GAME PREVIEW

Saturday, 01.13.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
New York Islanders
Islanders (21-19-3) vs. New Jersey (26-14-4)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders will try to keep the momentum rolling against the New Jersey Devils as they return home to the Nassau Coliseum.

Thursday night saw one of the Islanders' most exciting games of the season. After falling behind 2-0 to the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden, the Islanders mounted multiple comebacks to win in the fourth round of a shootout.

Randy Robitaille got things going with his first goal as an Islander in the second period, but the Islanders still trailed 2-1 after two periods.

Trent Hunter tied it up less than a minute into the third period. His line, alongside Andy Hilbert and Mike Sillinger has produced points in five consecutive games while playing against the opponents' top lines.

The Islanders fell behind 3-2 and 4-3, but the power play bailed them out of trouble. Tom Poti scored the first in front a large contingent of family and friends and Viktor Kozlov tallied the second with less than two minutes to go.

In the overtime, it became the Rick DiPietro show. He had to stop ten shots during the five-minute overtime, one of which was the save of the season. All Boston's Glen Murray was thinking about when he had the puck alone in front of the net was, who should I turn to first when I score my 21st goal of the season. To the dismay of Murray, the rest of the Bruins and the hometown crowd, DiPietro dove across to stop Murray's shot to send it into the shootout.

Miroslav Satan scored his third shootout goal in six attempts to get things started for the Islanders, but Marc Savard tied it in the third round to send it to sudden death. After DiPietro stopped Brad Boyes, it was time for Jason Blake to show his magic. Blake elected to skate in at an angle to get the goalie moving before roofing one to seal the 5-4 victory for the Islanders.

The Islanders are only one point out of eighth place, currently occupied by Tampa Bay and Toronto, but the Islanders have played in two less games than both teams. Tonight, the Islanders will try for their third straight win as they take on the Devils.

New Jersey is playing some of their best hockey lately having won four of their last five games. Yesterday, they knocked off Southeast Division-leading Atlanta, 2-1. Scott Gomez and Sergei Brylin scored third-period power play goals and Martin Brodeur stopped 25 of 26 shots. Brodeur has started all but two games this season and leads the league with seven shutouts.

The Brian Gionta-Scott Gomez-Patrik Elias line has been hot, having scored in the past six games.

New Jersey's penalty killing is the best in the league, stopping the opposition 88% of the time on the man advantage,


BELOW ARE CHANNEL LISTINGS FOR FSN NY ON LONG ISLAND
CABLEVISION:
FSN NY: 72

DirecTV:
FSN NY: 624

DISH NETWORK:
FSN NY: 413

HDTV:
FSN NY: 725


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 45 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
New Jersey - 56 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 23 goals and 41 points; Alexei Yashin, 23 assists; Brendan Witt, 84 PIM
New Jersey Brian Gionta, 20 goals; Brian Rafalski, 27 assists; Patrik Elias, 41 points; Cam Janssen, 65 PIM

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.0 percent. Penalty killing: 80.1 percent
New Jersey - Power play: 19.1 percent. Penalty killing: 88.0 percent

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (18-15-1, 2.71 GAA, .915 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-4-2, 2.85, .916)
New Jersey Martin Brodeur (26-13-3, 2.07, .927); Scott Clemmensen (0-1-1, 3.60, .878)

2006-07 SEASON SERIES:
Islanders 2 pts; New Jersey 4 pts

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Islanders
11-8-2 at home
New Jersey 11-10-1 on the road.


 
ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

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

 

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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