JAFFE'S MORNING SKATE

Saturday, 03.17.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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JAFFE\'S MORNING SKATE
Catch the Islanders on FSN NY Tonight, Islanders at Florida: pre-game starts @ 7:00 pm

By Billy Jaffe

Here's my look at the keys to tonight's game, which can be seen on FSN NY at 7:30. Pre-game show starts at 7:00 pm.

 
1. Better positioning
With the team struggling, the players have been trying to do too much. They're starting to get out of position. Defensemen are stepping up when they should be staying back. They're chasing when they need to stay in their spots. The Islanders need to go back to the basics of positioning. That is the most important thing for this game.

2. Top guns need to step up
The Islanders' best players have to be their best players. The top players have to get it done. The Islanders have been in a bit of a funk recently, and the team needs their scorers to get the offense going.

3. Limit second chances
The Panthers like to shoot the puck, so the Islanders need to limit the second and third chances on goal. Florida hasn't done a good job of getting to the front of the net. They take a lot of shots, but haven™t scored much.

4. Watch out for Gelinas, Weiss and Horton
Martin Gelinas is the speedy, grind-it-out guy. Stephen Weiss is the shifty player, and Nathan Horton is the power forward with the heavy shot. The Islanders have to keep that line in check.


Catch Jaffe, Howie Rose and Deb Kaufman at 7:00 pm tonight on FSN NY for the Islanders pre-game show. You can watch the Islanders games on FSN NY and MSG Network all season long. Islanders telecasts are produced by Kevin Meininger and directed by Larry Roth.

 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
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12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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