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Thursday, 11.9.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
ISLANDERS (6-6-2) VS. PHILADELPHIA (3-10-1)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) After playing nine of their previous ten games at home, the Islanders take to the road and visit their division rival Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wachovia Center.

Ted Nolan has made a shake-up in the line combinations. In yesterday's practice Chris Simon was moved up to the top line with Alexei Yashin and Jason Blake, but Nolan mentioned that Arron Asham will also see some time on that line as well. A new line was created with Mike Sillinger centering Andy Hilbert and Miroslav Satan. Viktor Kozlov and Mike York will be alongside Trent Hunter, while Richard Park will see time with Arron Asham and Shawn Bates.

The Flyers are off to their worst start in franchise history, which caused their long-time GM Bob Clarke and head coach Ken Hitchcock to both be fired just a few games into the season.

Philadelphia still has a number of dangerous forwards in the likes of Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne, who terrorized NHL teams last year playing on the same line with Mike Knuble. But just like with the Islanders, head coach John Stevens shook-up the lines and split Forsberg and Gagne for their last game against Toronto, a 4-1 Flyers loss. Philadelphia has now lost three games in a row and four out of their last five.

Gagne, Forsberg and Knuble still top the Flyers in points, but have been significantly less productive than last season. Joni Pitkanen leads the defense in points with eight all assists. In goal, Antero Niittymaki has seen a majority of the playing time posting a record of 2-7-1.

Petr Nedved was recently recalled from the Flyers' AHL affiliate Philadelphia Phantoms to replace the injured Jeff Carter.

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

Check your local listings to locate FSN NY in your area.

GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 14 points, 4th place, Atlantic Division;
Philadelphia - 7 points, 5th place, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders Jason Blake, 8 goals; Alexei Yashin, 12 assists and 17 points; Brendan Witt, 32 PIM.
Philadelphia Simon Gagne, 7 goals and 10 points; Joni Pitkanen, 8 assists; Ben Eager, 38 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 18.9 percent. Penalty killing: 78.2 percent.
Philadelphia - Power play: 8.0 percent. Penalty killing: 87.7 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders Rick DiPietro (4-5-0, 3.32 GAA, .888 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-1-2, 2.71, .921).
Philadelphia Antero Niittymaki (2-7-1, 3.07, .890); Robert Esche (1-3-0, 5.31, .814).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES
Philadelphia, 6-2-0.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS
Philadelphia 2-4-1 at home; Islanders 2-3-0 on the road.

SILLINGER THE FACEOFF SPECIALIST
Mike Sillinger has been a faceoff specialist for his entire NHL career and now is currently third the league with a 59.1 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.

GOING BACK ON THE ROAD
The Islanders embark on five game road swing tonight and will not return for a home game for 15 days. The team will actually breakup this segment of their schedule into two separate trips. The first trip consists of tonight's game versus Philadelphia and then the team will return home for four and a half days. Next Tuesday, the team will leave for Dallas to begin the four-games in seven days portion of the trip which will also include stops at Tampa Bay, Florida and Toronto. The Islanders have one other significant road trip this season, a nine-day trip in March.

MONTH-BY-MONTH ON THE ROAD
Oct. 1-3-0
Nov. 1-0-0
Totals 2-3-0


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

 

PHILADELPHIA
Goaltenders
30 Antero Niittymaki
42 Robert Esche

Defensemen
2   Derian Hatcher 
3   Mike Rathje
6   Randy Jones
23 Denis Gauthier
34 Freddy Meyer
44 Joni Pitkanen

Forwards
8   Geoff Sanderson
12 Simon Gagne 
14 Mark Cullen
18 Mike Richards
19 Kyle Calder
20 R.J. Umberger
21 Peter Forsberg 
22 Mike Knuble
24 Sami Kapanen
27 Randy Robitaille
40 Eric Meloche
55 Ben Eager 
93 Petr Nedved

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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