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AN IDENTITY FORMED

Tuesday, 11.13.2007 / 3:51 PM / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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AN IDENTITY FORMED

Only 14 games into the season, Nolan likes what he sees from his team


A YEAR LATER, A YEAR CLOSER

With a record of 9-5-0, the Islanders have the fifth-highest winning percentage in the Eastern Conference. A year ago, the team sat at 6-6-2 heading into their 15th game. It's no surprise the Islanders are ahead of where they were last year. For head Coach Ted Nolan, it's all about the comfort level between himself and the players.

"Last year the players didn't know me and I didn't know the players," said Ted. "We didn't know each other. We probably started building that trust halfway through the year. We built upon that at the start of this year with the strong leadership of Sillinger, Witt, Park and all the guys from last year. With new guys we brought in this year, the adjustment has been much quicker."

Just roaming the locker room, it's tough to find so-called cliques. There are veterans talking to rookies, Americans talking to Czechs, and so on.

"We're happy with where we are now," said Nolan. "Guys are getting better and everyone is feeling more comfortable around with one another. We're on the right track to where we want to be."



BERARD'S STATUS

The Islanders are ranked tied for sixth in the league in power play rate of 22.2%. But the loss of Bryan Berard has been evident. With Berard in the lineup, the Islanders have a power play rate of 25.9%. Since his injury, the Islanders have gone 4-of-26 (15.4%) on the man-advantage.

Berard has been skating with the team the past week or so, and looks to be close to returning.

"I haven't check with the medical staff, but he looked good in practice," said Nolan. "We'll see how he is after practice. You get to the point where it's day-to-day, and hopefully he'll be back soon."

When asked if he was running practice with the assumption Berard would be in Thursday, Nolan replied: "Yes. We like to do that especially once the player starts skating in practice full out. We like to put them in the situation they would play in. We'll see how Bryan feels tomorrow."



GUERIN NOT SKATING

After being hit with the puck above the eye in Saturday's 3-2 win over New Jersey, captain Bill Guerin was diagnosed with a bone bruise and missed Monday's contest against the Flyers. He did not skate at today's practice.

"He's still off the ice until he checks with the doctor," said Nolan. "He's making great progress and we're optimistic that he will be ready the next game."



THE ALL-AROUND PLAYER

Richard Park has played in nearly every situation this year. He's been on the fourth line, recently spent time on a scoring line with Miroslav Satan and Josef Vasicek, played dozens of minutes on the penalty kill and has seen some time on the power play.

What has all this extra time amounted to? A five-game assist streak, including a nifty set-up on Mike Sillinger's goal in Monday's game against Philadelphia. His +2 rating is tied for second best on the team.

"Richard is one of those versatile players that everyone would love to have, and we're lucky enough to have him," said Ted. "He can go from the so-called 4th line or if someone is missing, like Billy Guerin, he can fill in on the top line and do the same job. He's one of those great team guys everyone loves to have."



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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 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
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 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
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 63 19 39 5 123 212 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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