GAME PREVIEW

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GAME PREVIEW
ISLANDERS (6-4-2) VS. ATLANTA (9-3-3)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSNY2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Three wins in a row have given the Islanders a share of the Atlantic Division lead along with the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. Tonight at 7 pm, the Islanders look to extend their winning streak as they take on the Southeast Division-leading Atlanta Thrashers at the Nassau Coliseum on Fireworks Night.

Thursday night was arguably the Islanders' most complete performance as they held the New Jersey Devils to just 16 shots and won by the score of 5-2. The last time the Islanders allowed fewer than 20 shots was March 14, 2006 in 6-1 win at New Jersey.

In last night's game, five Islanders scorers contributed to the win: Trent Hunter (2), Miroslav Satan (2), Alexei Zhitnik (1), Viktor Kozlov (4) and Jason Blake (8). Alexei Yashin increased his team-leading point total to 16 with a three-assist night. Rick DiPietro stopped 14 shots to raise his record to 4-4-0.

This is the first of four meeting with Atlanta, which comes into tonight's game with the second most potent offense in the NHL with 53 goals. They are led by Marian Hossa (19 points) and Ilya Kovalchuk (18). Slava Kozlov has also been productive, leading the team with 11 assists. In goal for Atlanta is the 22-year-old Finnish netminder Kari Lehtonen, who has gotten off to a strong start posting an 8-3-3 record along with a 2.72 goals against average and .904 save percentage.

Last night, the Thrashers came from behind to knock of Washington 4-3. Steve Rucchin's third-period goal less than a minute into the frame put the Atlanta up 4-3 and backup goaltender Johan Hedberg did the rest, stopping 24 of 27 shots for his first win of the year.

Last season the Islanders went 3-1-0 against Atlanta, including two wins at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders hold the advantage in the all-time series with a record of 14-8-2-0.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSNY 2 Network.

To locate FSNY 2 in your area, check msgnetwork.com

GAME NOTES:
STANDINGS:
Islanders - 14 points, 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division. Atlanta - 21 points, 1st place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders Jason Blake, 7 goals; Alexei Yashin, 11 assists and 16 points; Brendan Witt, 32 PIM. Atlanta Marian Hossa, 11 goals and 13 points; Slava Kozlov, 11 assists; Scott Mellanby, 24 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Islanders - Power play: 21.2 percent. Penalty killing: 80.5 percent. Atlanta - Power play: 17.6 percent. Penalty killing: 86.0 percent.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders Rick DiPietro (4-4-0, 3.23 GAA, .895 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Atlanta Kari Lehtonen (8-3-3, 2.72, .904); Johan Hedberg (1-0-0, 2.00, .919).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES: Islanders, 3-1-0.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders 4-1-2 at home; Atlanta 5-1-2 on the road.

POINTS IN 8 OF 9
After a rocky 0-3-0 start out west, the Islanders have rebounded and are now tied for the Atlantic Division lead with 14 points. The team has earned points in eight of the last nine games with a record of 6-1-2.

SILLINGER THE FACEOFF SPECIALIST
Mike Sillinger has been a faceoff specialist for his entire NHL career and now currently leads the league with a 61.1 faceoff wining percentage. The 16-year veteran has ranked in the top-15 among NHL faceoff leaders in each of the past five seasons. Sillinger has also played for an NHL record twelve franchises.

AT THE COLISEUM
The Islanders wrapped up their 20-day, seven-game homestand this past week with a 4-1-2 record. It was the longest period the Islanders remain home this season. The team has another seven-game homestand in February/March, but for a shorter period of time. With two additional home games sandwiched in between this past Thursday's game in New Jersey and next week's game at Philadelphia, the Islanders do not fly again until mid-November when they start a seven-day trip to Dallas, Tampa Bay, Florida and Toronto.


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


ATLANTA
Goaltenders

1   Johan Hedberg
32 Kari Lehtonen

Defensemen
2  Garnet Exelby 
3   Vitaly Vishnevski
5   Steve McCarthy
7  Greg de Vries 
25 Andy Sutton
28 Niclas Havelid 
34 Shane Hnidy 

Forwards
9   Glen Metropolit 
11 J.P. Vigier
13 Slava Kozlov 
14 Jon Sim
16 Bobby Holik 
17 Ilya Kovalchuk
18 Marian Hossa 
19 Scott Mellanby
20 Steve Rucchin
23 Jim Slater
29 Brad Larsen
39 Niko Kapanen 
36 Eric Boulton

 

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 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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