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
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
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

STATS

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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