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Friday, 11.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 7 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 7 3 2 1 5
B. Nelson 7 1 4 -3 5
R. Strome 5 1 3 4 4
A. Quine 7 1 3 2 4
S. Prince 7 3 0 3 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
T. Hickey 7 1 2 -1 3
N. Leddy 7 0 3 3 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 2 0 .941 1.94
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