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Thursday, 11.09.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 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 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
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 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
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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