GAME PREVIEW

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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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