As long as there have been Islanders-Rangers games, it has always been an issue battling a potential letdown after a game with their rivals. On Saturday, the question will loom even larger than usual. Can the Islanders stay on a high after not just one win against the Rangers, but after getting two on back-to-back nights?
It figures to be another excellent early-season test for the new Islanders. And if that wasn't enough, the Islanders will play a Montreal team that can flat-out fly.
œWe have to keep it going, said alternate captain Brad Lukowich. œWe're happy with the two wins against the Rangers after an awful loss in Philly, but now it's over and the focus is on the Canadiens.
The Islanders are 45-60-15-0 lifetime against the Montreal Canadiens. The Islanders are 30-24-6-0 against Montreal at the Nassau Coliseum and have a record of 15-36-9-0 in Montreal against the Canadiens. In 16 visits to the Bell Centre, the Islanders are 4-11-1 against the Canadiens. The Islanders, who lost both meetings to the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in 2003-04, are 1-4 in their last five visits to Montreal and are 3-7 in their last 10, including four shutouts. New York's last win in Montreal at the Bell Centre was a 6-3 win on March 20, 2003. The Islanders and Canadiens split the four meetings last season (2003-04), with both teams winning both games on home ice.
Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore has recorded four shutouts at the Bell Centre against the Islanders during his career. Theodore has shut out the Islanders on January 19, 2000 (3-0), January 10, 2002 (4-0), November 7, 2002 (3-0) and on October 23, 2003 (3-0). Theodore has a career record of 8-7-1 and 1.80 goals against average and four shutouts against the Islanders.
The Islanders are 2-2 on the road this season. They will play five of their next 10 games on the road and nine of their next 14 away from the Nassau Coliseum.
Center Alexei Yashin extended his point streak to five games with an assist in last night's 5-4 win over the New York Rangers. Yashin, who leads the team in scoring with seven points (3+4), has recorded six points (2+4) in the last five games and has a point in six of seven games this season.
RW Aaron Asham recorded his first shorthanded goal since he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens (1999-00 season) on Thursday against the Rangers. The goal was Asham's first of the season and the shorthanded tally was his first while as a member of the New York Islanders. He assisted on Miroslav Satan's first period goal and then added the shorthanded goal 1:47 into the second period to collect his first multiple-point game of the season. The assist was also his first point of the season. Asham was drafted by the Canadiens in the third round (71st overall) of the 1996 Entry Draft. He was traded to the Islanders with Montreal's fifth round choice (Marcus Paulsson) in the 2002 Entry Draft for Mariusz Czerkawski, June 22, 2002. Asham played in parts of four seasons with Montreal, recording 20 points (11+9) and 138 penalty minutes in 121 games with the Canadiens. He is the only player on the team to have ties to Montreal.
RW Mark Parrish recorded his first multiple-goal game of the season as he recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal in Thursday's 5-4 win over the New York Rangers. Parrish scored both goals while the Islanders were on the power play. The last time he scored two goals in a game was against the Montreal Canadiens on March 31, 2004. It was the first time in his career that he has recorded two power play goals in a game. Overall, Parrish has recorded five points (3+2) in seven games this season. He has a two-game point streak in progress with 2-1-3 totals and has registered a point in four of seven games.
For the second straight week, the Islanders scored three goals to start the game as they defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 on Thursday (October 20) at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders scored three goals on their first three shots of the game in a span of 2:47 against the Rangers. Last Thursday (October 13), the Islanders scored three goals in a span of 8:24 as they jumped to a 3-0 lead against the Capitals. The Islanders went on to defeat the Capitals, 5-3.
Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik has a three-game point streak and assist streak in progress with 0-4-4 totals. Zhitnik, who is second on the team in scoring with six points (1+5), has recorded a point in five of seven games this season. He recorded his 400rd career point with an assist on Alexei Yashin's first period power play on Wednesday against the Rangers. Signed by the Islanders as a free agent on August 2, Zhitnik has 82 goals and 320 assists in 890 career NHL games. In seven games this season, he has recorded a goal and four assists. Zhitnik has recorded four assists in the last five games. Zhitnik was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (81st overall) of the 1991 Entry Draft.
Right wing Miroslav Satan has a goal in each of the last two games. Satan has scored a goal in four of seven games this season. He is tied for third on the team in scoring with five points (4+1). Satan has recorded a point in five of seven games.
Left wing Mike York has a three-game point streak in progress with 1-2-3 totals. York has record a point in four of seven games this season. Overall, he has five points (1+4) in seven games.
