The Islanders go right back at it again tonight as they take on the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, FL in the second game of a back-to-back set. This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season with the Islanders leading the season series two games to one.
The game is the fourth contest of a five-game road swing that the Islanders are currently on. They're 2-1 so far with the loss coming last night against Atlanta. The Islanders finish up their trip on Sunday in Tampa Bay.
Tonight's game is on FSN with Howie and Joe and Bloomberg 1130 am with John and Kinger.
Here are you game notes for tonight:
March 16, 2006
Atlanta Thrashers 4, Islanders 2
The Islanders had their four-game winning snapped when they fell to the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2 on Thursday night at Phillips Arena. Shawn Bates and Alexei Yashin scored for the Islanders, while Rick DiPietro stopped 35 of 38 shots he faced.
- Arron Asham (ankle) is out four-to-six weeks as of March 14.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 52 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
- Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) is out for the season. He was injured on March 14.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 66 games): 160
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
March 16 Recalled defenseman Allan Rourke on an emergency basis from Bridgeport (AHL).
March 15 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton and defenseman Bruno Gervais from Bridgeport.
March 9 Traded defenseman Brad Lukowich to New Jersey for their third round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Traded forward Oleg Kvasha to Phoenix for their third round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
March 8 Acquired defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, forward Jeff Tambellini and a conditional third round draft pick in the 2006 NHL entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Mark Parrish and defenseman Brent Sopel.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 26
Assists... Mike York, Alexei Yashin 34
Points... Alexei Yashin 55
Penalty Minutes... John Erksine 111
Plus/Minus... Joel Bouchard +6
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 14
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 20
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 26
Shots... Jason Blake 232
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 18.6%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 189
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 22-23-8-0
PLAYOFF RECORD: N/A
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 13-12-2-0
RECORD ON ROAD: 9-11-6-0
LAST GAME: January 4, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum 4-3 (F/OT)
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Islanders, 2 wins
2005-06 Season Series:
October 20, 2005: Florida Panthers 3, Islanders 1 Nassau Coliseum
November 19, 2005: Islanders 5, Florida Panthers 3 BankAtlantic Center
January 4, 2006: Islanders 4, Florida Panthers 3 (F/OT) Nassau Coliseum
**TONIGHT** March 17, 2006: BankAtlantic Center 7:30 PM
WHERE ARE THE NEW BOYS
The Islanders have a total of seven rookies currently in their lineup; three defenseman and four forwards. Here's the breakdown with their ages in parentheses: LW Sean Bergenheim (22), D Chris Campoli (21), C Jeremy Colliton (21), D Bruno Gervais (21), D Denis Grebeshkov (22), RW Robert Nilsson (21) and LW Jeff Tambellini (21). Center Petteri Nokelainen (20) is currently on the Injured Reserve.
DP SETS PERSONAL MARK WITH 24TH WIN
Rick DiPietro set a new personal season-high by recording his 24th victory on March 11 at Boston. His previous season-high was 23, which he recorded in the 2003-04 season.
He currently has 25 wins on the season. The Islanders' record for most victories by a goaltender his 32, co-held by Billy Smith (1981-82) and Chris Osgood (2001-02). On the season, DiPietro is 25-18-3. Before the Islanders game in Atlanta, DiPietro won his previous six-games.
The Islanders are in the midst of their seventh back-to-back series of the season, and third this month. Last night, the Islanders lost to the Thrashers 4-2 in Atlanta. The team has five back-to-back series all together in March. The Islanders are will play 11 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season.
In their last back-to-back series, the Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on March 10 and the Boston Bruins 3-1 on March 11.
The Islanders have a record of 3-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 4-2-0 record in the second game. 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.
Oct. 19 at NY Rangers
W 3-2 (F/SO)
Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers
Nov. 16 at Atlanta
Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay
Nov. 25 vs. Ottawa
Nov. 26 at Philadelphia
Jan. 6 at Carolina
Jan. 7 vs. Carolina
March 6 at Washington
March 7 vs. New Jersey
W 2-1 (F/SO)
March 10 vs. Toronto
W 2-1 (F/SO)
March 11 at Boston
March 16 at Atlanta
March 17 at Florida
March 24 at Pittsburgh
March 25 vs. Atlanta
March 28 at Montreal
March 29 vs. NY Rangers
April 5 at Toronto
April 6 at NY Rangers
April 17 at Pittsburgh
April 18 vs. Philadelphia
ISLANDERS IN MARCH
The Islanders have a record of 6-2-0 in the month of March with three shootout victories. The team plays a total of 16 games in a span of 30 days this month, eight at home and eight on the road. The team also plays a total of five back-to-back series this month.
