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Friday, 11.24.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (10-7-3) vs. Pittsburgh (10-7-3)

(2:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) On the day after Thanksgiving, the Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum, in a matchup of division rivals with identical records.

The Islanders returned home on Wednesday, following a five-game road trip, and in their most dominating performance of the year, took care of business against the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes did not register a shot on goal until the final two minutes of the first period, ultimately being out-shot 20-1 in the first period and 48-15 in the game. The one shot against in the period tied an Islanders franchise record, achieved on eight other occasions.

Shawn Bates staked the Islanders to a 1-0 lead, early in the first period off a 2-on-1 feed from Richard Park. The Islanders struck again in the third on goals by Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan. The Islanders eventually won 4-2, raising their record to 10-7-3.

Blake and Yashin have now earned eight and nine points, respectively, in their past six games. Rick DiPietro has played well in his last nine starts, going 6-2-1 with a 2.18 goals average and a .919 save percentage in that span.

The Penguins sport the same record of 10-7-3, but may be without their star forward, Sidney Crosby, who sat out Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins, with a groin pull. Crosby's 30 points places him tied for fourth in league scoring.

After scoring in his first six NHL games, Evgeni Malkin is showing why he was considered the best player not in the NHL last season. Malkin is currently second on the Penguins in scoring with 20 points and his ten goals are tied for the team lead with Crosby.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is playing the best hockey of his young NHL career, compiling a record of 10-5-2 so far this season.

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.

BELOW ARE CHANNEL LISTINGS FOR FSN NY ON LONG ISLAND

CABLEVISION
FSN NY: 72

DirecTV:
FSN NY: 624

DISH NETWORK:
FSN NY: 413


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 23 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division
Pittsburgh - 23 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 12 goals; Alexei Yashin, 16 assists and 25 points; Brendan Witt, 41 PIM.
Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, 10 goals; Crosby, 20 assists, 30 points; Chris Thorburn, 37 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.5 percent. Penalty killing: 79.3 percent.
Pittsburgh - Power play: 17.2 percent. Penalty killing: 81.4 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (7-6-1, 2.75 GAA, .908 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-1-2, 2.45, .932).
Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury (10-5-2, 2.82, .912); Jocelyn Thibault (0-2-1, 3.73, .890).

LAST MEETING:
October 19, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum: 4-3, Overtime loss

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Islanders
5-3-2 at home
Pittsburgh 5-3-1 on the road

ISLANDERS TO HONOR BOB BOURNE
The Islanders are hosting their first-ever hall of Fame Night on this week on Nov. 25. Bob Bourne, an integral member of all four Stanley Cup championship teams from 1980 83, will be the first inductee. Bourne ranks of the franchise top ten lists of six categories: games, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and shorthanded goals. Bourne is also sixth in postseason scoring, with 38-54-92 in 129 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


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


PITTSBURGH
Goaltenders

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
41 Jocelyn Thibault

Defensemen
2   Josef Melichar
4   Noah Welch
5   Rob Scuderi
19 Ryan Whitney
44 Brooks Orpik
55 Sergei Gonchar

Forwards
7   Michel Ouellet
8   Mark Recchi
10 John LeClair
11 Jordan Staal
16 Erik Christensen
18 Dominic Moore
20 Colby Armstrong
22 Chris Thorburn
25 Maxime Talbot
26 Ronald Petrovicky
28 Nils Ekman
36 Andre Roy
37 Jarkko Ruutu
71 Evgeni Malkin
87 Sidney Crosby

 

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 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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