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Tuesday, 01.01.2008 / 4:44 PM / News
By Chris Botta
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S.I. HAILS DP

Magazine forecasts Rick's emergence as one of the top 3 goaltenders in the NHL
 
Rick DiPietro
In the year-end issue of Sports Illustrated, Hockey Hall of Fame writer Michael Farber uses one of his 2008 forecasts to predict continued greatness for Islanders star goaltender and United States Olympic goalie Rick DiPietro.
 
Writes Farber: "The Islanders' Rick DiPietro, 26, will be among the NHL's top three goalies by the end of the year. His poise and maturity have finally caught up to his seemingly limitless talent."
 
The national recognition is well-deserved. This season DiPietro is 16-13-2 with a 2.47 goals against average and .910 save percentage. But that doesn't even come close to telling the story of what DiPietro means to the Islanders. Beyond his exceptional puck-stopping skills, his ability to play the puck makes the Islanders a significantly better team in their own end. And make no mistake that along with captains Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger and Brendan Witt, the former first overall pick in 2000 is one of the leaders of this team. DiPietro should be chosen as the Islanders' representative at this year's All-Star Game
 
The Islanders face the Florida Panthers on Thursday at 7:05 pm at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ted Nolan stated on Sunday that DiPietro was likely to return to the lineup to play the Panthers. For the official word on DiPietro's status, check newyorkislanders.com on Wednesday. 

 
 
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LOUDVILLE OPEN THURSDAY!
LI Students: Ring in the New Year with the Islanders for just $10
 
College students home on Long Island for the holiday break will want to be part of Loudville on Thursday when the Islanders host the Florida Panthers at the Coliseum at 7:05 pm.
 
Loudville is the wildest cheering section of young fans in the National Hockey League. And best of all, seats can be purchased for just $10 each.



 
LOUDVILLE tickets go on sale Thursday beginning at 6:00 pm. There are a limited number of seats available per game, so arrive early to secure a seat. Remember to bring your Student ID! There is a limit of one $10 LOUDVILLE ticket per ID. Once you get to the LOUDVILLE section, do your part to help lead the crowd in giving the Islanders the best home-ice advantage in the NHL!
 
This is the last Islanders home game for two weeks and the last home game of the holiday break!



 
 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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