GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Rangers
Coming off their impressive 5-0 victory over the Washington Capitals last Saturday night, the Islanders head into Manhattan to take on the Rangers for the eighth and final time this season.
Expect Sean Bergenheim to be in the lineup tonight for the Islanders. He felt "just a little sore" after going through an entire practice yesterday on Long Island at Islanders Iceworks and promises to give everything he can to bring home one final victory over the Rangers this season.
As a reminder, fans can catch the game on FSN 2 with Howie and Joe as well as on Bloomberg 1130 AM with John and Kinger. Fans can get a complete listing of FSN 2 channels by clicking here.
Here are your game notes:
April 8, 2006
Islanders 5, Washington Capitals 0
Rick DiPietro made 20 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Saturday night. Alexei Yashin (two goals, two assists) and Jason Blake (one goal, three assists) led the Islanders offensively with four points each. Trent Hunter and Robert Nilsson also scored for the Islanders.
- 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 77 games): 217
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 31
Assists... Alexei Yashin, Mike York 38
Points... Alexei Yashin 66
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 22
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 32
Shots... Jason Blake 281
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 15.9%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 217
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times local)
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)
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
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 86-93-19-1
PLAYOFF RECORD: 20-19
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 55-36-8-1
RECORD ON ROAD: 34-54-11-0
LAST GAME: April 6 at Madison Square Garden L 3-1
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Rangers, 5 wins
2005-06 SEASON SERIES:
October 19, 2005: Islanders 3, Rangers 2 (F/SO) Madison Square Garden
October 20, 2005: Islanders 5, Rangers 4 Nassau Coliseum
October 27, 2005: Rangers 3, Islanders 1 Madison Square Garden
December 28, 2005: Rangers 6, Islanders 2 Nassau Coliseum
February 2, 2006: Rangers 5, Islanders 2 Nassau Coliseum
March 29, 2006: Rangers 5, Islanders 1 Nassau Coliseum
April 6, 2006: Rangers 3, Islanders 1 Madison Square Garden
**Tonight** April 11, 2006: 7:00 PM Madison Square Garden
BLAKE SETS NEW CAREER-HIGH IN GOALS
With his goal vs. Washington on April 8, Jason Blake set a new career high of 26 goals. He previously has 25, which was originally set in the 2002-03 season. That year he also had 30 assists for a total of 55 points, which is career high. He is two points shy of tying that mark. On the season, Blake has 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points. In his career, Blake has amassed 92 goals and 121 assists for 213 points in 421 career games. He recorded his 200th NHL point on Feb. 11 at New Jersey.
RICKY UPS PERSONAL MARK WITH 28TH WIN
Rick DiPietro continues to set a new personal season-high in victories this season. On April 8, he recorded his 28th career victory with the win over the Washington Capitals. His previous season-high was 23, which he recorded in the 2003-04 season. On the season, DiPietro is 28-24-5. 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).
Miroslav Satan, appearing in 226 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 has 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 150 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 did not have a player score more then 15 power play goals since the 1999-00 season when Mariusz Czerkawski netted 16.
The Islanders begin their eleventh and final back-to-back series of the season next week. It 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 their 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 have used nine rookies in their lineup in their last four 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 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. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next and final road game is April 17 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 6 0
April 0 2 0
Totals 15 21 3
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders have a record of 19-17-2 this season at home. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Saturday, April 8. 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 1 1 0
Totals 19 17 2
ISLANDERS IN APRIL
The Islanders have a 1-3-0 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.
APRIL 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 W 5-0
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 1 3 0
Totals 34 38 5
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is second in the league in hits with 219. Before suffering his injury, Arron Asham was fifth in the league with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,426 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 23 times this season and have a record of 20-2-1. 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 second 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 23-10-1 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.
The Islanders have recorded five shorthanded goals this season. Jason Blake has scored two (Oct. 13 at Washington, Dec. 30 at Ottawa), while Shawn Bates (Oct. 8 vs. Carolina), Arron Asham (Oct. 20) and Mike York (March 25) have netted one apiece.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Shawn Bates is three goals away from tying his career-high of 17 set in 2001-02.
- Jason Blake is two points away from tying his career-high of 55 points set in 2002-03.
- Jason Blake is eight goals away from his 100th NHL goal.
- Mike York is three assists away from tying his career-high of 41 set in 2001-02.