HOCKEY RETURNS TO THE COLISEUM

Friday, 09.29.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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HOCKEY RETURNS TO THE COLISEUM
Islanders take on Rangers in preseason rematch

By Jason Lockhart


The Islanders look to repeat their performance from Monday night's come-from-behind win over the Rangers at Madison Square as they faceoff again against the Blueshirts, this time at the Coliseum, tonight at 7:30 pm. Third period goals by Jason Blake (2), Chris Simon and Arron Asham gave the Islanders their first exhibition victory by the score of 5-2, raising their preseason record to 1-2.

The Islanders had three days of practice following Monday's game. Ted Nolan discussed some of the things they worked on.

œOne good thing about practice time, is you get to review the system you want to play,said Nolan. œThere are a few important zones you need to take care of, especially the defensive zone, but also the neutral and offensive zones. Instead of overloading, we broke down each zone each day. We worked specifically in the neutral zone to make sure there aren't any turnovers. Our system will have the players attacking the puck in all three zones.

œThe players seem to be enjoying it so far. They've been working hard, but also having fun. To really enjoy it, you have to work hard and if you win, than you'll have more fun. We still have some work to do to fine tune everything, but we're getting there.

Chris Campoli echoed his coach's sentiments about the practices.

He's making us work hard, but he's also brought the fun back into the game, said Campoli. It's going to be even more fun if we start winning early.

Nolan went on to discuss what he expects from tonight's game stating, œWe still need to increase our work ethic. We still have a long way to go to get there. Now, the players also know where they need to be on the ice, and we want to see how they react to certain positioning. We'll see how they execute tonight and tomorrow as well. The season is not built in one week, so we'll continue to work on things now and through the playoffs.

Steve Mears will make his Islanders radio debut along with long-time Islanders color analyst Chris King on Bloomberg 1130 AM. Pre-game starts at 7:00 pm followed by the post-game running until 30 minutes after the final whistle.

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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