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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

Thursday, 10.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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