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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Devils

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
12:00 noon, MSG Network (for Howie & Joe); Bloomberg 1130

Islanders head coach Brad Shaw said at Friday's practice that Chris Campoli will return to the lineup when the Islanders face the Devils in a noon showdown at the Meadowlands.

The impressive rookie defenseman watched the last two games from the press box as a healthy scratch while Tomi Pettinen played, and played well. No word yet on which dman might sit out.

The Islanders won the first two meetings between the teams, but the Devils are on an eight-game winning streak and have looked like a completely different team since the return of Patrik Elias. Rick DiPietro and Martin Brodeur, who could be the starting goalies for Team USA and Team Canada at the Olympics next month, are the expected goaltenders for Saturday's matinee.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 33 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
- Garth Snow (sprained MCLs in both knees) was injured on Jan. 4 and is out 3-4 weeks. He was placed on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Jan. 4.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 46 games): 103  

Arron Asham 1 Rib Muscle
Shawn Bates 16 Hip Strain (4), Hamstring Strain (12)
Jason Blake 5 Concussion (2), Bruised Ribs (3)
Kevin Colley 11 Knee Sprain
Rick DiPietro 7 Concussion (1), Bruised Knee (1), Sprained Knee (5)
Oleg Kvasha 12 Ankle
Brad Lukowich 3 Strained Ribs
Petteri Nokelainen* 34 Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (32)
Mark Parrish 4 Hip Strain
Garth Snow* 7 Knee Sprain
Brent Sopel              3 Sprained Wrist
Total Games Missed: 103  

*Denotes currently on Injured Reserve.      
January 16 Recalled forward Jeff Hamilton from Bridgeport (AHL) and reassigned forward Sean Bergenheim to Bridgeport.  
January 12 Activated goaltender Rick DiPietro from the injured reserve and assigned goaltender Frederic Cloutier and forward Jeff Hamilton to the Bridgeport.
January 10 Acquired defenseman John Erskine and a 2006 second round draft pick for defenseman Janne Niinimaa and a 2007 fifth round draft pick. Recalled defenseman Bruno Gervais from Bridgeport.
Goals¦ Jason Blake, Mark Parrish, Miroslav Satan - 17
Assists¦ Alexei Yashin 24
Points¦ Alexei Yashin 40
Penalty Minutes¦ Arron Asham 86
Plus/Minus¦ Jason Blake +4
Game-Winning Goals¦ Shawn Bates, Mark Parrish 4
Power Play Goals¦ Mark Parrish - 10
Power Play Assists¦ Alexei Zhitnik 15
Power Play Points¦ Alexei Zhitnik 18
Shots¦ Jason Blake 160
Shooting Percentage¦ Mark Parrish 23.3%
Time on Ice¦ Alexei Zhitnik 24:04 per game
Hits¦ Trent Hunter 127
Tonight's game is the 1701st regular season meeting and 177th meeting all-time between the Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders currently lead the all-time series 93-53-22-2. In New Jersey, the Islanders have a 37-33-11-1 record versus the Devils. This is the third of eight meetings between the teams this season.
Did You Know?
The Islanders have scored 12 all-time hat tricks against the Devils, while New Jersey has only scored three against the Islanders. Mike Bossy netted three tricks in his Islanders career, the most for any player in the all-time series between the Islanders and Devils. The last hat trick scored was by Mark Parrish on Oct. 11, 2001.
2005-06 Season Series:
November 8, 2005: 4-1 at Continental Airlines Arena
December 21, 2005: 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum
**Today** at Continental Airlines Arena Noon
January 24, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
February 11, 2006: Continental Airlines Arena 1:00 pm
March 2, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
March 7, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
March 14, 2006: Continental Airlines Arena 7:30 pm 
Islanders' rookie defenseman Bruno Gervais recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Arron Asham's first period goal at Carolina on Jan. 19. Gervais has played in seven games with the Islanders this season. Before his most recent call-up, he led all AHL defenseman in goals with 13. In 33 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Gervais has 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points. 
Today's game is a start of a home-and-home series for the Islanders, but not for the Devils. After today's tilt, the teams will meet at the Coliseum on Tuesday, Jan. 24. However, in between now and then, the Devils will faceoff against the New York Rangers tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden. 
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 127, while Arron Asham is in fifth with 120. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 90. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 860 hits against their opponents this season. In Thursday's game, Brad Lukowich led the team in hits with four.   
The Islanders have a 3-6 record in the month of January this season. The team will play a total of 12 games this month with seven at home and five on the road. 

Date Time Opponent Result/Location
1/2 7:00 PM Tampa Bay L 1-2
1/4 7:00 PM Florida W/OT 4-3
1/6 7:00 PM at Carolina L 1-4
1/7 7:00 PM Carolina L 0-3
1/10 8:00 PM at Nashville L 1-2
1/12 7:00 PM Calgary W 3-2
1/14 7:00 PM Vancouver L 1-8
1/17 8:30 PM at Chicago W/OT 2-1
1/19 7:00 PM at Carolina L 3-4
1/21 12:00 PM at New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena
1/24 7:00 PM New Jersey Nassau Coliseum
1/26 7:00 PM Pittsburgh Nassau Coliseum


Win Loss OTL
Oct. 5 6 0
Nov. 7 6 1
Dec. 5 6 1
Jan. 3 6 0
Totals 20 24 2

 * The Islanders have two overtime victories, three shootout victories and two shootout losses. They have not yet lost in overtime. See below for details.
The Islanders are in the tail end of a three-game road trip, which concludes today at New Jersey. The Islanders won Chicago in overtime on Tuesday, but fell to Carolina on Thursday.
The Islanders longest road trip of the season is a five-game set in March, which will take them to Atlanta, Boston, Florida, New Jersey and Tampa Bay. 

