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.
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.
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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).
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).
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: Islanders – Rick 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)
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