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GAME PREVIEW: Boston at Islanders

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
7:00 pm, FSN; Bloomberg 1130

The Islanders don't have time to recover from the sting of their 3-2 loss in Philadelphia on Thursday night, and that's probably a good thing. The Islanders have Joe Thornton and the Boston Bruins to focus on. The Bruins come to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the second time in twelve days -- and for the final time this season -- on Saturday night.

"We've got to put the Flyer game behind us," said Mark Parrish. "We've played better this week, although it wasn't good enough on Thursday. Boston is a team that can score in bunches and has strong defense and goaltending. That's the thing about this league. You can't get too high or low from wins and losses."

The Islanders enter tonight's game with a record of 7-9-0 (14 points, T-4th-Place, Atlantic Division), while the Bruins are 7-6-5 (19 points, 3rd-Place, Northeast Division) . The Islanders are 4-3 at home, while Boston is 3-3-4 on the road this season. Following tonight's match, the Islanders will return to the road for four consecutive games, beginning on Monday with a match against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena. They will then travel to Atlanta (Wednesday, November 16), Tampa Bay (Thursday, November 17) and Florida (Saturday, November 19).

Islanders vs. Boston Bruins: The Islanders have a career record of 40-59-21-0 vs. the Boston Bruins.  At the Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders are 24-27-10 and their record in Boston is 16-32-11.

New York leads the season series, 1-0. The Islanders defeated the Bruins, 4-3, in overtime at the Nassau Coliseum on November 1. The Bruins' last win at the Coliseum was on December 22, 2001, a 4-2 victory. Since then, the Bruins are 0-1-3 at the Nassau Coliseum.  In their last five games against the Bruins at home, the Islanders are 2-0-3 and 3-3-4 in their last 10.

-Center Petteri Nokelainen (knee) is day-to-day.

Total Man-Games Lost (After 16 games): 17
2003-04 Total Man-Games Lost (After 15 games): 3


PLAYER                     GAMES MISSED            Injury

Arron Asham                       1                               Rib Muscle
Shawn Bates                      4                               Hip Pointer
Rick DiPietro                       2                               Concussion, Bruised Right Knee
Petteri Nokelainen             4                              Sprained Ankle, Knee Injury
Mark Parrish                        4                               Hip Strain
Brent Sopel                         3                              Left Sprained Wrist
Total Games Missed:      18

October 14 - The Islanders recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
October 17 - The Islanders reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.
October 27 - The Islanders recalled forward Kevin Colley from Bridgeport.
October 28 - The Islanders reassign forward Kevin Colley from Bridgeport.
October 31 - The Islanders recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
November 2 - The Islanders reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.

The Islanders concluded their road trip with a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday. The Islanders went 1-2 on their three-game road trip, losing 6-0 to Ottawa last Saturday and winning 4-1 on Tuesday against the Devils.  The Islanders, who are 3-6 on the road this season, will begin a four-game road trip in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Islanders have been outscored, 33-23, in nine road games this season.

Team captain Alexei Yashin leads the team in scoring with 18 points (8+10) in 16 games. Yashin has recorded a point in 12 of 16 games, including four multiple-point games. He had a three-game point streak snapped on November 5 at Ottawa. Yashin recorded five points (2+3) from October 29-November 3. He had a season-high seven-game point streak from October 10-25, collecting 11 points (5+6). In addition to his seven-game point streak, Yashin recorded an assist in five consecutive games (October 15-25). The point streak was Yashin's longest since the 2003-04, when he had a nine-game point streak with 13 points (3+10) from November 14-December 3.

The Islanders have a record of 2-3-0-0 in the month of November. The Islanders will play a total of 14 games this month, six at home and eight on the road. Last season, the Islanders were 5-8-0-0 in November.

The Islanders had a record of 5-6-0-0 in the month of October. Last season, the Islanders were 4-3-2-0 in October.

The Islanders are 4-3-0 at home this season, scoring 22 goals and allowing 26. The Islanders had their two-game home winning streak snapped with a 6-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on October 29. The Islanders have lost two of their last three home games. The six goals were the most allowed by the Islanders at home since the N.Y. Rangers won 6-3 on February 26, 2004.

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.

Center Shawn Bates scored the game-winning goal with 28.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on November 1 at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are 2-0 in overtime this season and are 64-60-194 lifetime in overtime. Last season, the Islanders  had a record of 2-4-11 in overtime.

The Islanders are unbeaten in 57 games (49-0-8) when taking a lead into the
third period. The streak is the longest active streak in the NHL. The
Islanders are 5-0 this season when leading after two periods. 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.

The Islanders are 6-3 this season when scoring first and 1-6 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. Buffalo, Carolina, Philadelphia, Montreal, the N.Y. Rangers, Pittsburgh and Ottawa have scored first in games against the Islanders this season, while New York has scored first against Carolina, Washington, the Rangers (twice), Atlanta, Buffalo, Boston, New Jersey and Philadelphia. 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.

The Islanders were 2-5 on the power play on Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders have scored three power play goals in the last two games. Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 11 of 16 games this season. Overall, the Islanders are 16-105 (15.2%) on the power play. Last season, 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.

The Islanders killed off all of Philadelphia's four power play chances on Thursday. Prior to Thursday's game, the Islanders allowed six power play goals and one shorthanded goal in three games. Overall, the Islanders have killed off 99 of 123 (80.5%) power play attempts in 16 games this season. 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 October 20. Earlier in the season, Shawn Bates scored the first shorthanded goal of the season in the Isles' 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on October 8 and Jason Blake scored a short handed tally in the Islanders' 5-3 win over Washington on October 13. 

The Islanders have been out-shot, 531-458, through the first 16 games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been outshot in 12 of 16 games this season, including six straight from October 15-27. The Islanders are allowing an average of 33.2 shots per game. They have a record of 6-6 when they have been outshot and have a record of 1-3 in games when they have outshot the opponent. The Islanders recorded a season-high 40 shots, including 20 in the first period on Thursday against the Flyers.  The Islanders have also allowed 40 or more shots in a game twice during the season, and have a record of 1-1.

The Islanders completed their first set of back-to-back games of the season with a sweep of the New York Rangers on October 19-20. 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, November 13: Islanders Iceworks, Syosset, N.Y., 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday, November 14: Game-day skate at Mellon Arena, Game at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15: Philips Arena, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16: Game day skate at Philips Arena, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Game at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 17: Game day skate at St. Pete Times-Forum, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Game at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 18: Bank Airlines Arena, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19: Game day skate at Bank Airlines Arena, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Game at Florida, 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 20: Off

Monday, November 14 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 17 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 25 vs. Ottawa, 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 26 at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 29 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at Detroit, 5 p.m.

The Islanders have a total attendance of 88,361 after seven games at Nassau Coliseum, for an average of 12,623 (77.8% capacity) with one sellout.  Last season after seven games at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders had a total attendance of 84,866, an average of 12,266 (74.7% capacity) with one sellout. The seating capacity for the Nassau Coliseum is 16,234.

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