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Saturday, 12.16.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 7 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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