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Tuesday, 01.2.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (19-16-3) vs. Philadelphia (10-24-4)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN  NY 2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders will try to stop their three-game losing streak as they return home to play their division rival, the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders are 4-1-0 in the past five games at the Nassau Coliseum, including three consecutive shutouts during that span.

Despite dropping their last three games, the Islanders are right in the playoff mix, tied for ninth with the Boston and only one point out of seventh place, occupied by the Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jason Blake tallied his 22nd goal of the season on New Year's Day in a 3-1 loss to Buffalo. Blake is tied for sixth in the NHL, and only three behind the leaders, Alexander Ovechkin from Washington and Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay.

Tonight will be the first time the Islanders play Philadelphia since trading for Freddy Meyer and Randy Robitaille. Meyer played in 83 games for the Flyers in three seasons, recording eight goals and 24 assists. Robitaille dressed for 28 games this season for the Flyers, compiling five goals and 12 assists.

The Flyers come into tonight's game having won their last two games, after sustaining a ten-game losing streak, including one overtime loss.

Against Carolina, on Sunday, Peter Forsberg assisted on three goals, while Kyle Calder scored the game-winner 6:23 into the third period to defeat the Hurricanes 5-2. Robert Esche made 40 saves to earn the victory. The Flyers managed only 19 shots on goal. Esche was also in goal against Tampa Bay on Thursday, stopping 42 of 45 shots for the win.

In the past two games, the Peter Forsberg-Simon Gagne-Mike Knuble line is looking as strong as ever, combining for four goals and seven assists in their two most recent wins.

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 locate FSN NY 2 in your area.

GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 41 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Philadelphia - 24 points, 5th place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 22 goals, 39 points; Alexei Yashin, 22 assists; Brendan Witt, 76 PIM
Philadelphia Simon Gagne, 20 goals, 31 points; Joni Pitkanen, 19 assists; Ben Eager, 95 PIM

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.1 percent. Penalty killing: 79.9 percent
Philadelphia - Power play: 14.4 percent. Penalty killing: 84.8 percent

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (16-13-1, 2.58 GAA, .919 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-3-2, 2.83, .916)
Philadelphia Antero Niittymaki (6-20-4, 3.28, .895); Robert Esche (4-4-0, 4.73, .862); Scott Munroe (0-0-0, 0.00, .000)

LAST MEETING:
November 30, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum: 3-2 loss

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Islanders
11-7-2 at home
Philadelphia 7-13-0 on the road


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
38 Allan Rourke 

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
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


PHILADELPHIA
Goaltenders

40 Robert Esche
67 Scott Munroe

Defensemen
2   Derian Hatcher 
6   Randy Jones
44 Joni Pitkanen
45 Alexandre Picard
54 David Printz
77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
9    Stefan Ruzicka
11 Ryan Potulny
12 Simon Gagne
17 Jeff Carter 
19 Kyle Calder
20 R.J. Umberger
21 Peter Forsberg 
22 Mike Knuble
24 Sami Kapanen
28 Boyd Kane
29 Todd Fedoruk
40 Eric Meloche
55 Ben Eager
61 Mike York
93 Petr Nedved

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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