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Wednesday, 01.3.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (19-17-3) at New Jersey (22-13-4)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY 2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) To stop their four-game losing streak, the Islanders will have to take down the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils, Thursday night at the Continental Airlines Arena.

This is the first of four consecutive games on the road for the Islanders. After taking on the Devils, the Islanders visit Carolina, the Rangers and Boston, before returning home to play New Jersey on Saturday, January 13.

Despite the loss on Tuesday to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Islanders showed some fight, scoring two goals in 33 seconds to get within one in the final three minutes of the game. Jason Blake recorded his 23rd goal of the season and Mike Sillinger scored his 11th of the season. Blake now has 40 points and is on pace to eclipse his previous high of 57, set during the 2005-06 season.

The Islanders have a daunting task, trying to top the Devils in New Jersey, where they are an impressive 13-3-3. One of those three losses came against the Islanders back on November 2.

The Devils have been successful because of the strong play from veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur and their stingy defense. Up front, New Jersey has a balanced attack, as can be seen by three players tied for the team in lead in goals with 15: Brian Gionta, Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner. Seven Devils have at least 20 points, led by Elias, with 37.

The Devils had won three straight games, before losing to the Rangers in a shootout at home on Tuesday. Langenbrunner tied the game at two in the final five minutes of the game. In the shootout, it took eight rounds to decide the winner as Marcel Hossa beat Brodeur, while Henrik Lundqvist denied Travis Zajac to preserve the victory.

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
STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 41 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
New Jersey - 48 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 23 goals and 40 points; Alexei Yashin, 22 assists; Brendan Witt, 78 PIM
New Jersey Brian Gionta, Patrik Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner, 15 goals; Scott Gomez, 23 assists; Elias, 37 points; Cam Janssen, 65 PIM

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 15.6 percent. Penalty killing: 80.4 percent
New Jersey - Power play: 19.7 percent. Penalty killing: 87.5 percent

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (16-13-1, 2.58 GAA, .919 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-4-2, 2.85, .916) New Jersey Martin Brodeur (22-12-3, 2.10, .924); Scott Clemmensen (0-1-1, 3.60, .878)

2006-07 SEASON SERIES:
Islanders
2 pts; New Jersey 2 pts

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
New Jersey
13-3-3 at home
Islanders 8-9-1 on the road.

 

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
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
 

NEW JERSEY
Goaltenders
30 Martin Brodeur 
40 Scott Clemmensen

Defensemen
2   David Hale
5   Colin White
7   Paul Martin
8   Alex Brooks 
21 Brad Lukowich
28 Brian Rafalski
29 Johnny Oduya

Forwards
9    Zach Parise
10 Erik Rasmussen
11 John Madden
12 Jim Dowd
14 Brian Gionta
15 Jamie Langenbrunner
17 Michael Rupp
18 Sergei Brylin 
19 Travis Zajac
20 Jay Pandolfo
23 Scott Gomez
25 Cam Janssen
26 Patrik Elias 

 

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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