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Wednesday, 02.07.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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