GAME PREVIEW: Philadelphia at Islanders
The Islanders wrap up their 2005-06 season tonight as they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum. All fans in attendance will receive an Islanders team poster courtesy of Valtech Research.
As a reminder, fans can catch the game on FSN 2 with Howie and Joe and on WLIE 540 AM with John and Kinger. Please click here to find a complete listing of FSN 2 channels. In a pre-game ceremony tonight, Chris Campoli will be named April's H.L. Gross & Brothers Player of the Month.
Here are your game notes:
April 17, 2006
Pittsburgh Penguins 6, Islanders 1
Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Islanders 6-1 at the Mellon Arena. Sidney Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 100-point plateau with his three point performance. Miroslav Satan scored the lone 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.
- 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 81 games): 245
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
April 14 Reassigned defenseman Allan Rourke to Bridgeport (AHL).
April 13 Recalled defenseman Ryan Caldwell from Bridgeport.
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 35
Assists... Mike York 39
Points... Alexei Yashin 66
Penalty Minutes... John Erskine 161
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
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 225
FINISHING UP THE SCHEDULE
The Islanders wrap up their 2005-06 season tonight versus the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 81-92-26-0
2005-06 SEASON SERIES: 2-4
PLAYOFF RECORD: 11-14
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 51-34-15-0
RECORD ON ROAD: 22-57-11-0
LAST GAME: April 2, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum Philadelphia 4, Islanders 1
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Philadelphia, 1 win
2005-06 SEASON SERIES:
October, 15, 2005: Philadelphia 5, Islanders 1 Wachovia Center
November 10, 2005: Philadelphia 3, Islanders 2 Wachovia Center
November 26, 2005: Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2 Wachovia Center
November 29, 2005: Philadelphia 4, Islanders 3 Nassau Coliseum
February 8, 2006: Philadelphia 5, Islanders 2 Wachovia Center
March 4, 2006: Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2 Nassau Coliseum
April 2, 2006: Philadelphia Flyers 4, Islanders 1 Nassau Coliseum
** TONIGHT ** April 18, 2006: Nassau Coliseum 7:00 PM
H.L. GROSS & BROTHERS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Every month, Islanders fans along with H.L. Gross & Brothers Jewelers select the Islander of the Month. In a pre-game ceremony this afternoon, Chris Campoli will be named April's player of the month. This month, Campoli eclipse the 30-point plateau, becoming the just the seventh rookie defenseman in Islanders history to do so.
November - Jason Blake
December - Mike York
January - Miroslav Satan
February - Brent Sopel
March - Rick DiPietro
April - Chris Campoli
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.
Miroslav Satan, appearing in 230 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 154 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 four goals to up his total to 35 on the season. This is the most goals scored by an Islanders in Mariusz Czerkawski netted 25 in 1999-2000. Satan has netted 30-or-more goals three previous times in 1998-99 (40), 1999-00 (33) and 2001-02 (37). The previous time the Islanders had a 30-goal scorer was in 2001-02 when Mark Parrish (32) and Alexei Yashin (30) both reached that plateau.
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.
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.
The Islanders wrap up their eleventh and final back-to-back series of the season tonight at the Nassau Coliseum versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Last night, the Islanders lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1.
The Islanders have a record of 3-8-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 5-5-0 record in the second game.
WHERE ARE THE NEW BOYS...
The Islanders have ten rookies currently on their active roster; four defensemen and six 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 Cole Jarrett (24), C Matt Koalska (25), LW Masi Marjamaki (21), RW Robert Nilsson (21), LW Steve Regier (21) and LW Jeff Tambellini (21). C Petteri Nokelainen (20) would make eleven rookies, but he is currently out indefinitely with a knee injury.
The Islanders used ten rookies in their lineup in their last three games: April 13 vs. Toronto, April 15 vs. Pittsburgh and April 17 at 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 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.
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 ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 16-22-3 this season. In their last road of the season, the Islanders lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 last night.
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 3 0
Totals 16 22 3
ISLANDERS IN APRIL
The Islanders have a 3-4-1 record in the month of April. The team plays a total of nine games this month, five at home and five on the road.
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 L 1-6
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 4 1
Totals 36 39 6
1,506 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 1,506 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).
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 24-11-1 this season when scoring first and 12-28-4 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.