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Saturday, 12.23.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (17-13-3) vs. Columbus (13-18-3)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) In their only meeting this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Islanders tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

It's been more than one year since the Islanders last faced the Blue Jackets on December 8, 2005. The Islanders traveled to Columbus, but lost 4-3 in the shootout. David Vyborny scored the lone goal in the extra session.

Columbus has had its troubles this year, sporting a 13-18-3 record. Their leading scorer, Vyborny has 30 points in 34 games. The team suffered when their top offensive defenseman, Duvie Westcott, went down with a serious injury, but he's returned to the lineup to help bolster the power play.

The netminding in Columbus has been split between sophomore Pascal Leclaire and rookie Fredrik Norrena.

In the past four games, the Blue Jackets have alternated wins and losses. Their latest game was a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Rick Nash scored the game-winner late in the third period. Leclaire left the game early with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Norrena.

This is the Islanders' last game before the holiday break. They return to action on the 26th when they play host to the Rangers in their first of four meetings at the Coliseum.

This will be the sixth time the Islanders play games on consecutive nights. They are 5-0-0 in the second games.

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.


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:

Islanders 37 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Columbus - 29 points, 4th place, Central Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 19 goals, 36 points; Alexei Yashin, 19 assists; Brendan Witt, 68 PIM.
Columbus Rick Nash, 13 goals; David Vyborny, 23 assists, 30 points; Alexander Svitov, 62 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 17.2 percent. Penalty killing: 78.9 percent.
Columbus - Power play: 16.2 percent. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (14-10-1, 2.90 GAA, .910 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-3-2, 2.83, .916).
Columbus Pascal Leclaire (6-12-2, 2.97, .900); Fredrik Norrena (7-6-1, 2.82, .903).

2005-06 SERIES:
Islanders, 1 point Columbus, 2 points

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Islanders
9-6-2 at home
Columbus 6-10-1 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
44 Freddy Meyer

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon 
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
33 Eric Boguniecki
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


COLUMBUS
Goaltenders
31 Pascal Leclaire
30 Fredrik Norrena

Defensemen
2   Anders Eriksson
6   Ron Hainsey  
10 Duvie Westcott
44 Aaron Johnson
52 Adam Foote  
55 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
97 Rostislav Klesla  

Forwards
9   David Vyborny
13 Nikolai Zherdev
16 Alexander Svitov
17 Gilbert Brule  
25 Jason Chimera
27 Manny Malhotra
33 Fredrik Modin
45 Jody Shelley
49 Dan  Fritsche
61 Rick Nash
77 Anson Carter  
91 Sergei Fedorov

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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