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 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 7 2 4 2 6
J. Bailey 7 2 3 1 5
N. Leddy 7 0 5 0 5
R. Strome 7 2 2 1 4
K. Okposo 7 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 7 2 1 1 3
B. Nelson 6 2 0 1 2
F. Nielsen 7 1 1 -1 2
N. Kulemin 7 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 4 1 .926 2.30
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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