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TONIGHT IN MONCTON

Friday, 09.22.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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TONIGHT IN MONCTON
Pre-season game preview: NYI vs. Boston, 6:30 pm EST

By Jason Lockhart

Islanders hockey is back!

Tonight the Islanders play their first preseason game of the 2006-07 season and face the Boston Bruins at 6:30 pm EST in Moncton, New Brunswick at the Moncton Coliseum.

Ted Nolan will be making his return to the home of his former team, the Moncton Wildcats, who he led to the Memorial Cup championship game and with whom he won a Quebec Major Junior Championship last season. Tonight the arena will celebrate "Ted Nolan Night."

"It's going to be nice returning here. It will be a little emotional, but it will be good emotions," said Nolan. "There have been jitters. It's good to have nervousness. If there's not than there's something wrong. Once we get in two or three shifts I'll be right back in it; just like riding a bike."

A number of players will be making their Islanders debuts including defensemen Sean Hill, Tom Poti, 2006 draft pick Andrew MacDonald, forwards Andy Hilbert, Richard Park and 2002 draft pick Frans Nielsen.

MacDonald, who played under Nolan in Moncton last season, was a late addition to the Moncton-Halifax trip.

The Bruins will play in their fourth preseason game of the year falling to New Jersey 5-0 in their opener, but following up the loss with back-to-back wins against Montreal, 5-2 and 3-1.

This will be the second NHL preseason game played at the Moncton Coliseum with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia having already faced-off Wednesday night.


ISLANDERS LINEUP
Tentative, with one lineup move to come

Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
6  Sean Hill - 8   Bruno Gervais
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 47 Andrew MacDonald
3  Tom Poti - 14 Chris Campoli

Forwards
11 Andy Hilbert - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
55 Jason Blake - 17 Shawn Bates - 45 Arron Asham
15 Jeff Tambellini - 10 Richard Park - 57 Blake Comeau
7 Trent Hunter - 51 Frans Nielsen         
58 Masi Marjamaki     

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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