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Saturday, 10.28.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (3-4-2) vs. Florida (5-6-1)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: MSG | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Tonight, the Islanders look to pick up points nine and ten as they faceoff against the Southeast Division Florida Panthers.

This will be the first of four meetings between these teams, having faced four times last year and splitting the series 2-2-0. The last time these two teams played at the Coliseum, - January 4, 2006 - the Islanders came away with a 4-3 shootout victory. Wade Dubielewicz earned the victory, entering the game in the final two minutes of overtime after Garth Snow went down with an injury.

Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is tied for the league lead with 39 hits along with Ottawa's Chris Neil. Mike Sillinger continues to dominate on faceoffs, going 13 for 17 against Buffalo on Thursday. He ranks third in faceoff winning percentage with a rate of 60.7%.

The Panthers play their third consecutive game against a New York Metropolitan team having beaten the Rangers on Wednesday 4-2 and then losing to the Devils 2-0 on Thursday. Olli Jokinen leads Florida in points with 12, while Mike Van Ryan paces the defense in points with nine. In goal, Alex Auld (3-4-1) and Ed Belfour (2-2-0) have split time.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on MSG Network.

Check your local listings to locate MSG in your area.


GAME NOTES:
STANDINGS:
Islanders - 8 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division. Florida - 11 points, 2nd place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders Jason Blake and Mike Sillinger, 4 goals; Alexei Yashin, 8 assists and 11 points; Brendan Witt, 28 PIM. Florida Jozef Stumpel, 5 goals; Olli Jokinen and Mike Van Ryan, 8 assists; Jokinen 12 points; Bryan Allen, 19 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Islanders - Power play: 18.4 percent. Penalty killing: 77.4 percent. Florida - Power play: 24.5 percent. Penalty killing: 81.5 percent.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders Rick DiPietro (1-3-, 4.11 GAA, .892 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Florida Alex Auld (3-4-1, 3.34, .898); Ed Belfour (2-2-0, 3.07, .893).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES: Split, 2-2-0.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders 2-1-2 at home; Florida 1-5-1 on road.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


PANTHERS
Goaltenders

35 Alex Auld
20 Ed Belfour

Defensemen
2   Branislav Mezei 
4   Jay Bouwmeester 
5   Bryan Allen 
7   Steve Montador 
8   Joel Kwiatkowski 
24 Ruslan Salei
26 Mike Van Ryn  
55 Ric Jackman

Forwards
9   Stephen Weiss
10 Gary Roberts 
11 Gregory Campbell 
12 Olli Jokinen 
13 Juraj Kolnik 
15 Jozef Stumpel 
16 Nathan Horton 
18 Ville Peltonen 
23 Martin Gelinas 
25 Joe Nieuwendyk  
77 Chris Gratton 
85 Rostislav Olesz      

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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