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Thursday, 02.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (23-21-6) at Atlanta (26-16-8)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: MSG| Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders continue their stretch against highly ranked opponents when they return to Atlanta on Thursday to take on the Thrashers for the second time in a less than a week to begin the month of February.

Since returning from the All-Star break, the Islanders have earned points in each of their three games, including their 5-4 overtime loss to the Thrashers in Atlanta on Friday.

The Islanders picked up only one point against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday after taking a 3-0 leading into the third period. The Islanders eventually fell in 4-3 in overtime.

Mike Sillinger, Andy Hilbert and Trent Hunter each extended their point streaks to four games in the game against Detroit. The line of Sillinger, Hunter and Hilbert has had an incredible month of January. The line combined for 33 points and a +23 in 13 games, while often playing against the opponents™ top line.

Brendan Witt made an effective return to the lineup, playing 26:58, while finishing with a +3 rating and seven blocked shots.

Since the Islanders last played Atlanta, the Thrashers have lost and won a game. On Saturday, they fell 2-1 to the last-place Philadelphia Flyers, who were riding a nine-game losing streak.

The Thrashers followed up their loss with a win over the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils by the score of 5-4 in a shootout. Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov scored in the shootout to seal the victory for Atlanta. Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals in the game to extend his goal-scoring streak to four and his point streak to six.

Hossa is tied for second in the league with 31 goals, while Kovalchuk is tied for seventh with 29 tallies.

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


BELOW ARE CHANNEL LISTINGS FOR MSG ON LONG ISLAND
CABLEVISION
MSG: 71

DirecTV:
MSG: 621

DISH NETWORK:
MSG: 412

HDTV
MSG: 720

 

GAME NOTES
Islanders partner with the Stephan Siller Foundation
The Islanders are proud to announce their support to The Stephen Siller Foundation, formed in honor of firefighter, Stephen, who took his final heroic steps as he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center to help save others on September 11, 2001.

For the Islanders game against the New Jersey Devils on February 17th, fans can buy tickets through the Foundation to help raise funds for your local Burn Center. All net proceeds will be donated to the New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Burn Center Foundations. Special seats have been reserved for the February 17th game that will be sold for a discounted price to help benefit the Burn Centers. You will be able to buy select seats for the following prices. For more information, please logon to the Islanders website.

STANDINGS:
Islanders
52 points, 4th place, Atlantic Division
Atlanta - 66 points, 1st place, Southeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 26 goals, 46 points; Alexei Yashin, 25 assists; Brendan Witt, 93 PIM.
Atlanta Marian Hossa, 31 goals, 66 points; Slava Kozlov 36 assists, Greg de Vries, 56 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.1 percent. Penalty killing: 79.5 percent.
Atlanta - Power play: 16.8 percent. Penalty killing: 79.0 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (20-16-3, 2.82 GAA, .911 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-5-3, 2.97, .909).
Atlanta Kari Lehtonen (24-13-7, 2.80, .911); Johan Hedberg (5-3-1, 3.17, .881).

2006-07 SERIES:
Islanders 3 pts., Atlanta 4 pts.

LAST MEETING:
January 26, 2007 at the Philips Arena: Atlanta 5-4 OT win

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Atlanta
14-7-4 at home
Islanders 11-12-2 on the road
 

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
38 Allan Rourke
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


ATLANTA
Goaltenders

1   Johan Hedberg
32 Kari Lehtonen

Defensemen
2   Garnett Exelby
3   Vitaly Vishnevski
4   Braydon Coburn
5   Steve McCarthy
7   Greg de Vries
28 Niclas Havelid
34 Shane Hnidy

Forwards
9   Glen Metropolit
11 J.P. Vigier
13 Slava Kozlov
14 Jon Sim
16 Bobby Holik
17 Ilya Kovalchuk
18 Marian Hossa
19 Scott Mellanby
20 Steve Rucchin
23 Jim Slater
29 Brad Larsen
36 Eric Boulton
39 Niko Kapanen

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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