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Saturday, 12.02.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (12-9-3) at Pittsburgh (11-9-4)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY 2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The division-rival swing continues Saturday as the Islanders travel to Pittsburgh for the second time in five days to face the Penguins.

The Islanders are facing a division rival for the third consecutive game, having already played the Penguins Tuesday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. They will face their fourth, Sunday against the Rangers.

After dropping consecutive losses, first to the Penguins and then to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Islanders players and coaches are focusing on coming out strong.

"The biggest thing for us is our starts," said Jason Blake. "We can't afford to keep stepping on our foot with slow starts. If we're ready to go right from the beginning, we should be okay."

The Islanders fell behind 3-0 Thursday night to Philadelphia and made a valiant effort to catch up, but fell one goal short. They out-shot the Flyers 13-2 in the final frame, but Antero Nittymaki's 39-save performance earned him the win and the First Star of the Game.

In Thursday night's game, Miroslav Satan earned his 600th career point, while Blake extended his point-scoring streak to seven games, totaling five goals and five assists.

The Penguins got a boost when Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup on Tuesday. His impact was immediate, assisting on two goals in a 3-2 win over the Islanders. Evgeni Malkin didn't record any points against the Islanders, but his 13 points in 14 games during the month of November was enough for him to receive Rookie of the Month honors for the second consecutive month. He's the first rookie to receive the honor in consecutive months since Ron Hextall did it in 1986.

John LeClair was recently waived by the Penguins after compiling two goals and five assists in seven games.

Last night, the Penguins lost to the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Erik Christensen and Malkin were the goal scorers for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped four of eight shots before being replaced by Jocelyn Thibault.

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 2.

To locate FSN NY 2 in your area, click here.


GAME NOTES
SATAN'S CAREER MILESTONES
IIslanders' winger Miroslav Satan recorded his 300th NHL career on November 24 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins and his 600th NHL career point on November 30. He is also one goal away from 300. In his 11-season NHL career, Satan has played in 809 games while recording 299 goals and 301 assists for 600 points.

BLAKE OFF TO CAREER BEST START
Jason Blake is off to the best start of his NHL career. Through the first 24 games of the season, Blake has recorded a team-leading 14 goals with 12 assists for 26 points. He is second overall on the team in scoring. Blake's previous high through 24 games is 20 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
13 points through the first 24 games.

STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 27 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Pittsburgh - 2 points, 4th place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 14 goals; Alexei Yashin, 18 assists, 28 points; Brendan Witt, 45 PIM.
Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin, 13 goals; Sidney Crosby, 22 assists, 32 points; Chris Thorburn, 41 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 15.5 percent. Penalty killing: 80.7 percent.
Pittsburgh - Power play: 15.3 percent. Penalty killing: 81.9 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (9-7-1, 2.56 GAA, .916 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-2-2, 2.52, .926).
Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury (11-6-3, 2.86, .909); Jocelyn Thibault (0-3-1, 3.45, .898).

LAST MEETING:
November 28, 2006 at the Mellon Arena: 3-2 loss

2006-07 SERIES:
Pittsburgh 4 points, Islanders 3 points

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Pittsburgh
6-4-3 at home
Islanders 5-5-1 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
25 Viktor Kozlov
33 Eric Boguniecki
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
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
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 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
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 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
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 63 19 39 5 123 212 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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