(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders kick-off their seven-game homestand when they take on the Boston Bruins tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.
It's only fitting that the Islanders begin their second seven-game homestand of the season the same way as the first, by taking on the Bruins. The Islanders hope this stretch of home games is at least as successful as their first seven-game homestand, which took place back in October.
The Islanders began their home schedule on October 14 and didn't leave Long Island until November. In that stretch, the Islanders compiled a record of 4-1-2 knocking off the Bruins, Carolina, Florida and Chicago in the process, while earning one point against Nashville and Pittsburgh.
After defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, the Islanders are only one win away from being tied with eighth-place Montreal. The Islanders received some help from New Jersey last night, which won their fourth game of the season against Montreal by defeating them 5-2.
The Islanders got within two of Montreal with a superb individual effort from Rick DiPietro against the Leafs. DiPietro stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, including 20 in the third and overtime periods. After a scoreless overtime, the Islanders won in a shootout when rookie Frans Nielsen and Viktor Kozlov converted. DiPietro stoned Nik Antropov to preserve the 3-2 win.
Mike Sillinger moved into a tie with Alexei Yashin for the team lead in assists when he set-up Trent Hunter's 15th goal of the season. They both have 25 assists on the season, but Yashin has played 15 fewer games. Also in the game, Miroslav Satan notched his 20th goal of the season the ninth consecutive season he's eclipsed the 20-goal mark.
The Islanders face a Bruins team they most recently played on Saturday. Boston got the best of the Islanders in a shootout, 4-3. The Bruins followed up their shootout win with a 3-0 shutout against Edmonton last night. Tim Thomas stopped all 32 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season. Due to the winter storm that pummeled the East Coast, the Bruins were forced to fly in this morning.
Only an hour following Saturday's game, the Bruins made a trade with Calgary, acquiring forward Chuck Kobasew and defenseman Andrew Ference for forward Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart.
Kobasew, 24, had four goals and 13 assists in 40 games with Calgary, while Ference, 27, compiled 12 points along with 66 penalty minutes in 54 games with Calgary.
Boston's leading goal scorer Glen Murray missed his second consecutive game last night with a groin injury. To make matters worse for Boston, their second leading scorer, Patrice Bergeron, left the game last night in the third period with a lower body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
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.
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ISLE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Islanders partner with the Stephan Siller Foundation The Islanders are proud to announce their support to The Stephen Siller Foundation, formed in honor of firefighter, Stephen, who took his final heroic steps as he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center to help save others on September 11, 2001.
For the Islanders game against the New Jersey Devils on February 17th, fans can buy tickets through the Foundation to help raise funds for your local Burn Center. All net proceeds will be donated to the New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Burn Center Foundations. Special seats have been reserved for the February 17th game that will be sold for a discounted price to help benefit the Burn Centers. For more information, please logon to the Islanders website.
CAREER NHL MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Brendan Witt is a game away from 700.
- Brendan Witt is two points away from 100.
- Jason Blake is a goal away from tying his career-high of 28.
- Shawn Bates is two points away from 200.
- Viktor Kozlov is two goals away from tying his career-high of 22.
- Chris Simon in three points away from 300.
ISLANDERS IN FEBRUARY
The Islanders play a total of 13 games in February, seven at home and six on the road. The team has completed the road portion of their schedule for this month and went 3-1-2. They now play the first six games of a seven game homestand to wrap up the month. So far this month, the Islanders are 3-1-2.
Islanders 62 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Boston - 56 points, 5th place, Northeast Division
Islanders Jason Blake, 27 goals, 48 points; Alexei Yashin and Mike Sillinger, 25 assists; Brendan Witt, 105 PIM
Boston Glen Murray, 26 goals; Marc Savard, 52 assists, 70 points; Andrew Alberts, 105 PIM
Islanders - Power play: 15.8 percent. Penalty killing: 80.9 percent
Boston - Power play: 19.3 percent. Penalty killing: 82.0 percent
Islanders Rick DiPietro (23-17-5, 2.65 GAA, .916 SV%); Mike Dunham (4-5-3, 2.90, .911)
Boston Tim Thomas (23-17-3, 3.16, .905); Hannu Toivonen (3-7-1, 4.33, .869)
February 10, 2007 at TD Banknorth Garden: 4-3 Boston win in a shootout
Islanders 13-9-4 at home
Boston 10-13-2 on the road
1 Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro
3 Tom Poti
6 Sean Hill
8 Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
44 Freddy Meyer
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
30 Tim Thomas
54 Hannu Toivonen
21 Andrew Ference
23 Paul Mara
25 Jason York
33 Zdeno Chara
38 Bobby Allen
41 Andrew Alberts
45 Mark Stuart
10 Brandon Bochenski
11 P.J. Axelsson
12 Chuck Kobasew
13 Stanislav Chstov
16 Marco Sturm
17 Petr Tenkrat
18 Mark Mowers
22 Shean Donovan
26 Brad Boyes
27 Glen Murray
37 Patrice Bergeron
53 Jeremy Reich
81 Phil Kessel
91 Marc Savard