson (15th overall, 2003), LW Jeff Tambellini (27th overall, 2003). Center Petteri Nokelainen (16th overall, 2004) is currently out indefinitely with a knee injury.
WHERE ARE THE NEW BOYS...
The Islanders have nine rookies currently on their active roster; four defensemen and five forwards. Here's the breakdown with their ages in parentheses: LW Sean Bergenheim (22), D Chris Campoli (21), C Jeremy Colliton (20), D Bruno Gervais (21), D Denis Grebeshkov (22), D Allan Rourke (26), RW Robert Nilsson (21), LW Steve Regier (21) and LW Jeff Tambellini (21). C Petteri Nokelainen (20) would make ten rookies, but he is currently out indefinitely with a knee injury.
The Islanders used nine rookies in their lineup in their last three games (April 2 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, April 5 at Toronto, April 6 at New York Rangers (see above note for players). The previous time they used nine rookies in a game was on April 12, 1996 vs. Florida. Credit to Bob Waterman of the Elias Sports Bureau.
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders have a record of 18-17-2 this season at home. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Sunday, April 2. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game is Thursday, April 13 vs. Toronto.
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 6 2 0
April 0 1 0
Totals 18 17 2
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 15-21-3 this season. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders lost to the New York Rangers 1-3 on Thursday, April 6. The Islanders' next road game is next week, April 11th versus the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
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 6 0
April 0 2 0
Totals 15 21 3
ISLANDERS IN APRIL
The Islanders have a 0-3-0 record in the month of April. The team plays a total of nine games this month, five at home and five on the road. The Islanders wrap up their season at home on April 18 versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
MARCH AT A GLANCE
4/2 1:00 Philadelphia L 1-4
4/5 7:30 at Toronto L 2-3
4/6 7:00 at NY Rangers L 1-3
4/8 7:00 Washington Nassau Coliseum
4/11 7:00 at NY Rangers Madison Square Garden
4/13 7:00 Toronto Nassau Coliseum
4/15 7:00 Pittsburgh Nassau Coliseum
4/17 7:30 at Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
4/18 7:00 Philadelphia Nassau Coliseum
Oct. 5 6 0
Nov. 7 6 1
Dec. 5 6 1
Jan. 6 7 1
Feb. 2 3 1
March 8 7 1
April 0 2 0
Totals 33 38 5
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is second in the league in hits with 217. Before suffering his injury, Arron Asham was fifth in the league with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,410 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.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 22 times this season and have a record of 19-2-1. 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 tied for 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 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 22-10-1 this season when scoring first and 11-27-4 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.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Shawn Bates is three goals away from tying his career-high of 17 set in 2001-02.
- Jason Blake is six points away from tying his career-high of 55 points set in 2002-03.
- Jason Blake is nine goals away from his 100th NHL goal.
- Mike York is three assists away from tying his career-high of 41 set in 2001-02.