7:00 pm, FSN; Bloomberg 1130
The Islanders wrap up their three-game, six-day road trip tonight as they faceoff against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:00 at Nationwide Arena. The Islanders have yet to defeat the Blue Jackets since Columbus came into the NHL at the start of the 2000-01 season. They're looking to change that tonight.
Mike York has had the hot hand this week as he and the Islanders enter Nationwide Arena looking for the road trip sweep.
"I guess goals come in bunches," York said. "We want to finish up here with another win and go home pleased that we won all three games."
Tonight's game can be caught on FSN with Howie and Joe on the call and Deb by the locker room. Radio listeners can tune into Kinger and John on Bloomberg 1130 AM.
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December 6, 2005
New York Islanders 6, St. Louis Blues 3
Mike York tied his single-game career high in points with five (two goals, three assists) as the Islanders doubled up the St. Louis Blues 6-3 at the Savvis Center to improve to 2-0 on their current three-game road trip. Rick DiPietro made 31 saves for the win. Mark Parrish also had two goals, including the eventual game-winner. Arron Asham and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders.
- Center Oleg Kvasha (ankle) was injured on November 26 and is listed day-to-day.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 15 games. He is currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of November 3, 2005.
- Forward Shawn Bates (hamstring strain) was injured November 19, 2005 and is out 4-5 weeks. He is currently on the Injured Reserve.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 27 games): 38
2005-06 NEW YORK ISLANDERS MAN-GAMES LOST
Hip Strain (4), Hamstring Strain (6)
Concussion (1), Bruised Knee (1)
Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (14)
Total Games Missed:
December 3 Recalled forwards Kevin Colley and Wyatt Smith and defenseman Bruno Gervais from Bridgeport (AHL). Assigned forward Robert Nilsson to Bridgeport.
November 30 Returned forwards Sean Bergenheim and Wyatt Smith to Bridgeport. Assigned defenseman Tomi Pettinen to Bridgeport on a conditioning assignment.
November 29 Recalled forwards Sean Bergenheim and Wyatt Smith from Bridgeport.
November 26 - Returned center Jeremy Colliton
November 25 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton
November 23 Returned center Jeremy Colliton
November 21 Placed forward Shawn Bates on the Injured Reserve List and called up center Jeremy Colliton
November 18 Placed center Petteri Nokelainen on the Injured Reserve list retroactive of November 3rd.
November 15 Signed forward Jeff Hamilton and assigned him to Bridgeport.
November 2 - Reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.
October 31 - Recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
October 28 Reassigned center Kevin Colley to Bridgeport.
October 27 Recalled center Kevin Colley from Bridgeport.
October 15 - Reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.
October 14 Recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
ISLANDERS AT COLUMBUS
The Islanders wrap up their three-game, six-day road trip in Columbus tonight. Since the Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000-01, the Islanders have yet to defeat to them as Columbus leads the all-time series 0-5-1-0. The Blue Jackets took the only meeting between the clubs in 2003-04 2-1 at the Nationwide Arena on November 23.
2005-06 Season Series:
December 8, 2005: at Nationwide Arena 7:00 p.m. (EST)
LUKOWICH JOINS THE 400 CLUB
Brad Lukowich joined the 400 NHL game club on Tuesday night at St. Louis. Currently in his first season with the Islanders, Lukowich was originally drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round (90th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He started his career with the Dallas Stars and played in 224 games with them before being traded to Tampa Bay on June 22, 2002. With The Lightning, he played in 149 games en route to winning the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004. This season, he has played in all 26 games with the Islanders.
Teammate Mike York also played in his 400th NHL game this week in the Islanders 2-1 win in Detroit on Sunday. Also in his first season with the Islanders, York was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the sixth round (136 overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He went onto play in 230 games for the Rangers before being traded to Edmonton in March of 2002. He played in 144 games with the Oilers. This season, he has played in all 26 games with the Islanders.
A "MIKE YORK" STATE OF MIND
It might just be two games, but Mike York has the golden touch right now. After scoring the game-winning at Detroit on Sunday, York netted five points (two goals, three assists) at St. Louis on Tuesday night to tie a single-game career-high for points. Earlier this year, York scored his 100th NHL goal in the Islanders 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the Nassau Coliseum. On the season, York has recorded six goals and 12 assists for 18 points and is fifth on the team in scoring.
PARRISH NETS 150/100
In Tuesday night's win at St. Louis, Mark Parrish scored his 150th NHL goal and his 100th as a member of the Islanders. The Islanders traded for Parrish along with Oleg Kvasha for Olli Jokinen and Roberto Luongo in June of 2000. Parrish is currently in his fifth season with team.
