GAME PREVIEW

Saturday, 10.28.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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