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MAKING A KILLING

Monday, 01.07.2008 / 11:45 AM / News
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MAKING A KILLING

The Islanders' consistent penalty killing unit visits Edmonton tonight at 9 pm – Islanders (20-16-4) at Edmonton (18-21-4), TV: FSN NY, Radio: Bloomberg 1130

For the first time since March 13, 2003, the Islanders will travel westward to Edmonton, Alberta, when they take on the Oilers, tonight at 9 pm ET. This is the second game of the Islanders' five-game road trip that sees them visit five Canadian cities in nine days. The Islanders look to continue to rack up the points tonight, having earned points in seven of their last eight games (6-1-2).

On Saturday in Denver, the Islanders excellent penalty kill negated all four Colorado Avalanche power plays. The John Chabot-run man-down unit currently ranks sixth in the NHL with an 85.9 percent success rate. At home, the Islanders penalty kills ranks fourth in the NHL at 87.2.

In the team's last ten games, the Islanders have only allowed four power play goals in 43 opportunities. That's good for a 93.0 success rate.

Rankings Breakdown:

PP Goals Allowed Times Shorthanded Percent
Total 27 191 85.9
Home 13 102 87.2
Road 14 89 84.3


Four Islanders will be making their return to Edmonton having played for the Oilers at one time in their career. Bill Guerin (1998-2001), Mike Comrie (2001-03), Miroslav Satan (1996-97) and Marc-Andre Bergeron (2003-04, 06-07) all skated for Edmonton's Orange and Blue. Satan, Bergeron and Comrie all began their careers with Edmonton

While Rick DiPietro may not have ever played for Edmonton, he has a good history playing against the Oilers. In three contests against the Western foe, DiPietro has gone 3-0-0 with a 1.55 GAA. His first NHL win came in Edmonton in a 4-2 decision on February 16, 2001.


WHO'S HOT
  • Marc-Andre Bergeron has recorded three power play goals and an assist since being inserted back into the lineup over the past four games.
  • Richard Park has tallied one goal and seven assists over his last seven games.
  • Bill Guerin has recorded six goals over his last seven games.

ISLANDERS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
  • Brendan Witt is eighth in the NHL with 99 blocked shots and is 15th with 101 hits.
  • Mike Sillinger is tied for 16th in the NHL with a 54.5 faceoff percentage.
  • Trent Hunter ranks second in the NHL with 140 hits.
  • Josef Vasicek is tied for ninth in the NHL in shooting percentage at 19.2% (10-for-52).

WESTERN ROAD TRIP

The Islanders are playing their second game tonight of a five-game, 11-day road trip. The Islanders fell to the Colorado Avalanche in overtime on Saturday night to start the trip. After tonight's game in Edmonton the Islanders will visit Vancouver (January 8 – 10:00 pm), Calgary (January 11 – 9:00 pm) and Ottawa (January 13 – 7:00 pm) before returning home to face the Montreal Canadiens on January 15. In total, the Islanders will travel an estimated 7,300 miles total. In franchise history, the Islanders have gone on 31 road trips of five-or-more games. The Orange and Blue have gone .500 or better in 13 of those trips, including five of the last seven dating back to 2001-02.


Click here for a complete preview of tonight's Islanders-Oilers matchup.


Compiled by Jason Lockhart, Corey Witt and Adam Baruch

SCHEDULE

HOME
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 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 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
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 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 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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