HIT OR BE HIT
Arron Asham and Trent Hunter have a hit or be hit type of mentality. Following Tuesday's game, Asham is fifth in the league in hits with 75, while Hunter is in sixth place with 69. In Tuesday's game, Asham once again led the team in hits with six. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 470 hits on their opponents this season. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defenseman with 50.
BLAKE IS BUZZING
Jason Blake is off to the best start of his career. Through the first 27 games of this season, Blake has recorded 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points, good enough for second on the team. His goal total puts him in a tie for the team-lead with Miroslav Satan. Entering this season, his best mark through 26 games came in 2002-03 when he had 15 points and finished the year with career-highs with 25 goals, 30 assists and 55 points
Currently, Blake has points in six of the last seven games (6+4). That includes a game from a week ago against Philadelphia on November 26 when he netted his third career hat trick. Most recently, Blake chipped in a goal and an assist in St. Louis on Tuesday night.
CAPTAIN YASH LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Team captain Alexei Yashin leads the team in scoring with 29 points (12+17) in 27 games. This season, Yashin has recorded a point in 22 of 27 games and is currently on a five-game scoring streak (2+3). He has also scored in 11 of the last 12 games (4+11). He's also had five multiple-point games. This is Yashin's best start since the 2001-02 season, his first as an Islander. That season he finished with 32 goals, 43 assists and 75 points. Through the first 26 games of that season he also had 28 points.
This season, 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.
PARRISH STOPS SLIDE
After starting off the 2005-06 season with points in four of the first seven games (3+2), Mark Parrish slowed down after suffering a hip strain. But Parrish turned his luck around as he's making up for his mini-slump with points in six of the last eight games (4+6). He most recently netted two goals at St. Louis, including the game-winner.
ISLANDERS IN DECEMBER
The Islanders have started off December on the right note with two wins on the road in their first two games of the month. Following Sunday's 2-1 win at Detroit, the Islanders rolled past the St. Louis Blues 6-3. They have a 2-0-0 record so far in December. The Islanders will play a total of 12 games this month, six at home and six on the road. In 2003-04, the Islanders were 10-4-0-1 in December.
* The Islanders have an overtime victory, two shootout victories and a shootout loss. See below for details.
THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- The Islanders killed off eight of ten St. Louis power plays on Tuesday night.
- They have allowed seven power play goals in the last 12 games (68 chances).
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 154 of 185 (83.2%) power play attempts in 27 games this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked tied for third best in the NHL on the road with an 87.0 penalty kill percentage, while they are ranked 26th at home with a penalty kill percentage of 77.4.
- This season, the Islanders had a streak of 37 consecutive penalty kills, which spanned six complete games and parts of two others. The streak started during the team's game at New Jersey on November 8th and last until the second penalty kill of the team's game vs. Buffalo on November 23rd. Chris Drury scored on the power play for the Sabres at 17:29 of the first period to snap the Islanders consecutive penalty kill streak.
- 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 shorthanded tally in the Islanders' 5-3 win over Washington on October 13.
THE ISLANDERS ON THE MAN ADVANTAGE
- The Islanders were 3-5 on the power play at St. Louis on Tuesday night.
- They have seventeen power play goals in the last thirteen games.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 19 of 27 games this season.
- They are 30-162 (18.5%) on the man-advantage. On the road, the team's power play in tenth best in the NHL at 17.1%, while they are ranked ninth at home at 21.0%. Despite being in the top-ten at home and on the road, the power play in ranked 19th overall in the NHL.
- 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 16-4-1 at home in games that they scored at least one power play goal.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 11-5-1 this season when scoring first and 3-6 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. 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.
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders are back on the road this week and are in the tail end of a three-game road trip, which conclude in Columbus tonight. They have already defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Sunday (12/4) and the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday for their eighth and ninth road victories of the season. In 2005-06, the Islanders are 9-7-0 on the road.
The team has a five game road trip in March, which will also take them to Atlanta, Boston, Florida, New Jersey and Tampa Bay.
NOT BAD WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have only lost once in 62 games (54 wins, eight ties and one overtime loss in the shootout) when taking a lead into the third period. The Islanders are 10-0-1 this season when leading after two periods. This streak includes wining in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout twice (at Rangers, Oct. 19 and at Pittsburgh Nov. 14) this season. The only loss occurred in the shootout this past Wednesday night when the Islanders dropped a 4-3 decision to the Buffalo Sabres. During the 2003-04 season, the Islanders were 26-0-5-0 when leading after two periods.
SHOTS ON GOAL
The Islanders have been outshot, 906-746, through the first 27 games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been outshot in 20 of 27 games this season, including a current stretch of seven games starting on November 19 at Florida. The Islanders are allowing an average of 33.6 shots per game. They have a record of 11-8-1 when they have been outshot and have a record of 2-4-0 in games when they've outshot the opponent.
