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Thursday, 02.8.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (26-21-7) at New Jersey (33-15-6)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: MSG | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Only two points out of a playoff spot, the Islanders face a daunting task when they take on Martin Brodeur and the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils tonight at the Continental Airlines Arena.

It's been a long time 23 days since since the Islanders didn't register a point in a game. In the past eight games, the Islanders have earned 13 of a possible 16 points, allowing them to stay with the playoff pack, which is also picking up points at a high rate.

As expected, the playoff-seeking teams are not separating much in the standings considering every game isn't just worth two points anymore, it can be three if it moves into overtime or beyond. Following Wednesday night's games, fourth place in the Eastern Conference and tenth place the Islanders - were separated by a mere five points.

The Islanders reached the 59-point mark by knocking off the Philadelphia Flyers last night for the first time at the Nassau Coliseum this season. Rick DiPietro stopped 27 shots to record his fifth shutout, while Viktor Kozlov and Miroslav Satan provided all of the offense. It wasn't the flashiest win, but it got the job done.

Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov continued to stay hot. Satan has six points in his previous four games and Kozlov has compiled four points in the same span along with a +5 rating. Also on that line, is newly recalled Jeff Tambellini, who was leading the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, in scoring before being recalled. He's set-up four goals in the four games since re-joining the Islanders.

The Islanders take one of the most formidable opponents tonight in the Devils. New Jersey isn't first in the Eastern Conference, but if they continue to play the way they have been lately, it might not be long until they are. They currently sit in second in the East with 72 points, six behind first-place Buffalo.

New Jersey has won three games in a row, knocking off Philadelphia, Buffalo and most recently the Rangers, where it took a shootout. It was the first time in six tries, that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was defeated in the shootout. Brian Gionta scored the lone shootout goal with a roof shot on the backhand, while Martin Brodeur shut the door stopping all three Rangers shooters for the win.

Brodeur has gone on an incredible streak, having not rested since December 14. He has started all but two of his team's 54 games.

The Islanders have visited New Jersey twice this year, earning a split in the first two games. With both teams rolling, this game is looking to be a tight battle between two Atlantic Division rivals.

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


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CABLEVISION
MSG: 71

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MSG: 621

DISH NETWORK:
MSG: 412

HDTV
MSG: 720


GAME NOTES
STANDINGS:
Islanders
- 59 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
New Jersey - 72 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 27 goals and 47 points; Alexei Yashin, 25 assists; Brendan Witt, 99 PIM
New Jersey Brian Gionta, 24 goals; Scott Gomez, 33 assists; Patrik Elias, 50 points; Cam Janssen, 65 PIM

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 15.8 percent. Penalty killing: 81.0 percent
New Jersey - Power play: 17.7 percent. Penalty killing: 84.6 percent

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (22-16-4, 2.68 GAA, .915 SV%); Mike Dunham (4-5-3, 2.90, .911)
New Jersey Martin Brodeur (33-14-5, 2.08, .926); Scott Clemmensen (0-1-1, 3.60, .878)

2006-07 SEASON SERIES:
Islanders
2 pts; New Jersey 6 pts

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
New Jersey
19-4-4 at home
Islanders 13-12-3 on the road.

 

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
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
51 Frans Nielsen
55 Jason Blake
81 Miroslav Satan


NEW JERSEY
Goaltenders
30 Martin Brodeur
40 Scott Clemmensen

Defensemen
5   Colin White
6   Mark Fraser
7   Paul Martin
21 Brad Lukowich
28 Brian Rafalski
29 Johnny Oduya

Forwards
9    Zach Parise
10 Erik Rasmussen
11 John Madden
12 Jim Dowd
14 Brian Gionta
15 Jamie Langenbrunner
17 Michael Rupp
18 Sergei Brylin
19 Travis Zajac
20 Jay Pandolfo
23 Scott Gomez
25 Cam Janssen
26 Patrik Elias

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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