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Monday, 01.15.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (21-19-4) vs. Tampa Bay (23-21-2)

(12:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) It's the first afternoon game of the season for the Islanders as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders will try to earn points four consecutive games after earning two points against the Rangers and Boston Bruins and one point against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

For over 58 minutes, the Devils and Islanders played an even game with neither Rick DiPietro nor Martin Brodeur willing to give an inch. But with less than two minutes left in regulation, John Madden scored what appeared to be the game winner.

With time winding down, the Islanders desperately tried to get the equalizer. And with just over ten seconds remaining Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski was called for holding. It set up a faceoff in the Devils' defensive zone. Off the ensuing draw, Madden tried to sit on the puck, but the Islanders jarred it loose. Viktor Kozlov and Tom Poti both helped tap the puck towards the net to Miroslav Satan, who instinctively swept it past Martin Brodeur with .7 seconds left in regulation to tie the score.

Unfortunately, for the Islanders a giveaway led to a Scott Gomez goal in the overtime and a 2-1 win for the Devils. It was the third game in a row the Islanders garnered a point.

The Islanders will try for points in four games when they host the Lightning, who have won four games in a row. A win against Tampa Bay would tie the Islanders with the Lightning for eighth in the conference. The Islanders have played 44 games compared to the Lightning's 46.

Tampa Bay started off their  four-game winning streak on January 7 with back-to-back 3-2 wins over the Pittsburgh Penguins. They followed those wins up with a 5-4 win over Washington and most recently a 3-2 victory against Eastern Conference leader Buffalo.

Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier have been the dominant forces on offense, both tallying 60 points on the season.

Head coach John Tortorella has elected to go with Johan Holmqvist lately, despite signing Marc Denis in the off-season. Denis was the number one goalie for Columbus last season. Denis did win the most recent game against Buffalo, but Holmqvist was the starter for the three previous wins.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSNY Network.

To locate FSNY in your area, check www.msgnetwork.com


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
- 46 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay - 48 points, 3rd place, Southeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 23 goals and 41 points; Alexei Yashin, 23 assists; Brendan Witt, 84 PIM.
Tampa Bay Martin St. Louis, 28 goals; Vincent Lecavalier, 30 assists; Lecavalier and St. Louis, 60 points; Cory Sarich, 41 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 17.6 percent. Penalty killing: 79.6 percent.
Tampa Bay - Power play: 16.8 percent. Penalty killing: 75.3 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (18-15-2, 2.69 GAA, .915 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-4-2, 2.85, .916).
Tampa Bay Marc Denis (10-12-2, 3.10, .881); Johan Holmqvist (13-9-0, 2.88, .890).

LAST MEETING:
November 17, 2006 at the St. Pete Times Forum : 3-2 shootout loss

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Islanders
11-8-3 at home
Tampa Bay 11-10-2 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
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


TAMPA BAY
Goaltenders

30 Marc Denis
40 Johan Holmqvist

Defensemen
3   Doug Janik
7   Luke Richardson
21 Cory Sarich
22 Dan Boyle
44 Nolan Pratt
54 Paul Ranger
71 Filip Kuba

Forwards
4   Vincent Lecavalier
9   Eric Perrin
15 Nikita Alexeev
17 Ruslan Fedotenko
19 Brad Richards
20 Vaclav Prospal
24 Andreas Karlsson
26 Martin St. Louis
27 Tim Taylor
29 Dmitry Afanasenkov
34 Ryan Craig
36 Andre Roy
74 Nick Tarnasky

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 22 16 5 1 61 52 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
10 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
11 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
12 NJD 20 9 9 2 49 56 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 20 8 12 -4 20
B. Nelson 20 10 9 5 19
K. Okposo 20 5 14 -1 19
R. Strome 20 4 11 9 15
J. Boychuk 19 2 11 7 13
F. Nielsen 20 5 7 5 12
N. Kulemin 20 4 7 0 11
N. Leddy 20 5 4 8 9
M. Grabovski 17 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 12 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 9 4 0 .918 2.42
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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