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THIS WEEK ON THE ISLE

Eric Hornick gives us the skinny on the Isles

Thursday, 10.7.2010 / 5:29 PM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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THIS WEEK ON THE ISLE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH ­ DALLAS AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm)]
 
The Islanders begin their 38th National Hockey League season when they welcome the Stars to the Coliseum on Saturday.

It's the only meeting of the season with Dallas, who won last season's meeting 4-3 at the American Airlines Center. The Stars have won the last  three meetings between the squads, dating back to a Rick DiPietro shutout in Dallas on November 15, 2006 that featured the debut of Dancin' Stan Hunter (Trent's dad).
 
The Isles are opening at home for the second straight season. It's the first time in club history that has happened. It's also the first game of a  two-game homestand, marking the first time since the 1995 lockout season that the Isles have opened with consecutive home games.
 
The Isles are 24-10-3 in 37 previous home openers and 9-19-9 on Opening Night overall. The Stars open their season on Friday night in New Jersey, when they will play the first game in the post- Mike Modano era. Modano, now with the Red Wings, is the franchise all-time leader in every major offensive category and has recorded more goals and points than any other American-born player.

Opening Night Facts you might not know:

* This is the 24th consecutive home opener to be played on a weekend (all but in 1999 on a Saturday). The last mid-week home opener was in 1986 vs. Washington. The Isles have had a Saturday home opener in 32 of their 38 seasons.

* This is the 6th time in club history that the Isles have opened at home (1972, 1980, January 1995, 1998, 2009 and 2010). The Isles are 2-2-1 when they play the season opener at home.

* The Isles have never opened against Dallas, but they opened the 1989-90 season with a 6-5 defeat in Minnesota against the North Stars. Modano made his NHL debut that evening, scoring a goal and adding an assist to help spoil Glenn Healy's Islander debut.

* This is the 9th time that the Isles have opened at season on October 9th, but the first since 2003.

* This is the 2nd time that the Isles will finish a season series on Opening Night, having also done so in 2006 when they opened in Phoenix.

* Get your tickets early. The Isles have sold out the home opener eight times in the last nine years.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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