GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Pittsburgh
Following their thrilling 5-4 shootout victory over the Penguins on Saturday night, the Islanders are in Pittsburgh to complete the home-and-home series with Sidney Crosby and the Pens.
The Islanders lead the season series four-games-to-three entering tonight's showdown at the old Igloo. All four Islanders wins have come in the shootout and the Orange and Blue have taken two of the previous three games in Pittsburgh this season.
Tonight's game can been caught on FSN with Howie and Joe and on Bloomberg 1130 AM with John and Kinger.
Here are tonight's game notes:
April 15, 2006
Islanders 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (F/SO)
For the fourth time this season, the Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the shootout, this time by a score of 5-4. In regulation, Jason Blake scored twice and Miroslav Satan and Jeremy Colliton added goals. In the shootout, Shawn Bates, Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin scored with Robert Nilsson tallying the determining goal. The Islanders won the shootout 4-3.
- 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.
- Allan Rourke (groin) is day-to-day.
- Mike York (broken toe) is out for the season. He was injured on April 11.
- Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) is out for the season. He was injured on March 14.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 80 games): 238
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
April 13 Recalled defenseman Ryan Caldwell from Bridgeport (AHL).
April 12 Recalled forward Matt Koalska from Bridgeport.
April 4 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton and defenseman Allan Rourke from Bridgeport and reassigned forward Rob Collins to Bridgeport.
April 1 Recalled forwards Rob Collins and Steve Regier from Bridgeport.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 34
Assists... Mike York 39
Points... Alexei Yashin 66
Penalty Minutes... John Erskine 156
Plus/Minus... 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 291
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 16.3%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 225
FINISHING UP THE SCHEDULE
Following tonight's game, the Islanders wrap up their 2005-06 season tomorrow night versus the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum. Game time is 7:00 pm. The morning skate for the game is scheduled for 10:30 am to 11:15 am at the Coliseum, however that is subject to change.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 84-70-22-3
PLAYOFF RECORD: 11-8
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 48-31-8-2
RECORD IN PITTSBURGH: 36-39-14-1
LAST GAME: April 15, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum W 5-4 (F/SO)
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Islanders, 1 win
2005-06 SEASON SERIES:
November 3, 2005: L 1-5 at Nassau Coliseum
December 21, 2005: W 3-2 (F/SO) at Mellon Arena
January 6, 2006: W 4-3 (F/SO) at Nassau Coliseum
February 4, 2006: W 5-4 (F/SO) at Mellon Arena
March 24, 2006: L 4-3 (F/OT) at Mellon Arena
March 31, 2006: L 0-4 at Nassau Coliseum
April 15, 2006: W 5-4 (F/SO) at Nassau Coliseum
** TONIGHT ** April 17, 2006: at Mellon Arena 7:30 pm
RICKY GETS 30TH WIN OF THE SEASON
Rick DiPietro has become the third Islander goaltender and youngest in franchise history to reach 30 wins in a single-season. He recorded his 30th victory in a shootout win versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in April 15 at the Nassau Coliseum. His previous season-high was 23, which he recorded in the 2003-04 season. On the season, DiPietro is 30-24-5. 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 30
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
DiPietro ranks tied for sixth in the league in games played by a goaltender with 63 and is tied for 11th in the league in wins. The Islanders' team record for most games played in a single season is 66 held by Chris Osgood.
JASON BLAKE'S CAREER-HIGHS
This season Jason Blake has set new career-highs in goals (28) and points (57). His previous season-high in goals was 25, which was originally set in the 2002-03 season. That year he also had a career-high 30 assists for a career-high 55 points. Blake is currently one assists shy of tying his career-high in assists. In his career, Blake has amassed 94 goals and 123 assists for 217 points in 424 career games. He recorded his 200th NHL point on Feb. 11 at New Jersey.
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. He has since added three assists to up his totals to nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points. He is currently tied for sixth on the team in scoring and first among Islander rookies.
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 229 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 153 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 three goals to up his total to 34 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.
The Islanders begin their eleventh and final back-to-back series of the season tonight at Pittsburgh and wrap it up tomorrow night at home versus vs. Philadelphia. That game 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.
MAKING THEIR DEBUTS
Eleven Islanders have made their NHL debuts this season, including ten in Orange and Blue. Bellow is a list of the players.
Chris Campoli Oct. 5 at Buffalo
Robert Nilsson Oct. 5 at Buffalo
Petteri Nokelainen Oct. 5 at Buffalo
Kevin Colley Oct. 17 at NY Rangers
Jeff Tambellini* Nov. 30 vs. Chicago
Jeremy Colliton Nov. 23 vs. Buffalo
Bruno Gervais Dec. 4 at Detroit
Rob Collins Dec. 17 vs. Colorado
Steve Regier April 2 vs. Philadelphia
Matt Koalska April 13 vs. Toronto
Ryan Caldwell April 15 vs. Pittsburgh
*As a member of the Los Angeles Kings
WHERE ARE THE NEW BOYS...
