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Friday, 11.17.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (8-6-2) at Tampa Bay (9-8-1)

(8:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY 2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders try to make it five in a row on the road as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum.

On Wednesday, the Islanders earned their fourth road win in a row by knocking of the Dallas Stars 3-0. Rick DiPietro made 35 save to earn his seventh career shutout while Mike York, Jason Blake and Trent Hunter had the tallies for the Islanders. Blake's goal was his team-leading ninth. Alexei Yashin also continued to add to his team-leading point total by posting an assist. With the win, the Islanders can move to three games over .500 for the first time this season with a win against Tampa Bay.

This is the second of four meeting between these teams. In their first meeting, Tampa Bay walked away with a 5-1 victory at the Coliseum behind two goals from defenseman Filip Kuba.

The streaking Lightning had gone five games in a row earning at least a point before losing in regulation to Montreal 3-1 on Wednesday. In the loss, both Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis had 11-game point-scoring streaks snapped. Lecavalier currently leads the team in points with 22 and St. Louis in goals with 11.

Initially considered the backup goaltenders this year, Johan Holmqvist has started in three of the past four games, earning victories in all of his starts.

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
- 18 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay - 19 points, 3rd place, Southeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 9 goals; Alexei Yashin, 13 assists and 20 points; Brendan Witt, 37 PIM.
Tampa Bay Martin St. Louis, 11 goals; Vincent Lecavalier, 12 assists and 22 points; Cory Sarich, 25 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 17.6 percent. Penalty killing: 79.6 percent.
Tampa Bay - Power play: 16.8 percent. Penalty killing: 75.3 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (6-5-0, 2.80 GAA, .908 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-1-2, 2.71, .921).
Tampa Bay Marc Denis (5-6-1, 2.98, .889); Johan Holmqvist (4-2-0, 2.53, .901).

LAST MEETING:
November 6, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum: 6-1 Loss

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Islanders
4-3-0 on the road
Tampa Bay 4-6-0 at home

YASHIN OFF TO BEST START AS AN ISLANDER
Alexei Yashin is off to another hot start. Through the first 16 games of the season, the captain has recorded seven goals with 13 assists for a team leading 20 points. Last season, Yashin also had a good start with 17 points through the first 15 games. Through 15 games in 2001-02, Yashin recorded 16 points. In 303 games as an Islander, Yashin has collected 108 goals, 151 assists for 259 points.

BLAKE OFF TO CAREER BEST START
Jason Blake is also off to a great start. In fact, it's the best start of his NHL career. Through the first 16 games of the season, Blake has recorded a team-leading nine goals with seven assist for 16 points. He is second on the team in scoring. Blake's previous high through 15 games in 10 points, set in 2003-04 and tied in 2005-06. His best NHL season came in the 2002-03 season when he recorded 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points. That year he recorded six points through the first 15 games.

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
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


TAMPA BAY
Goaltenders

30 Marc Denis
40 Johan Holmqvist

Defensemen
3   Doug Janik
7   Luke Richardson
21 Cory Sarich
22 Dan Boyle
44 Nolan Pratt
54 Paul Ranger
71 Filip Kuba

Forwards
4   Vincent Lecavalier
9   Eric Perrin
15 Nikita Alexeev
17 Ruslan Fedotenko
19 Brad Richards
20 Vaclav Prospal
24 Andreas Karlsson
26 Martin St. Louis
27 Tim Taylor
29 Dmitry Afanasenkov
34 Ryan Craig
74 Nick Tarnasky

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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