Win Loss OTL
Oct. 2 4 0
Nov. 5 3 0
Dec. 2 3 1
Jan. 1 3 0
Totals 10 13 1
- Carolina was 1-2 on the power play against the Islanders on Thursday night.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 237 of 298 (79.9%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 24th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is ninth in the league with a percentage of 82.8, while at home they are ranked 29th in the league with a percentage of 77.0.
- The Islanders have recorded four shorthanded goals this season. Jason Blake has scored two (Oct. 13 at Washington, Dec. 30 at Ottawa), while Shawn Bates (Oct. 8 vs. Carolina) and Arron Asham (Oct. 20) have netted one apiece. 
- The Islanders were 0-7on the power play versus at Carolina on Thursday night.
- They are 47-275 (17.1%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 18th in the NHL. On the road, the power play is ranked 12th in the league with a conversion rate of 17.0 percent. At home, they rank 21st in the league with a conversion rate of 17.2 percent.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 31 of 46 games this season. 
The Islanders are 14-8-1 this season when scoring first and 6-15-1 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.     
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 1,508-1,361, through 46 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 32 of 46 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.7 shots per game while taking 29.6 shots on goal per game. Fifteen of the team's 20 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 15-15-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 4-9-1 in games when they've out-shot the opponent. The Islanders are 1-0-0 in games where they tie their opponents' shot total.
- The Islanders recorded a season-high 40 shots, including 20 in the first period, at Philadelphia on Nov. 10 and tied that mark at Columbus on Dec. 8. 
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 15 times this season and have a record of 12-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout twice (at Rangers, Oct. 19 and at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14). The first loss occurred in the shootout when the Islanders dropped a 4-3 decision to the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 23rd. The second occurred on Dec. 26 at Buffalo while the third occurred at Ottawa on Dec. 30. 
The Islanders have not lost in overtime this season. Most recently, Oleg Kvasha scored at the 3:02 mark of the extra session to the give the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 17 at the United Center. In the first game that ended in overtime Shawn Bates scored the game-winning goal with 28.2 seconds left to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Nov. 1 at the Coliseum. In the second game, Mark Parrish scored at the 2:15 mark of the extra session to give the Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 4 at the Coliseum.
The Islanders are 6-2 in overtime/shootout (three overtime victories, three shootout victories and two shootout losses) this season and have a lifetime record of 68-61-194 in overtime. Last season, the Islanders had a record of 2-4-11 in overtime.

Oleg Kvasha's overtime winning goal not only propelled the Islanders to victory at Chicago on Jan. 17, it also gave him his 200th career NHL point. He entered the game at 198 and reached 199 with an assist on Alexei Yashin's second period goal. Kvasha began the season with 185 career points (84 goals, 135 assists) and has scored six goals and added nine assists this year. 
Jason Blake, Rick DiPietro and Mark Parrish were named to Team USA for the upcoming 2006 Winter Games in Turino, Italy. This is the first time each of the three players will be representing their home country in Olympic play. In September 2004, Blake and DiPietro played for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey. Parrish has represented the United States in three World Championships (1998, 2001 & 2005), while DiPietro has played in two World Championships (2001 & 2005). Blake has made one appearance at the World Championships (2000).
Miroslav Satan is heading back to the Olympics for the third time and will suit up for Team Slovakia in Italy. Also returning to the Olympics is center Alexei Yashin and defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. For Yashin this will also be his third Olympics after playing for Team Russia in 1998 and 2002. The 2006 games will also be Zhitnik's third tour with Team Russia and first since 1998. He chose not to join the team at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. Yashin has won Olympic Silver (1998) and Bronze (2002), while Zhitnik has won Silver (1998) and Gold (1992). 
- Jason Blake is seven points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is nine games away from his 400th NHL game.
- Mattias Weinhandl is two games away from his 200th NHL game.
- Alexei Yashin is two assists away from his 400th NHL assist. 

Sunday, January 22: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am 11:30 am
Monday, January 23: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, January 24: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am 11:15 am
Wednesday, January 25: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Thursday, January 26: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am 11:15 am
Friday, January 27: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, January 28: Game day skate at TDBanknorth Garden, 10:30 am 11:15 am   
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Saturday, January 21 at New Jersey, Noon
Tuesday, January 24 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 pm
Thursday, January 26 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 28 at Boston, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 31 vs. Washington, 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 2 vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 4 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
Monday, February 6 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 8 at Philadelphia, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 11 at New Jersey, 1:00 pm   
The Islanders Student and Military Savings Program is back for the 2005-06 season. Students and Military can receive up to 50% off select seating to see their New York Islanders in action. Students and Military personnel can purchase $55 seats for $28, $30 seats for $19 and $25 seats for $16. This offer is valid day of game only at Coliseum Box Office with valid I.D. - There will be a limit to two (2) tickets per I.D. - per game. 

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