RINK REPORT

Saturday, 03.17.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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RINK REPORT
Some notes from today's practice at the Bank Atlantic Center

DUNHAM'S SUNSHINE STATE SUCCESS
With Rick DiPietro still sidelined with soreness, Mike Dunham will start for the second game in a row. This will be Dunham's second start against the Panthers. In his first start on November 18th, Dunham stopped 43 of 44 shots in a 4-1 win.

"Dunham has had success in Florida," said Ted Nolan. "Ricky joked that maybe he likes the warm weather. But we have to give him a little bit more support tonight. Hopefully, we get better results."


HILL QUESTIONABLE FOR TONIGHT
Sean Hill was feeling better today, but he's still a game time decision. Bruno Gervais will miss tonight, but is getting close to returning, saying that his ankle feels good.


TEDDY'S TAKE ON THE DAY OFF
The team was originally scheduled to have practice yesterday, but after a late arriving flight to Florida, Ted Nolan decided to give the players a rest following a brief meeting in the morning.

"There are different ways to handle a team when they've had a loss," said Nolan." You can show them video or work them hard, but once in a while you need a mental break. We had a short meeting to talk about the situation we're in. We're in the final 12-game stretch. We went through the whole training camp together. There have been ups and downs, but now we're in the most critical and exciting part of the season. We should play that way. Sometimes it's good to get away from the rink and come back with a full force of energy to the rink."

Unlike most game-day skates that are optional, today's was mandatory after the team had the day off yesterday.


GOING FOR THE SWEEP
Islanders radio color analyst Chris King had a great nugget of information at the skate this morning that impressed everyone within earshot. After skating away with three wins against the Panthers so far this season, the Islanders are one win away from sweeping Florida in a season series for the first time. Florida has been in the league since 1993.


SAME LINES
Nolan indicated that he would go with the same lines from the Montreal game, which saw Ryan Smyth with Jason Blake and Alexei Yashin. Randy Robitaille will be back with Viktor Kozlov and Miroslav Satan. Andy Hilbert was taken off the line with Trent Hunter and Mike Sillinger for part of the Ottawa game, but look for him to get back on that line.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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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