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The Skinny - Opening Night: Islanders vs. Devils 1/19/13

Islanders open 41st season in team history at home Saturday against New Jersey

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny - Opening Night: Islanders vs. Devils 1\/19\/13
Islanders open 41st season in team history at home Saturday against New Jersey

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19TH NEW JERSEY AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM

[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM]

The Islanders begin their 41st NHL season when they welcome the Devils to the Coliseum on Saturday. It's the first of five meetings this season with New Jersey. The Devils won last season's series 4 games to 2, as the Islanders were held to only 7 goals in the season series.

The Isles are opening at home for the fourth straight season -- the only time in club history that they have opened at home in consecutive years. The Isles are 24-11-4 in 39 previous home openers and 9-20-10 on Opening Night overall. The Devils (franchise) is 19-10-8 in openers, but only 7-8-2 when they opened on the road.

Both the Isles and Devils were shutout last season on Opening Night. Florida blanked the Isles at the Coliseum, while Philadelphia shutout the Devils 3-0 in New Jersey.

Other Opening Night Facts you might not know:

* This is the 26th 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 34 of their 40 seasons.

* This is the 8th time in club history that the Isles have opened at home (1972, 1980, January 1995, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011 and January 2013). The Isles are 2-3-2 when they play the season opener at home.

* This is the 4th time that the Isles have opened the season against the Devils, but the first time they have done so at home. New Jersey won season openings games in 1984 and 1992 at the Meadowlands and in 2008 at The Rock. The Isles also opened the 1975-76 season with a 1-1 tie in Kansas City (the Devils' original home).

* This is the 2nd time that the Isles will play a 48-game schedule. The Isles opened the lockout-shortened 1995 season on January 21 of that year, defeating the Panthers 2-1 behind two third period goals from Zigmund Palffy. That was also the last time the Isles won a season opener on home-ice.

* The Isles will be looking for their first win on Opening Night since 2007 (0-2-2); only Anaheim and Chicago (each winless since 2006) have longer streaks.

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

* The opener will be played one day after the 40th anniversary of the biggest win of the Isles' inaugural season. On January 18, 1973, the Isles defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Bruins 9-7 at Boston Garden (one of only two road wins that season).

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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