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Saturday, 02.17.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (28-22-8) vs. New Jersey (35-17-6)

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: MSG | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The post-season picture isn't becoming any clearer as the Islanders try to continue to climb the playoff ladder tonight against the New Jersey Devils at the Nassau Coliseum.

With their 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, the Islanders have jumped into the playoff mix. They sit in the eighth spot with 64 points along with Montreal and Toronto. Seventh-place Carolina is just ahead with 65 points.

There are at least two games besides the Islanders whose results you'll be interested in seeing tonight. Edmonton takes on Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, while Carolina travels to Montreal to take on the Canadiens.

The latest Islanders game was a microcosm of their recent successful stretch that has seen them earn points in 11 of 12 games. Going into the third period, the teams were deadlocked, but again the Islanders proved their resilience in the third period and scored three unanswered goals to secure the win. Mike Sillinger, who earlier in the game took over the team lead in assists, broke the tie 10:56 into the final frame. Randy Robitaille added a couple of insurance goals, including an empty-netter.

Rick DiPietro was once again stellar in goal stopping 24 of 25 shots. The Islanders are now 7-1-4 in their last 12 games.

It's game two of the Islanders' seven-game home stand when they play the Devils for the second time in just over a week. The last time these two teams met, the Devils came away with a 2-0 win at the Continental Airlines Arena.

Since their victory over the Islanders, New Jersey has gone 1-2-0, losing games to Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, while helping the Islanders by defeating Montreal. Their most recent game was a 5-4 loss to Sidney Crosby's Penguins last night. Crosby earned a goal and an assist, but it was unlikely hero, Jarkko Ruutu that netted two goals, including the game-winner.

The Devils were without two key players last game -- defenseman Colin White (upper body) and leading goal scorer Brian Gionta (groin).

After two sub-par performances in the last three games, the big question is will Martin Brodeur start his 29th game in a row. Brodeur is second in the lead with a 2.08 goals against average, third in save percentage with a .924 and first with ten shutouts.

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.

For those of you not in the New York area, you can catch King and Mears' Bloomberg Radio simulcast on XM Satellite Radio, channel 209.


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
- 64 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
New Jersey - 76 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 27 goals and 50 points; Mike Sillinger, 26 assists; Brendan Witt, 105 PIM
New Jersey Brian Gionta, 24 goals; Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias, 35 assists; Elias, 54 points; Cam Janssen, 70 PIM

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 15.6 percent. Penalty killing: 80.7 percent
New Jersey - Power play: 18.2 percent. Penalty killing: 84.6 percent

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (24-17-5, 2.61 GAA, .917 SV%); Mike Dunham (4-5-3, 2.90, .911)
New Jersey Martin Brodeur (35-16-5, 2.13, .924); Scott Clemmensen (0-1-1, 3.60, .878)

2006-07 SEASON SERIES:
Islanders 3 pts; New Jersey 8 pts

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Islanders
14-9-4 at home
New Jersey 14-11-2 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
2   David Hale
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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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