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Saturday, 02.10.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (26-22-7) at Boston (24-25-4)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders will try to get back on the winning track when they travel north to the city of Boston to take on the Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden.

It had been nearly a month since the Islanders had lost in regulation, when they were defeated at the Continental Airlines Arena Tuesday night by the New Jersey Devils 2-0. But the Islanders have shown resilience after coming off disappointing losses and will try to rebound against a Bruins team they've had success against this season.

If you can remember back to October 14, the Islanders took care of business in their home opener, taking down the visiting Bruins 4-1 behind two Jason Blake goals. They next played Boston on January 11 at the TD Banknorth Garden, where they found themselves down three times in the third period. But power play goals by Tom Poti and Viktor Kozlov sent the game in overtime where Rick DiPietro worked his magic stopping Glen Murray, who appeared to have a wide open net. DiPietro was stellar in the shootout, while Blake notched the eventual game-winner.

Since that win, the Islanders have shown increased resolve, especially in the third period, completing third-period, come-from-behind wins against Buffalo and Montreal.

Despite the Islanders' run of eight straight games where they registered a point, they're just behind the playoff pack. The Islanders currently sit in tenth place with 59 points, one point behind ninth place Toronto and trailing eighth place Tampa Bay by three points.

The Bruins find themselves in 13th place with 52 points. Unlike the Islanders, who went on a productive run, the Bruins performed dismally in January going 3-9-1 in the month. They have faired better in February, playing .500 hockey with wins over Carolina and Washington. Most recently, the Bruins dropped a re-match game to the Hurricanes 4-2 in Boston on Thursday.

It's no surprise that the Bruins are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. They're in the bottom third of the league in goals for, and near the bottom in goals against. During their rough patch in January, they gave up at least five goals in a game seven times.

Tim Thomas has taken the reigns as the starting goalie, but his performances recently in goal have been rocky.

The Islanders still have to worry about Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard up front as well as Zdeno Chara's 100-plus MPH slapshots from the point.

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
59 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Boston - 52 points, 5th place, Northeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 27 goals, 47 points; Alexei Yashin, 25 assists; Brendan Witt, 101 PIM.
Boston Glen Murray, 26 goals; Marc Savard, 50 assists, 68 points; Andrew Alberts, 101 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 15.7 percent. Penalty killing: 81.2 percent.
Boston - Power play: 18.8 percent. Penalty killing: 81.7 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (22-17-4, 2.67 GAA, .916 SV%); Mike Dunham (4-5-3, 2.90, .911).
Boston Tim Thomas (21-17-3, 3.25, .902); Hannu Toivonen (3-7-1, 4.33, .869).

2006-07 SERIES:
Islanders 2-0-0

LAST MEETING:
January 11, 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden: 5-4 Islanders win in a shootout

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Boston
14-12-2 at home
Islanders 13-13-3 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


BOSTON
Goaltenders

30 Tim Thomas
54 Hannu Toivonen

Defensemen
6   Brad Stuart
23 Paul Mara
25 Jason York
33 Zdeno Chara
38 Bobby Allen
41 Andrew Alberts

Forwards
10 Brandon Bochenski
11 P.J. Axelsson
13 Stanislav Chstov
16 Marco Sturm
17 Petr Tenkrat
18 Mark Mowers
20 Wayne Primeau
22 Shean Donovan
26 Brad Boyes 
27 Glen Murray
37 Patrice Bergeron
53 Jeremy Reich
81 Phil Kessel
91 Marc Savard

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 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 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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