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Thursday, 03.15.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (34-25-10) at Ottawa (40-23-7)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY (ch.72) | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) After failing to hold a third-period lead against Montreal on Tuesday, the Islanders will try to rebound against a dangerous Ottawa Senators team tonight at the Scotiabank Place.

On Tuesday, the Islanders lost for the first time in regulation after taking a lead into the third period. Up 3-2, the Islanders allowed three third-period goals and lost 5-3, but remain in the seventh position in the Eastern Conference, tied with Carolina.

To make matters worse, Rick DiPietro left the game late in the first period after colliding with Steve Begin while diving for a loose puck. DiPietro is listed as day-to-day with a sore neck and is a game time decision to start tonight.

Mike Dunham replaced DiPietro and stopped 27 of 32 shots in his first time in net since February 1st.

Before things fell apart in the third period, the former Edmonton Oilers tandem of Ryan Smyth and Marc-Andre Bergeron, as well as, Alexei Yashin helped stake the Islanders to a 3-2 lead. Yashin blasted a slapshot in the first period for his 14th goal of the season -- his first since January 15th, while Smyth and Bergeron each tallied a goal and an assist.

Following the Montreal game, the Islanders traveled just over 120 miles westward to the city of Ottawa to take on another formidable opponent, the Senators.

Ottawa has had an up-and-down season, but have played well enough to rise to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Senators have earned points in their previous five games, including a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Rangers on Tuesday. After falling behind 2-0, the Senators rattled off three unanswered goals to defeat the Blueshirts in regulation.

The last time these teams met on December 27th, the Senators ranked last in the Northeast Division standings, but their offense has come alive in the second half of the season. They now rank third in the East in goals for, behind Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Dany Heatley is on pace to reach 100 points for the second year in a row, having amassed 90 in 70 games. Captain Daniel Alfredsson (75 points) and Jason Spezza (73) rank second and third on the team.

The goaltending controversy in Ottawa has also ironed itself out. Ray Emery began the year as the backup, but has since taken over the starting position. With 28 wins, he is well on his way to reaching the 30-win plateau in only his second full season in the NHL.

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.


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
78 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Ottawa - 87 points, 2nd place, Northeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 35 goals, 61 points; Mike Sillinger, 29 assists; Brendan Witt, 117 PIM.
Ottawa Dany Heatley, 42 goals, 90 points; Daniel Alfredsson, 50 assists; Chris Neil, 148 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.4 percent. Penalty killing: 81.2 percent
Ottawa - Power play: 18.8 percent. Penalty killing: 84.9 percent

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (30-19-7, 2.59 GAA, .918 SV%); Mike Dunham (4-6-3, 3.11, .906); Wade Dubielewicz (0-0-0, 0.00, .000)
Ottawa Ray Emery (28-14-4, 2.50, .919); Martin Gerber (12-9-3, 2.88, .903)

2006-07 SERIES:
Ottawa 2-0-0

LAST MEETING:
December 27, 2006 at Scotiabank Place: 2-0 Ottawa win

HOME/ROAD RECORDS:
Ottawa 22-11-3 at home
Islanders 15-14-5 on the road


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti
6   Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
44 Freddy Meyer
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
18 Mike Sillinger
20 Richard Zednik
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan
94 Ryan Smyth


OTTAWA
Goaltenders
1   Ray Emery 
29 Martin Gerber

Defensemen
4   Chris Phillips
5   Christoph Schubert  
6   Wade Redden  
7   Joe Corvo 
14 Andrej Meszaros 
24 Anton Volchenkov
42 Tom Preissing 

Forwards
11 Daniel Alfredsson  
12 Mike Fisher
15 Dany Heatley
16 Brian McGrattan
19 Jason Spezza
20 Antoine Vermette
22 Chris Kelly
25 Chris Neil
27 Peter Schaefer
37 Dean McAmmond
44 Patrick Eaves
61 Oleg Saprykin
89 Mike Comrie

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 20 14 5 1 55 51 29
2 TBL 20 13 5 2 73 54 28
3 PIT 17 13 3 1 64 35 27
4 NYI 18 12 6 0 59 52 24
5 BOS 20 12 8 0 53 49 24
6 DET 18 9 4 5 50 42 23
7 OTT 17 8 5 4 47 45 20
8 TOR 19 9 8 2 58 60 20
9 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
10 WSH 18 8 7 3 52 50 19
11 NJD 19 8 9 2 47 56 18
12 FLA 16 6 5 5 35 42 17
13 PHI 17 7 8 2 51 55 16
14 CAR 18 6 9 3 43 55 15
15 CBJ 18 6 11 1 44 64 13
16 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 18 9 9 5 18
J. Tavares 18 7 11 -2 18
K. Okposo 18 5 13 0 18
F. Nielsen 18 5 7 5 12
R. Strome 18 3 9 6 12
J. Boychuk 17 2 10 5 12
M. Grabovski 15 4 5 5 9
N. Kulemin 18 3 6 2 9
N. Leddy 18 4 4 7 8
J. Bailey 10 3 3 3 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 8 4 0 .914 2.54
C. Johnson 4 2 0 .878 3.27

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