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Saturday, 12.16.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (15-12-3) vs. Atlanta (18-9-6)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY 2| Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders return home to the Nassau Coliseum to host Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and the high-flying Atlanta Thrashers.

Yesterday, the Islanders fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the score of 7-4, behind Ryan Malone's hat trick. Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Tom Poti each tallied a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Blake's 16 goals on the season ranks him tied for 15th in the NHL and his nine power play goals are good for a fifth-place tie.

Tonight is the second of four meeting with the Southeast division leaders, who have posted the fourth highest goal total among all NHL teams. The last time these two teams faced-off, back on November 4, the Thrashers came away with a 4-1 victory at the Coliseum on four different goal scorers.

The past four games, however, the Thrashers have had trouble scoring, compiling only six goals in a span in which they've gone 0-2-2.

Last night, Atlanta was handed a 3-2 overtime loss courtesy of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. After Ovechkin tied the game with 31 seconds left in the third period, he went on to complete his hat trick six seconds into the overtime session. Kari Lehtonen was in goal for the Thrashers, allowing three goals on 33 shots. Jon Sim and J.P. Vigier scored the goals for Atlanta, a team that hasn't won since downing Toronto on December 5.

Despite their recent scoring struggles, Atlanta possess three of the top 20 scorers in the league in Hossa (42), Slava Kozlov (37) and Kovalchuk (36). Each of these Europeans can hurt you in different ways: Hossa with his hands, Kozlov with his vision and Kovalchuk with his speed.

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.

Click here to find FSN NY 2 in your area.

 

GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
33 points, 4th place, Atlantic Division
Atlanta - 42 points, 1st place, Southeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 16 goals, 32 points; Alexei Yashin, 18 assists; Brendan Witt, 49 PIM.
Atlanta Marian Hossa, 22 goals, 42 points; Slava Kozlov, 26 assists; Scott Mellanby, 53 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 17.4 percent. Penalty killing: 79.9 percent.
Atlanta - Power play: 18.5 percent. Penalty killing: 80.1 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (12-9-1, 2.93 GAA, .908 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-3-2, 2.83, .916).
Atlanta Kari Lehtonen (13-7-6, 2.86, .907); Johan Hedberg (5-2-0, 2.67, .897).

2006-07 SERIES:
Atlanta 1-0-0

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Islanders
8-6-2 at home
Atlanta 10-4-3 on the road

 

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

Forwards
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
57 Blake Comeau
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


ATLANTA
Goaltenders

1   Johan Hedberg
32 Kari Lehtonen

Defensemen
3   Vitaly Vishnevski
4   Braydon Coburn
5   Steve McCarthy
7  Greg de Vries
28 Niclas Havelid
34 Shane Hnidy

Forwards
9   Glen Metropolit
10 Jason Krog
11 J.P. Vigier
13 Slava Kozlov
14 Jon Sim
16 Bobby Holik
17 Ilya Kovalchuk
18 Marian Hossa
19 Scott Mellanby
20 Steve Rucchin
23 Jim Slater
29 Brad Larsen
36 Eric Boulton
39 Niko Kapanen

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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