MARCH AT A GLANCE
3/2 - New Jersey W 3-2 (F/SO)
3/4 - Philadelphia W 4-2
3/6 - at Washington L 2-5
3/7 - New Jersey W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/10 - Toronto W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/11 - at Boston W 3-1
3/14 - at New Jersey W 6-1
3/16 - at Atlanta L 2-4
3/17 - 7:30 at Florida Bank Atlantic Center
3/19 - 5:00 at Tampa Bay St. Pete Times Forum
3/21 - 7:00 Montreal Nassau Coliseum
3/24 - 7:30 at Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
3/25 - 7:00 Atlanta Nassau Coliseum
3/28 - 7:30 at Montreal Bell Center
3/29 - 7:00 NY Rangers Nassau Coliseum
3/31 - 7:00 Pittsburgh Nassau Coliseum
Oct. 5 6 0
Nov. 7 6 1
Dec. 5 6 1
Jan. 6 7 1
Feb. 2 3 1
March 6 2 0
Totals 31 30 4
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 15-16-2 this season. They are currently on a five-game road swing with two games left (including tonight) and are 2-1 so far. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders lost to the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next road game is Sunday, March 19 at Tampa Bay. That is the final game on their five-game swing,
MONTH-BY-MONTH ON THE ROAD
Oct. 2 4 0
Nov. 5 3 0
Dec. 2 3 1
Jan. 2 3 1
Feb. 2 1 0
March 2 2 0
Totals 15 16 2
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 16-14-2 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout on Friday, March 10. The Islanders' next home game is on March 21 vs. Montreal.
MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM
Oct. 3 2 0
Nov. 2 3 1
Dec. 3 3 0
Jan. 3 4 0
Feb. 1 2 1
March 2 0 0
Totals 16 14 2
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 20 times this season and have a record of 17-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout six times (at Rangers, Oct. 19, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, vs. Edmonton, Dec. 10, vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 26, at Pittsburgh, Feb. 4, vs. New Jersey, March 2). The two losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 189. Before suffering his injury, Arron Asham was fifth in the league with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,228 hits against their opponents this season. In Thursday's game at Atlanta, John Erskine led the team with four hits.
On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers. Hunter led the way with nine.
MIRO AND HUNTER STAR IN SHOOTOUTS
Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter are clutch in the shootout. Satan is third in the NHL with seven shootout goals and is tied for first with five determining goals. He is also third in the NHL with a shooting percentage of 77.8% in the shootout (of shooters with more than two attempts). Satan is also six-for-six when leading off the shootout for the Islanders and is three-for-three versus the New Jersey Devil's Martin Brodeur.
Hunter has been almost as successful with five goals in the shootout and two determining goals. He's converted 62.5% of his attempts.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 20-8-1 this season when scoring first and 11-21-3 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a record of 27-6-5-1 when they scored the first goal of the game and were 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first.
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.
ISLANDERS STOCK UP FOR DRAFT
The Islanders will be busy at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The team is now in possession of eleven draft picks in the draft including, potentially, seven in the first three rounds. Here's how it breaks down:
1st Round Islanders 1st
2nd Round Dallas 2nd +
3rd Round Islanders 3rd
3rd Round Edmonton 3rd *
3rd Round Nashville 3rd ^
3rd Round New Jersey 3rd #
3rd Round Phoenix 3rd =
4th Round Islanders 4th
5th Round Islanders 5th
6th Round Islanders 6th
7th Round Islanders 7th
+ From Dallas in John Erskine/Janne Niinimaa trade, Dallas received Islanders 5th Round selection in 2007.
* From Edmonton in Mike York/Michael Peca trade: conditional if Peca resigns with Edmonton; pick becomes fourth round selection if not resigned.
^ From Los Angeles, conditional if Los Angeles makes 2006 playoffs.
# From New Jersey in Brad Lukowich trade.
= From Phoenix in Oleg Kvasha trade.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Shawn Bates is two games away from his 400th NHL game.
- Jason Blake is two goals away from tying his career-high of 25.
- Eric Godard is a game away from his 100th NHL game.
- Radek Martinek is seven games away from his 200th NHL game.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from his 100th NHL power play goal.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from tying his career-high of 15.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times local)
Sunday, March 19: Morning skate at St. Pete Times Forum 11:30 am 12:30 am
Monday, March 20: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Tuesday, March 21: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Wednesday, March 22: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Thursday, March 23: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Friday, March 24: Morning skate at Mellon Arena 11:30 am 12:30 am
Saturday, March 25: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Sunday, March 19 at Tampa Bay, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, March 21 vs. Montreal, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 24 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 vs. Atlanta, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 28 at Montreal, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 29 vs. New York Rangers, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 31 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 5 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 6 at New York Rangers, 7:00 pm