SMYTH'S EMOTIONAL DAY

Wednesday, 02.28.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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SMYTH\'S EMOTIONAL DAY
Islanders' new all-star acquisition arrives tonight, will join team for Thursday's morning skate

For hockey fans in both countries, it will likely evoke memories of the day Wayne Gretzky traveled from Edmonton to Los Angeles.

Ryan Smyth, class act that he is, made the decision not to speak publicly yesterday about his trade to the Islanders for understandable reasons. The Oilers were retiring Mark Messier's number last night, and Smyth wanted to limit distractions.

So before boarding a plan for New York this morning, Smyth will hold a farewell press conference before what is expected to be a huge gathering of reporters at Edmonton International Airport. Check tsn.ca and the other major Canadian sports websites for coverage of what should be an emotional scene.

With the time difference, Smyth's plane will not land in New York until tonight. Canadian reporters who jumped on airplanes within moments of the announcement of the trade making it to the Coliseum in time to see Trent Hunter's overtime goal were a bit disappointed to learn they will not get a shot of Smyth at practice today.

After a proper night's sleep on Long Island tonight, Smyth will step on the ice of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at approximately 10:30 am on Thursday. About an hour later, Ryan Smyth will be formally introduced as a member of the New York Islanders.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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