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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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