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TEAM NOT FAZED BY DISTRACTIONS

Monday, 02.26.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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TEAM NOT FAZED BY DISTRACTIONS
Islanders stay focused in midst of swirling trade rumors

You couldn't tell from the atmosphere in the locker room that it was the eve of a day that none of the players have control over the trade deadline. Like it's been since the All-Star break, the practice was upbeat and the players all smiles. Why not, considering the Islanders are currently on a three-game winning streak and have only lost two games in regulation since January 16th.

When asked about his take on the trade deadline distracting the team, Mike Sillinger, who has been part of a number of deals during this time of the season, responded:

"It's our job as professional athletes to worry about what we can control and that's our on-ice performance. Tomorrow is going to come and go. Management is going to do what's best for the team. They're aware that any moves could disturb the chemistry of the team, but if they can better the team, they will."

While the players try to put the trade deadline in the back of their minds, they can think about the success the team is having. After a 4-1 start on their seven-game home stand, the Islanders have accumulated 70 points in 62 games and moved into an eighth-place tie with Montreal, a team on which they have two games in hand. Not too far ahead is seventh-place Carolina with 71 points and Atlanta with 72. The Islanders also have two games in hand on both the Hurricanes and Thrashers.

"It's an important time of the year," said Sillinger." And it's the best we've been playing all year. The feeling is good in the locker room, since we're in the playoff mix. We have a long home stand and we're finding a way to win the one-goal games. Like I've been saying from the beginning of the season, everyone is contributing. Last game, the fourth line stepped up. Every night there is someone different. That's what good teams do, they find ways to win. Ricky has given us a chance to win every game. Everyone is playing their role and contributing in their own way."

Not only have the players been contributing, but so have the fans, whose support has been growing all season. The players are aware of the larger crowds and have been feeding off the energy.

"It's noticeably louder in the building recently," said Freddy Meyer. "It helps when you're in an intense situation and you hear the crowd cheering you on. It has been appreciative. Hopefully, during this stretch-run more and more come out to support us. It means a lot to us, as players, to have the fans come out."

The next opportunity for fans to show their support is tomorrow against the division-rival Philadelphia Flyers. Don't be fooled by the Flyers' position in the standings, they are still a dangerous team with the likes of Simon Gagne. Head Coach Ted Nolan is certainly not taking anyone lightly, including the Flyers.

"They're going to come out hard, especially considering they're a young team," said Nolan. "We have to make sure we match their work ethic. We'll be ready for them."

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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