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Friday, 01.4.2008 / 8:05 PM ET / News
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READY FOR THE WEST

The Islanders embark on their longest stretch away from home, playing five games in nine days – Islanders at Colorado, TV: FSN NY 2, Radio: Bloomberg 1130

Bill Guerin
After playing in their 22nd home game of the year in 39 games to start the season, it was only time before the Islanders would see some significant time on the road.

Thanks to the rivalry-focused NHL schedule (changing next season), the Islanders have had to travel out of the Eastern Time Zone for only a handful of games since 2005-06. This season that number is a total of five games, four of which will be completed over the next two weeks. They begin their trip tomorrow, when they meet the Colorado Avalanche for the first time since December 17, 2005.

The Islanders also make stops in Edmonton (Jan. 7), Vancouver (Jan. 8), Calgary (Jan. 11) and Ottawa (Jan. 13) during their upcoming five-game road trip.

"Sometimes there is nothing like a good, old road trip," said head coach Ted Nolan. "The guys get a chance to go out and have dinner together and hang out with each other, especially since we have days off in between the games. I'm looking forward to the trip.

“This is prime time for hockey. Right after Christmas, the New Year begins and so does the stretch run for the playoffs. This is what it's all about and why we play."

The Islanders will try not to look back at last year's West Coast trip, which saw them go 1-3-0 to start the season.

"It was a different terrain last year," said Ted. "In Phoenix last year it was about 110 degrees. This trip will probably be minus-30. It's good to play some teams you haven't played before, especially in Western Canada. Going to places where it's snowing and twenty-below will bring us back to what we're all here for, and that's to play the game. I'm looking forward to the atmosphere in the arenas."

 
Click here for a game preview of the Colorado-Islanders contest held at the Pepsi Center.



ALL ABOARD

Injured defensemen Radek Martinek and Aaron Johnson will make the West Coast trip with the team.

"Radek really wants to play, but we have to make sure that he's good before he goes back in," said Ted. "Aaron has made some good recovery, so he'll come on the road trip with us. But before he plays with us, he might do some conditioning with Bridgeport. But he's getting close."

 
 

FSN NY'S HALLS OF FAME SHOW FEATURES BOSSY

The Fran Healy-hosted show Halls of Fame on FSN NY will feature the legendary Islanders forward Mike Bossy beginning on 8:30 pm. This well-respected show features an interview between Healy and a distinguished athlete. The show also inserts archived footage and photos from the athlete's playing days.

You can also catch the Mike Bossy Halls of Fame on repeat at these times.

1/11/08 @  8:30pm

1/13/08 @  6:30pm

1/17/08 @  2:00pm

1/18/08 @  5:00pm

1/21/08 @ 1:00pm

 

TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD NIGHT

Set for January 19, Town of Hempstead Night is presented by The Herald and Covanta; Proceeds of ticket sales to January 19 contest against Philadelphia to support March of Dimes; Town residents receive up to 40% off tickets - with prices starting at $16


The New York Islanders are pleased to announce Town of Hempstead Night, presented by The Herald and Covanta, on Saturday, January 19 when the Islanders play host to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Residents of the Town of Hempstead receive up to 40% off tickets, with prices starting at just $16. January 19 is a night dedicated to honoring the Town of Hempstead, but also a night for all Islanders fans.

The Islanders will donate a portion of the proceeds to the game's ticket sales to the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birth weight.

Town supervisor Kate Murray will drop the ceremonial first puck.

Don't miss another exciting game at the Nassau Coliseum, when the Islanders honor the Town of Hempstead.

To purchase special discounted Town of Hempstead Night tickets, please call 1.800.882.ISLES ext. 3, e-mail the group sales department at groupsales@newyorkislanders.com or bring your proof of residency to the Nassau Coliseum Box Office.

 

 

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