GAME PREVIEW: Toronto at Islanders
Coming off two consecutive wins, the Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the Nassau Coliseum. This is the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this season with the Leafs holding a two games to one edge over the Islanders. The home team has won all three meetings this season.
If he gets the start in net tonight, Rick DiPietro will go for his 30th win this season. If he gets it, he would become only the third Islander in franchise history to do so and the youngest as well.
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Here are your game notes:
PREVIOUS GAME RECAP
April 11, 2006
Islanders 3, New York Rangers 2
Miroslav Satan scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Rick DiPietro made 26 saves, including 22 in the final period, as the Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night at MSG. The Islanders took a 3-0 lead into the third period and held on for the victory despite the offensive assault by the Blueshirts in the final frame. Chris Campoli scored the other goal 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 78 games): 223
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 33
Assists... Mike York 39
Points... Alexei Yashin 66
Penalty Minutes... John Erskine 147
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake, Joel Bouchard +5
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 17
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 22
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 32
Shots... Jason Blake 288
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 15.7%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 217
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times local)
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 REST OF THE SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)
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. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 54-49-7-1
PLAYOFF RECORD: 9-8
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 29-28-3-0
RECORD ON THE ROAD: 23-29-4-1
LAST GAME: April 2, 2006 Toronto 3, Islanders 2
LAST GAME AT COLISEUM: March 10, 2006 Islanders 2, Toronto 1 (F/SO)
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Toronto, 1 win
2005-06 SEASON SERIES:
December 19, 2005: L 6-9 at American Airlines Centre
March 10, 2006: W 2-1 (F/SO) at Nassau Coliseum
April 5, 2006: L 3-2 at American Airlines
** TONIGHT ** April 13, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
RICKY UPS PERSONAL MARK WITH 29TH WIN
Rick DiPietro continues to set a new personal season-high in victories this season. On April 11, he recorded his 29th career victory with the win over the New York Rangers. His previous season-high was 23, which he recorded in the 2003-04 season. On the season, DiPietro is 29-24-5. He had a six-game winning streak from March 2 March 14.
The Islanders' record for most victories by a goaltender is 32, co-held by Bill Smith (1981-82) and Chris Osgood (2001-02).
MOST SINGLE-SEASON WINS FOR NYI GOALIES
1981-82 Bill Smith 32
2001-02 Chris Osgood 32
2005-06 Rick DiPietro 29
1977-78 Glenn Resch 28
1993-94 Ron Hextall 27
1978-79 Glenn Resch 26
1976-77 Glenn Resch 26
1978-79 Bill Smith 25
CAMPOLI HITS 30 POINTS
With his goal on April 11 at Madison Square Garden, Chris Campoli became the third Islanders rookie defenseman to record 30-or-more points in their first NHL season. Campoli currently has nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points. He scored his first goal on his first shot in his first game on Oct. 5, 2005 at Buffalo. The 30 point plateau has been hit four previous times by an Islander rookie blueliner: Denis Potvin in 1973-74 (17+24=54), Stefan Persson in 1977-78 (6+50=56), Tomas Johnson in 1981-82 (9+25+34) and Bryan Berard in 1996-97 (8-40-48).
Miroslav Satan, appearing in 227 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 151 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 two more goals to up his total to 33 on the season. Satan has netted 30-or-more goals three previous times in 1998-99 (40), 1999-00 (33) and 2001-02 (37).
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. With Satan approaching the 35 goals, the last Islander to reach that mark was Mariusz Czerkawski in 1999-200 (35).
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. He has since upped that mark to a team-leading 17 power play goals. 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.
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. Blake is also one point 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 122 assists for 214 points in 422 career games. He recorded his 200th NHL point on Feb. 11 at New Jersey.
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 five games (April 2 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, April 5 at Toronto, April 6 at New York Rangers, April 8 vs. Washington and April 11 at New York Rangers (see above note for players). Prior to this season, the last 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 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. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game is Saturday, April 15 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 ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 16-21-3 this season. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday, April 11. 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 1 2 0
Totals 16 21 3
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 W 3-2
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 2 3 0
Totals 35 38 5
1,445 HITS AND COUNTING
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 1,445 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 24 times this season and have a record of 21-2-1. 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 three 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 24-10-1 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 one point 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 two assists away from tying his career-high of 41 set in 2001-02.