THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

Thursday, 10.5.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Islanders open season in Phoenix

By Jason Lockhart

(10:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSNY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Islanders hockey is back and the season kicks off tonight as they face the Phoenix Coyotes on the road at 10 pm.

The Islanders finished the preseason on a three-game winning streak, finishing with a record of 3-2-0. Goaltenders Rick DiPietro and newly signed Mike Dunham split time in net for each of the team's five games.

Alexei Yashin led the Islanders in scoring in the preseason, posting two goals and four assists. New acquisition, Tom Poti, paced the defense with one goal and four assists.

The Islanders begin the season with 23 players named to the roster, including nine new faces: goaltender Dunham, defensemen Sean Hill, Poti and Brendan Witt, forwards Andy Hilbert, Viktor Kozlov, Richard Park, Mike Sillinger and Chris Simon.

"The old guys have really embraced the new guys," said Ted Nolan. "And the new guys have embraced the old guys. The people that we've brought in are good character people and the people left here from the past are good people, so it's a good group right now."

The Islanders will start on the road for the seventh consecutive year and match their record for longest opening road trip with four games.

In the 33 years of Islanders existence, the team has started on a four-game road trip only six times (˜82-˜83, '88-'89, '89-'90, '92-'93, '93-'94, '01-'02). In those six seasons, the Islanders reached the playoffs five of the six times, with one of the seasons ending in a Stanley Cup Championship (1982-83). During those opening road trips the Islanders went a combined 12-10-2.

When the Islanders start on at least a three-game road swing, they've made the playoffs in ten of those 13 seasons, going 22-17-6 on those trips.

The Coyotes finished 3-4-0 in this preseason earning back-to-back wins in their final two games versus Edmonton and Anaheim. Their leading preseason scorer was rookie center Joel Perrault who notched a goal and four assists. Newly acquired Ed Jovanovski led the defense in scoring, picking up four points.

The Islanders hold a 28-20-12 lead in the all-time series against the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise, last meeting at Phoenix on February 13, 2004, a 5-3 Islanders win.

 

ISLANDERS ROSTER

 

FORWARDS

 

 

 

 

 

NO.

POS.

NAME

HT.

WT.

SHOT

BIRTHDATE

BIRTHPLACE

45

RW

Arron Asham

5-11

209

R

4/13/1978

Portage-La-Prairie, MB

17

C/LW

Shawn Bates

6-0

210

R

4/3/1975

Melrose, MA

55

LW

Jason Blake

5-10

185

L

9/2/1973

Moorhead, MN

11

W

Andy Hilbert

5-11

198

L

2/6/1981

Howell, MI

7

RW

Trent Hunter

6-3

210

R

7/5/1980

Red Deer, AB

25

C/LW

Viktor Kozlov

6-5

235

R

2/14/1975

Togllatti, Russia

10

RW

Richard Park

5-11

190

R

5/27/1976

Seoul, Korea

81

RW

Miroslav Satan

6-3

192

L

10/22/1974

Topolcany, Slovakia

18

C

Mike Sillinger

5-10

200

R

6/29/1971

Regina SK

12

LW

Chris Simon

6-3

219

L

1/30/1972

Wawa, ON

15

LW

Jeff Tambellini

5-11

186

L

4/13/1984

Port Moody, BC

79

C

Alexei Yashin

6-3

220

R

11/5/1973

Sverdlovsk, Russia

16

C

Mike York

5-10

185

R

1/3/1978

Waterford, MI

DEFENSEMEN

 

 

 

 

  

4

D

Joel Bouchard

6-1

210

L

1/23/1974

Montreal, QC

14

D

Chris Campoli

6-1

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 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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