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Wednesday, 02.7.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (25-21-7) vs. Philadelphia (13-32-7)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN  NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders will try for a season-high, points in eight consecutive games, when they take on Peter Forsberg and the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

It's been just over a week since the Islanders last played at home, but it might have seemed longer than that considering the swing of emotions on their latest road trip.

After leading the Atlanta Thrashers heading into the third period on Thursday, the Islanders gave up the lead only to see Jason Blake spark a three-goal outburst and a 5-2 win. The following game saw the Islanders come back and win in Montreal after being down to the Canadiens in the third period. The next day, the Islanders played a defensive marathon against Washington. The game ended 2-1 in favor of the Capitals in a shootout and was by far the longest game of the Islanders' season due to extended stoppages because of malfunctioning glass partitions.

After the wild road trip, it's back to the good ˜ole Coliseum where the Islanders are three games over .500 on the season. The Islanders are 4-0-3 in their previous seven games and find themselves right in the middle of the playoff hunt, sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division, but four points behind eighth-place Carolina.

One of the few teams not in the playoff hunt is Philadelphia, which lies at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only 33 points 24 points behind the Islanders.

While their playoff hopes might be dashed, they can still play the role of spoiler, which they have been doing on Long Island against the Islanders. In four meetings between these two teams this season, the Islanders are 2 for 2 against Philadelphia on the road, but 0 for 2 at the Nassau Coliseum.

Their last meeting was in Philadelphia right before the All-Star break. Mike Sillinger and Andy Hilbert scored third-period goals to break a 2-2 tie as the Islanders went on to win 4-2.

Despite their season woes, the Flyers have improved their game recently. They have earned points in four consecutive games against three of the East's best teams Atlanta, Tampa Bay and New Jersey.

Their latest game was a victory over the Thrashers 5-2 on the road, where they have had some success 10-17-1. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped 32 of 34 shots for the win, while the Flyers' offense scored four unanswered goal in the third period.

The Islanders will get some defensive help tonight with Tom Poti and Bruno expected to return to the lineup tonight after suffering injuries in January.

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
DECIDED BY THE SHOOTOUT
The Islanders have participated in seven shootouts this season and have a 4-3 record. Jason Blake, Andy Hilbert, Viktor Kozlov and Miroslav Satan have converted with Blake, Hilbert and Satan leading the team with one determining goal each. Rick DiPietro has three victories in net for the Islanders

PLAYERS

ATTEMPTS

GOALS

DET. GOALS

Shawn Bates

1

0

0

Jason Blake

5

1

1

Andy Hilbert

2

1

1

Trent Hunter

4

0

0

Viktor Kozlov

7

2

0

Miroslav Satan

7

3

1

Mike Sillinger

1

0

0

Tom Poti

1

0

0

Alexei Yashin

3

0

0

Mike York*

3

1

1

TOTALS

34

8

4


*No longer on team

GOALTENDER

GAME

ATTEMPTS

GOALS

RESULT

Rick DiPietro

10/28 vs. FLA

10

1

W

SCHEDULE

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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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