The Islanders have eleven rookies currently on their active roster; five defensemen and six forwards. Here's the breakdown with their ages in parentheses: LW Sean Bergenheim (22), D Ryan Caldwell (24), D Chris Campoli (21), C Jeremy Colliton (20), D Bruno Gervais (21), D Denis Grebeshkov (22), C Matt Koalska (25), D Allan Rourke (26), RW Robert Nilsson (21), LW Steve Regier (21) and LW Jeff Tambellini (21). C Petteri Nokelainen (20) would make twelve rookies, but he is currently out indefinitely with a knee injury.
The Islanders used ten rookies in their lineup in their last two games: April 13 vs. Toronto and April 15 vs. Pittsburgh. In the previous five games, the team used nine rookies (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. There are no records for the previous time, if any, the team used ten rookies in their lineup. However, prior to this season, the last time the Islanders used nine rookies in a game was on April 12, 1996 vs. Florida. Credit to Bob Waterman of the Elias Sports Bureau.
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.
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. Tonight is the Islanders final road game of the season.
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 ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders have a record of 20-17-3 this season at home. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the shootout 5-4 on Saturday, April 15. The Islanders' next and final game of the season is Tuesday, April 18 vs. Philadelphia.
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 2 1 1
Totals 20 17 3
ISLANDERS IN APRIL
The Islanders have a 3-3-1 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 L (F/OT) 3-4
4/15 7:00 Pittsburgh W (F/SO) 5-4
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 3 3 1
Totals 36 38 6
1,498 HITS AND COUNTING
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is second in the league in hits with 225. Before suffering his injury, Arron Asham was fifth in the league with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,498 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 25 times this season and have a record of 22-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout seven 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, vs. Pittsburgh, April 15). The three losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).
IN THE EXTRA SESSION
The Islanders have a 3-3 in overtime this season. In their most recent game that ended in overtime, the Islanders lost to the Toronto Maples Leafs 4-3 at the Coliseum on April 13. 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. In the fifth game, the Islanders lost to the Penguins 4-3 in Pittsburgh on March 24.
The Islanders are 11-6 in overtime/shootout (three overtime victories, eight shootout victories, three overtime losses and three shootout losses) this season.
DECIDED BY THE SHOOTOUT
The Islanders have participated in twelve shootouts this season and have an overall record of 9-3 and are 6-1 at the Coliseum. The Islanders have the second most shootout wins in the NHL with nine and are have the most shootout wins at home with six. Miroslav Satan has scored five determining goals with seven overall. Rick DiPietro has been the netminder in eleven of the twelve shootouts with a record of 8-3. DiPietro is tied for first in the NHL in shootout wins with eight.
- The most recent shootout occurred on April 15 when Shawn Bates, Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin and Robert Nilsson (determining goal) all scored for the Islanders. DiPietro got the win for the Islanders.
- On March 10 when Satan (determining goal) and DiPietro turned away all three Toronto Maple Leafs shooters for the win.
- On March 7, Satan and Trent Hunter (determining goal) scored and DiPietro turned away two of three New Jersey Devils shooters for the win.
- On March 2, Satan (determining goal) and Hunter scored for the Islanders and DiPietro turned away both New Jersey shooters for the win.
- On Feb. 4 at Pittsburgh, Satan (determining goal) and Trent Hunter scored and Rick DiPietro turned away two Penguins shooters for the win.
- On Jan. 26 vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Wade Dubielewicz stopped all three Penguins shooters while Satan netted the determining goal.
- On Jan. 21 at New Jersey, the Devils' Zach Parise scored the determining goal for the Devils. The shootout saw five attempts for each team with Satan converting for the Islanders. DiPietro stopped thee of five shooters.
- On Dec. 10th, the Islanders defeated Edmonton as Alexei Yashin and Trent Hunter (determining goal) scored for the Islanders. DiPietro stopped two of three Oilers shooters for the win.
- On Dec. 8th, the Islanders lost in the shootout for the second time this season. Yashin, Satan and Mike York all miss fired on their attempts. DiPietro stopped two of three shooters with Columbus' David Vyborny scoring the determining goal
- On Nov. 23, the Islanders lost their first shootout since its inception dropping the decision to the Buffalo Sabres at the Coliseum. Ales Kotalik (determining goal) and Tim Connolly scored against DiPietro, while Yashin and Jason Blake failed on their attempts for the Islanders.
- The Islanders shootout victory over the Penguins on Nov. 14 was the second longest so far in the NHL this season. Eighteen combined shooters were used by the teams, which at the time set a new standard in the inaugural season for the shootout. Blake netted the determining goal against goaltender Jocelyn Thibault and DiPietro stopped seven of nine Penguin shooters, including rookie Ryan Whitney to seal the win.
- The team's first shoot out victory came against the New York Rangers in a 3-2 decision at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 19. In that contest, Satan scored the only shootout goal against Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 24-11-1 this season when scoring first and 12-27-4 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 one goal away from tying his career-high of 17 set in 2001-02.
- Jason Blake is six goals away from his 100th NHL goal.