TEAM NOT FAZED BY DISTRACTIONS

Monday, 02.26.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 2 4 2 6
J. Bailey 7 2 3 1 5
N. Leddy 7 0 5 0 5
R. Strome 7 2 2 1 4
K. Okposo 7 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 7 2 1 1 3
B. Nelson 6 2 0 1 2
F. Nielsen 7 1 1 -1 2
N. Kulemin 7 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 4 1 .926 2.30
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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