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Thursday, 11.30.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (12-8-3) vs. Philadelphia (7-15-3)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders look to rebound after a tough loss on Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Penguins and continue their home winning streak, taking on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

A win tonight by the Islanders would extend their longest home winning streak of the season to four after picking up three victories in four nights over Thanksgiving weekend.

Jason Blake carries a streak of his own, having scored in his past six games, totaling five goals and four assists. He tallied an assist on Viktor Kozlov's goal in Tuesday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Islanders won in their only previous meeting with Philadelphia this year, handing the Flyers a 3-1 loss at the Wachovia Center. In that game, Alexei Yashin had two goals, Richard Park had one and Rick DiPietro stopped 32 of 33 shots. Simon Gagne scored the lone Philadelphia goal late in the third period on the power play.

The Flyers have struggled all season long, but have played better lately, earning points in three of their past four games.

Last night, however, they put another one in the loss column, dropping a 3-2 decision to Nashville. Mike Knuble and R.J. Umberger scored the two tallies for Philadelphia, while Antero Niittymaki took the loss.

Yesterday, backup goaltender Robert Esche was placed on the injured reserve and will be out 2-4 weeks. The Flyers called up Martin Houle from their AHL affiliate Philadelphia Phantoms. Houle has no NHL experience.

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
BLAKE OFF TO CAREER BEST START
Jason Blake is off to the best start of his NHL career. Through the first 23 games of the season, Blake has recorded a team-leading 14 goals with 11 assists for 25 points. He is second overall on the team in scoring. Blake's previous high through 23 games is 17 points set 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 12 points through the first 23 games.

SATAN'S CAREER MILESTONES
Islanders' winger Miroslav Satan recorded his 300th NHL career on November 24 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is also one goal away from 300 and one point away from 600. In his 11-season NHL career, Satan has played in 808 games while recording 299 goals and 300 assists for 599 points.

SIMON PLAYS IN 700TH NHL GAME
Islanders' winger Chris Simon played in his 700th NHL game on November 28th at Pittsburgh. Simon, in his first season with the Islanders, is a 14-year NHL veteran with 135 goals, 151 assists and 286 points. He has also recorded 1,709 penalty minutes.

STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 27 points, 2nd place, Atlantic Division
Philadelphia - 17 points, 5th place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 14 goals; Alexei Yashin, 18 assists and 28 points; Brendan Witt, 45 PIM.
Philadelphia Simon Gagne, 13 goals; Joni Pitkanen, 16 assists; Gagne, 21 points; Ben Eager, 59 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.0 percent. Penalty killing: 81.6 percent.
Philadelphia - Power play: 13.7 percent. Penalty killing: 85.8 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (9-7-1, 2.56 GAA, .916 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-1-2, 2.45, .932).
Philadelphia Antero Niittymaki (5-11-3, 3.07, .8977); Martin Houle (0-0-0, 0.00, .000).

LAST MEETING:
November 9, 2006 at the Wachovia Center: 3-1 win

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Islanders
7-3-2 at home
Philadelphia 4-8-0 on the road


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
33 Eric Boguniecki
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
81 Miroslav Satan


PHILADELPHIA
Goaltenders

35 Martin Houle
30 Antero Niittymaki

Defensemen
2   Derian Hatcher 
3   Mike Rathje
6   Randy Jones
34 Freddy Meyer
44 Joni Pitkanen
45 Alexandre Picard
46 Jussi Timonen

Forwards
8   Geoff Sanderson
12 Simon Gagne 
18 Mike Richards
19 Kyle Calder
20 R.J. Umberger
21 Peter Forsberg 
22 Mike Knuble
24 Sami Kapanen
27 Randy Robitaille
28 Boyd Kane
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 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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