The Islanders recorded a season-high 40 shots, including 20 in the first period at Philadelphia on November 10. The Islanders have also allowed 40 or more shots in a game four times this season and have a record of 2-2. The most recent game was the team's loss versus the Ottawa Senators on November 25.
IN THE EXTRA SESSION
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 3-1 in overtime/shootout (two shootout victories, one shootout loss) this season and have a lifetime record of 65-60-194 in overtime. Last season, the Islanders had a record of 2-4-11 in overtime.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Arron Asham is seven points away from his 100th NHL point.
- Jason Blake is five games away from his 300th as an Islander.
- Eric Godard's next goal will be his first NHL goal.
- Oleg Kvasha is eight points away from his 200th NHL point.
- Miroslav Satan is eight power play goals away from his 100th NHL power play goal.
- Alexei Yashin is six points away from his 700th NHL point.
- Alexei Yashin is nine assists away from his 400th NHL assist.
MILESTONES REACHED THIS SEASON
- Chris Campoli, Robert Nilsson and Petteri Nokelainen each played in their first NHL game on October 5th, 2005 at Buffalo.
- Chris Campoli scored his first NHL goal/point on his first NHL shot on October 5th, 2005 at Buffalo.
- Petteri Nokelainen scored his first NHL goal on October 13th at Washington.
- Robert Nilsson scored his first NHL goal vs. Buffalo on October 29.
- Alexei Yashin scored his 300th career NHL goal on November 14th at Pittsburgh.
- Alexei Zhitnik played in his 900th NHL career game on November 14th at Pittsburgh.
- Jeremy Colliton played in his first NHL game on November 23rd vs. Buffalo.
- Arron Asham played in his 300th NHL game on November 25th vs. Ottawa.
- Rick DiPietro played in his 100th NHL game on November 25th vs. Ottawa.
- Alexei Yashin scored his 200th point as an Islander on November 26th at Philadelphia.
- Bruno Gervais made his NHL debut on December 4th at Detroit.
- Mike York played in his 400th NHL game on December 4th at Detroit
- Brad Lukowich played in his 400th NHL game on December 6th at St. Louis.
- Mark Parrish recorded his 150th NHL goal on December 6th at St. Louis.
- Mark Parrish recorded his 100th goal as an Islander on December 6th at St. Louis.
YASHIN TALLIES 200TH POINT AS AN ISLANDER
Islanders' captain Alexei Yashin recorded his 200th point as an Islander in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He hit the milestone with an assist on Jason Blake's first period goal. This is Yashin's fourth season as an Islander.
DiPIETRO PLAYS IN 100TH CAREER GAME
Islanders' goaltender played in his 100th NHL career game in Friday's loss to the Ottawa Senators. He stopped 39 of 45 shots in the losing effort. He was the first goaltender to be selected with the No. 1 overall draft selection in 2000. He made his NHL debut on January 27, 2001 vs. Buffalo and earned his first win on February 16, 2001 at Edmonton. This is his fifth NHL season, all played with the Islanders.
YASHIN TALLIES 300TH CAREER GOAL
Islanders' captain Alexei Yashin scored his 300th NHL career goal on November 14th at Pittsburgh. Brad Lukowich and Janne Niinimaa were credited with the assists on the second period goal. The tally was Yashin's 82nd as an Islander. He scored 218 as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
YORK NETS 100TH NHL GOAL
Mike York scored his 100th NHL goal in the Islanders 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the Nassau Coliseum. Robert Nilsson and Alexei Zhitnik received the assists on the first period power play tally. It was just York's second goal as the Islanders. He recorded 58 as a member of the New York Rangers and 40 as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
Friday, December 9: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 10: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 a.m. 11:15 p.m.
Sunday, December 11: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Monday, December 12: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
* Minnesota Wild practice at Islanders Iceworks, 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 a.m. 11:15 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 15: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday, December 16: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Thursday, December 8 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13 vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 17 vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 19 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 23 vs. Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 26 at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28 vs. New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 30 at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers fell to the Hershey Bears on Wednesday afternoon 4-1. Jeff Hamilton netted his fifth of the season for the lone Sound Tigers goal. Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz made 31 saves for Bridgeport, who were out shot 35-30 and went 0 for 9 on the power play and were 4 for 5 on the penalty kill.
The Sound Tigers will play three straight road games this weekend against the Norfolk Admirals this Friday, December 9th at 7:15 p.m. and Hershey this Saturday, December 10th at 7 p.m. and this Sunday, December 11th at 5 p.m. All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at www.soundtigers.com. Fans can also watch all games live on the B2 Networks.