October 20, 2005
New York Islanders 5, New York Rangers 4
Mark Parrish scored twice and Arron Asham had a short-handed goal and an assist as the Islanders beat the Rangers 5-4 at the Nassau Coliseum. Miroslav Satan and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders and Rick DiPietro made 26 saves in the win. Jaromir Jagr led the Rangers with three goals and Kevin Weekes made 16 saves in the loss. The Islanders jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opening 2:47 on their first three shots. Satan scored 89 seconds with a wrist shot that beat Weekes high. Alexei Yashin assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to five games. Just 26 seconds later, Blake made it 2-0 with another wrist shot. Parrish scored 52 seconds after that on the Islanders' first power play, tipping in a pass from Alexei Zhitnik. Jagr scored two goals late in the period to cut the lead to 3-2. He scored on a 5-on-3 advantage off a wrist shot with 57.7 seconds left, then notched his second goal with 2.1 seconds remaining by flipping a loose puck over DiPietro. In the second period, the Islanders increased their lead to 4-2 when Asham broke in alone on Weekes, was pulled down, but still managed to get the puck past him at 1:47. The Rangers answered back as Steve Rucinsky scored 44 seconds later on a backdoor play. The Islanders went up 5-3 on a power-play goal by Parrish 51 seconds into the third period. Jagr recorded his first hat trick as a Ranger with his 10th goal of the season to make it 5-4 with a power-play goal with 5:42 remaining.
Forward Shawn Bates is out of the lineup due to a hip injury and is day-to-day.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 7 games): 6 2003-04 Total Man-Games Lost (After 7 games): 0
October 3 - The Islanders assigned forward Sean Bergenheim to Bridgeport (AHL).
October 14 - The Islanders recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
October 17 - The Islanders reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.
IN OCTOBER: The Islanders play 11 games during October this season, five at home and six on the road. So far this month, the Islanders are 4-3-0-0, with four games remaining this month, three at home and three on the road. Last season, the Islanders were 4-3-2-0 during October.
PLAYING AT HOME: The Islanders are 2-1-0 at home this season, scoring nine goals and allowing eight. The Islanders opened up the home portion of their schedule with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on October 8, but dropped a 3-1 decision to the Florida Panthers on Oct. 10. The Islanders will play four of their next six games at home.
TOUGH TO BEAT AT HOME: The Islanders had a record of 25-11-4-1 at home during the 2003-04 season. The Islanders ranked first in the East and third in the NHL in home wins. The 25 wins and 55 points at home were the most in 19 years (1985-86 season). During the 2003-04 campaign, the Islanders had a nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3-0) in February marked the longest streak since the 1989-90 season.
PLAYING ON THE ROAD: The Islanders are 2-2-0 on the road this season, scoring 13 goals and allowing 16. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a 13-18-7-3 record on the road.
LEADING AFTER TWO: The Islanders are unbeaten in 55 games (47-0-8) when taking a lead into the third period. The streak is the longest active streak in the NHL. During the 2003-04 season, the Islanders were 26-0-5 when leading after two periods. The Islanders outscored their opponent, 87-61 in the third period in 2003-04. The streak began on December 28, 2002 with a 3-0 win vs. Carolina.
FIRST GOAL: The Islanders are 3-1 this season when scoring first and 1-2 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. Buffalo, Carolina and Philadelphia has scored first in games against the Islanders this season, while New York has scored first against Carolina, Washington and the Rangers (twice). In 2003-04, the Islanders had a record 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first. They were 27-6-5-1 when they scored the first goal of the game.
POWER PLAY: The Islanders were 2-7 on the power play last night versus the New York Rangers. The Islanders have scored a power play goal in six of seven games, including two each in the last two games against the New York Ramgers. Overall, the Islanders are 8-50 (16.0%) on the power play. In 2003-04, the Islanders recorded at least one power play goal in 38 of 82 games. They had a record of 27-9-3, including a mark of 16-4-1at home in games that they scored at least one power play goal.
PENALTY KILL: The Islanders killed off four of the Ranger's six power play chances on Thursday. The Islanders have killed off 26 of 31 (83.9%) in the last six games. Overall, the Islanders have killed off 50 of 58 (86.2%) power play attempts in seven games this season. The Islanders are ranked ninth in the league in penalty kill. The Islanders have recorded three shorthanded goals this season. Arron Asham scored a shorthanded goal in the Islanders' 5-4 win over the Rangers on Thursday. Earlier in the season, Shawn Bates scored the first short-handed goal of the season in the Isle's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday and Jason Blake scored a short handed tally in the Islander's 5-3 win over Washington on October 13.
SHOTS ON GOAL: The Islanders have been outshot, 246-207, through the first seven games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been out-shot in five of the seven games. They have a record of 2-2 in games when they have outshot the opponent. The Islanders have also allowed 40 or more shots in a game twice during the season, and have a record of 1-1.
BACK-TO-BACK: The Islanders complete their first set of back-to-back games with a sweep of the New York Rangers on Thursday at home. The Islanders are scheduled to play 10 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season, four fewer than they had in 2003-04. The Islanders played 14 back-to-back sets in 2003-04, posting a 13-13-1-1 record in those 28 contests; 8-6-0-0 in the first games of back-to-back sets and 5-7-1-1 in the second games.
Sunday, October 23: 10-11:30 a.m. at Iceworks
Monday, October 24: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25: Game-day skate at Nassau Coliseum (10-11:15 a.m.). Game vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 27: Game-day skate at Madison Square Garden, Game vs. NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 28: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29: Game-day skate at Nassau Coliseum (10-11:15 a.m.). Game vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 30: Off
Monday, October 31: Iceworks, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (NEXT 10 GAMES)
Tuesday, October 25 vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 27 at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1 vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Monday, November 14 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.