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TODAY: ISLANDERS CELEBRATE KIDS' OPENER

Monday, 10.08.2007 / 2:00 PM

New York Islanders


Islanders vs. Washington – 2 pm, TV: FSN NY, Radio 1440 WNYG

The Islanders look to go 3-0 for the first time since 2001, today at 2 pm when they take on the Washington Capitals at the Nassau Coliseum.

With children off from school thanks to Columbus Day, it's bound to be an exciting day for the whole family as the Islanders host Kids' Opening Day. Following a fun-filled day outside at the Family Fan Fest, the Islanders will try to cool off the Capitals, who have a matching record of 2-0-0.

The Islanders secured their second victory in two nights against the Buffalo Sabres, with another come-from-behind win on Saturday evening.

Trailing 1-0 after one period of play, defenseman Chris Campoli scored his second goal of the season off a slapshot early in the second period to even the score.

Mike Comrie
In the third period, the Islanders were out-shot 17-6, but made the most of their chances. Mike Comrie scored two goals in the period, including the game-winner on a wrist shot from the slot at 8:29 of the period. Guerin and Fedotenko each assisted on both of Comrie's goals.

The line of Guerin, Comrie and Fedotenko has now totaled 16 points in the first two games. Comrie is tied for the league lead with four goals and tied for second with six points. Guerin is tied for the league lead in assists with five, having set up all four of Comrie's goals. Left wing Fedotenko has compiled a goal and four assists.

Rick DiPietro picked up his second win of the season, stopping 30 shots, including 16 of the 17 in the third period. He has also been the Islanders' best penalty killer, allowing only one goal on 11 Buffalo chances in the first two games.

It may be early, but history is on the Islanders' side. With the two wins, the 2007-08 Islanders became the fifth team in franchise history to start the season off 2-0-0. In the four previous 2-0-0 seasons, the team reached the postseason, including Stanley Cup glory in 1981. 

After recent postseason absence, the Capitals have turned things around to the start the season. In two games, they've allowed only one goal, with Olaf Kolzig and Brent Johnson splitting the back-to-back games.

The Capitals opened the season knocking off Atlanta 3-1, and then defeated Carolina on Saturday by the score of 2-0. Washington has yet to allow a power play goal in eight shorthanded opportunities.

Four players, including Alex Ovechkin and former Islander Viktor Kozlov lead the team with two points. Rookie center Nicklas Backstrom paces the team with two assists. Another former Islander in the mix is Tom Poti, who has yet to register a point. Michael Nylander also joined the revamped Capitals, after skating the Rangers the past two seasons.


Reminder: Chris King and Steve Mears will have the call on 1440 WNYG, while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen today on FSN NY.


Check out the Islanders TV Game Day tab for complete coverage of today's game.




BELOW ARE THE CHANNEL LISTINGS FOR FSN NY ON LONG ISLAND.

CABLEVISION
FSN NY: 72

DirecTV
FSN NY: 624

DISH NETWORK
FSN NY: 413

HDTV:
FSN NY: 725

VERIZON FiOS:
FSN NY: 69


GAME NOTES

WELCOME TO THE ISLAND: The New York Islanders had a very busy summer, using the free agent market to bolster the club. Through free agency, the Islanders were able to re-tool their roster with six key free-agent signings. The six new players have seen action in a combined 2,995 NHL games, led by Bill Guerin's 1,026 games.

Mike Comrie  -  Phoenix/Ottawa  -  20G-25A-45Pts.-386 NHL Games
Ruslan Fedotenko - Tampa Bay - 12G-20A-32Pts.- 465 NHL Games
Bill Guerin - St. Louis/San Jose - 36G-20A-56Pts.- 1,026 NHL Games
Jon Sim - Atlanta - 17G-12A-29Pts. - 307 NHL Games
Andy Sutton - Atlanta - 2G-14A-16Pts.- 432 NHL Games
Josef Vasicek - Nashville/Carolina - 6G-16A-22Pts. - 379 NHL Games

A NEW LEADER: The Islanders opened camp with a new on-ice leader this year. Bill Guerin was signed as a free agent on July 5 and was named the team's captain at a July 9 introductory press conference. Guerin became the franchise's 11th captain in the team's 35-year history. In 16 NHL seasons, Guerin has played with six different teams, compiling 719 points in 1,026 games.

