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Tuesday, 02.13.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (26-22-8) at Toronto (27-22-7)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) It's a crucial matchup tonight at the Air Canada Centre as the Islanders try to leapfrog the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings.

A win tonight by the Islanders could put them only one point behind eighth-place Carolina, pending the outcome of the Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings game set to start at 7 pm tonight. The Islanders have two games in hand on the Hurricanes.

One thing that is certain is that a win by the Islanders in regulation will put them in ninth place, one point ahead of tonight's opponent, Toronto. The Leafs currently sit in ninth place with 61 points in 56 games, while the Islanders have 60 points in the same number of games. A win by the Islanders in overtime or in a shootout would put both teams at 62 points and tied for ninth.

While the Islanders are trying to reach that elusive eighth spot, they don't need to look much further to find the sixth and seventh spot. Tampa Bay and Montreal rest in those playoff positions with 64 points, only four more than the Islanders.

It's been three days since the Islanders last played a game, dropping a 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Marco Sturm's power play goal with 8:15 remaining in the third period forced an extra session.

After a scoreless overtime, the Islanders participated in their second shootout in four contests, and their second consecutive shootout against the Bruins. After Viktor Kozlov and Patrice Bergeron traded goals in the opening rounds, it went to sudden death. In the seventh round, Randy Robitaille and Petr Tenkrat both scored to continue the drama. In the ninth round, Tom Poti hit the post, but Zdeno Chara slipped the puck between Rick DiPietro's legs after a fake slapshot to end the game for the Bruins.

It was the second longest shootout the Islanders participated in all season. The longest was against the Florida Panthers on October 28 when Andy Hilbert won it in the tenth round for the Islanders.

It's back to business against a Toronto team that had so much hype coming into the season with off-ice changes including the firing of long-time head coach Pat Quinn. However, the Leafs have been inconsistent all season, but are 7-2-1 in their last ten games.

The Leafs lost two of their top scorers in Darcy Tucker and Kyle Wellwood, but have still found ways to score. Captain Mats Sundin is leading the way along with power forward Jeff O'Neill and their two top defensemen, Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe.

Andrew Raycroft has had a decent first year in goal with the Leafs, but has improved over the past month.

While Raycroft's play has improved, he was shelled by the surging Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, losing 6-5 in overtime. Penguins rookie Jordan Staal completed his first career hat trick 3:54 into the overtime period to end the game.


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:

SHOOTOUT STATS

PLAYERS

ATTEMPTS

GOALS

DET. GOALS

Shawn Bates

1

0

0

Jason Blake

6

1

1

Andy Hilbert

3

1

1

Trent Hunter

5

0

0

Viktor Kozlov

8

3

0

Tom Poti

1

0

0

Randy Robitaille

1

1

0

Miroslav Satan

8

3

1

Mike Sillinger

2

0

0

Jeff Tambellini

1

0

0

Alexei Yashin

3

0

0

Mike York*

3

1

1

TOTALS

43

10

4

* No longer on team

GOALTENDER

GAME

ATTEMPTS

GOALS

RESULT

Rick DiPietro

10/28 vs. FLA

10

1

W

SCHEDULE

HOME
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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 7 6 1 0 22 21 12
2 TBL 7 4 2 1 21 14 9
3 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
4 WSH 5 3 0 2 18 11 8
5 DET 6 3 1 2 12 10 8
6 NYI 6 4 2 0 22 20 8
7 NYR 7 4 3 0 21 23 8
8 BOS 8 4 4 0 20 20 8
9 NJD 6 3 2 1 20 20 7
10 TOR 7 3 3 1 20 21 7
11 PIT 5 3 2 0 19 15 6
12 CBJ 5 3 2 0 15 12 6
13 FLA 6 2 2 2 9 14 6
14 PHI 7 2 3 2 22 28 6
15 CAR 5 0 3 2 11 18 2
16 BUF 6 1 5 0 8 22 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 3 7 -2 10
B. Nelson 6 4 4 2 8
K. Okposo 6 2 6 -3 8
J. Boychuk 6 2 4 4 6
R. Strome 6 0 6 3 6
N. Leddy 6 3 1 3 4
F. Nielsen 6 0 4 2 4
M. Grabovski 4 2 1 3 3
J. Bailey 6 2 1 2 3
N. Kulemin 6 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Johnson 1 0 0 .897 2.25
J. Halak 3 2 0 .893 3.38

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