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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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