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Sunday, 02.4.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (25-21-6) at Washington (21-25-7)

(1:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders will try for their third straight win and points in seven consecutive games when they travel to Washington to faceoff against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals today at the Verizon Center.

Super Bowl weekend has started off well for the Islanders who play back-to-back matinee games for the first time this season. Saturday saw the Islanders defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 with three third period goals. It was the first time all season the Canadiens led heading into the third period, but failed to earn at least a point in the game. It was the third time the Islanders have won when trailing after 40 minutes.

Trent Hunter and Miroslav Satan provided all of the offense, each scoring two goals. Hunter has 15 points in his last 15 games, including points in six straight. Rick DiPietro picked up his 21st win behind a 28-save effort.

However, the Islanders lost defenseman Radek Martinek for 4-6 weeks, according to head coach Ted Nolan, after falling awkwardly on his left leg.

The Islanders were put to the test following the All-Star break, matching up against five teams likely playoff-bound. The result: eight out of a possible ten points.

Now the Islanders must prove themselves against teams below them in the standings, including today's Capitals.

When the All-Star Game concluded, the Islanders were two points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference and only one point ahead of Washington. Since then, the two teams have gone in opposite directions. The Islanders have picked up points in all six games they've played, while the Capitals have won only one game in five tries. The Islanders are now three points behind eighth place Carolina, while the Capitals find themselves in 14th place, ten points out of a playoff spot.

The Capitals continued their slide to the bottom of the standings yesterday against the surging Pittsburgh Penguins. What was anticipated to be a high-scoring tilt between the two best sophomores in the game Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin turned into a goaltender's duel. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stole the show, stopping all 30 shots for the shutout to help the Penguins to a 2-0 victory.

Despite being held off the scoresheet yesterday, Ovechkin is showing the league that least year's Calder Trophy season wasn't a fluke. He is currently in third place in the NHL point race with 70.

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.

 
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
- 56 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Washington - 49 points, 5th place, Southeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 27 goals, 47 points; Alexei Yashin, 25 assists; Brendan Witt, 95 PIM.
Washington Alexander Ovechkin, 33 goals, 37 assists, 70 points; Donald Brashear, 118 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.4 percent. Penalty killing: 80.6 percent.
Washington - Power play: 17.2 percent. Penalty killing: 81.6 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (21-16-3, 2.80 GAA, .912 SV%); Mike Dunham (4-5-3, 2.90, .911)
Washington Olaf Kolzig (17-18-4, 3.13, .909); Brent Johnson (4-7-3, 3.86, .885)

2006-07 SERIES:
Islanders: 1-0-0

LAST MEETING:
November 25, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum: Islanders 4-1 win

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: 
Islanders
13-12-2 on the road
Washington 12-11-3 at home

 

 

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
6   Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
38 Allan Rourke
44 Freddy Meyer

Forwards
7 Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
15 Jeff Tambellini
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
51 Frans Nielsen
81 Miroslav Satan


WASHINGTON
Goaltenders

1   Brent Johnson
37 Olaf Kolzig

Defensemen
2   Brian Pothier
3   Lawrence Nycholat
6   Jamie Heward
23 Milan Jurcina
26 Shaone Morrisonn
27 Ben Clymer
44 Steve Eminger 
52 Mike Green
55 Jeff Schultz

Forwards
8   Alexander Ovechkin
9   Dainius Zubrus
10 Matt Bradley
14 Eric Fehr
15 Boyd Gordon
16 Brian Sutherby
17 Chris Clark
18 Matt Pettinger
20 Richard Zednik
21 Brooks Laich
24 Kris Beech
27 Ben Clymer
28 Alexander Semin
87 Donald Brashear

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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 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
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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