ISLANDERS CAMP: The Islanders continued their tradition of holding training camp away from Long Island this season, electing to hold camp in Moncton, NB. The team spent 10 days north of the border and for the second consecutive season held a handful of preseason games in neutral site arenas in Canada.

A SOLID SHOWING: While only seeing action in three of the nine preseason games, the Islanders top line made up of three newcomers - Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie and Ruslan Fedotenko – led the team to a perfect 3-0 mark, while tallying a combined 14 points (Guerin 2 G, 3A; Comrie 3G, 3A; Fedotenko 1G, 2A).

NINE GAMES IN 13 DAYS: The Islanders had nine preseason games on their slate and were one of only two teams in the NHL to play a nine-game preseason schedule (Detroit). The Islanders closed out the nine games with a record of 3-4-2, including a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden on Sunday.

LEAGUE OF NATIONS: The Islanders start the 2007-08 season with a roster that sports representatives from six different countries (two goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards). These include: Canada (13), Czech Republic (2), Finland (1), Korea (1), Slovakia (1), Ukraine (1) and United States (6).

MILESTONE WATCH:
  • Jon Sim is two points away from 100 in his NHL career (52-45-97 in 307 games)
  • Mike Sillinger is eight games away from 1,000 in his NHL career (224-297-521 in 991 games).


STATS

TEAM LEADERS
Islanders – Mike Comrie, 4 goals, 6 points, 6 PIM; Bill Guerin, 5 assists
Washington – 5 tied, 1 goal; Nicklas Backstrom, 2 assists; 5 tied, 2 points; 3 tied, 4 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders - Power play: 50%; Penalty killing: 88.9%
Washington - Power play: 18.2%; Penalty killing: 100%

GOALTENDERS:
IslandersRick DiPietro (2-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .897 SV%); Wade Dubielewicz (0-0-0, 0.00, .000)
Washington – Olaf Kolzig (1-0-0, 0.00, 1.000); Brent Johnson (1-0-0, 1.00, .966)


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
34 Wade Dubielewicz
39 Rick DiPietro   

Defensemen
2   Aaron Johnson
8   Bruno Gervais     
14 Chris Campoli   
24 Radek Martinek   
26 Andy Sutton
32 Brendan Witt "A"
44 Freddy Meyer   
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

Forwards       
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park
11 Andy Hilbert
13 Bill Guerin "C"
15 Jeff Tambellini
16 Jon Sim
18 Mike Sillinger "A"
20 Sean Bergenheim
26 Ruslan Fedotenko   
27 Darryl Bootland
63 Josef Vasicek
81 Miroslav Satan
89 Mike Comrie


WASHINGTON
Goaltenders
1   Brent Johnson
37 Olie Kolzig

Defensemen
2   Brian Pothier
3   Tom Poti
4   John Erskine
23 Milan Jurcina
26 Shaone Morrisonn
44 Steve Eminger
52 Mike Green
55 Jeff Schultz

Forwards
8   Alex Ovechkin
10 Matt Bradley
15 Boyd Gordon
16 Brian Sutherby
17 Chris Clark  "C"
18 Matt Pettinger
19 Nicklas Backstrom
21 Brooks Laich
25 Viktor Kozlov
28 Alexander Semin
39 David Steckel
43 Tomas Fleischmann
87 Donald Brashear
92 Michael Nylander
2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 20 '08NYI 3 at WSH 2 - SOM. Comrie
Dec 22 '07WSH 2 at NYI 3 - OTR. Park
Oct 18 '07NYI 5 at WSH 2B. Berard
Oct 08 '07WSH 2 at NYI 1B. Laich
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GoalieGPMinRec.GASAGAASv%
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