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RINK REPORT

Saturday, 03.17.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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