The Islanders look to win their fourth straight game for the first time season as they continue on their five-game road trip at New Jersey tonight. The Islanders have taken the last three games from New Jersey, including the last two in the shootout.
Rick DiPietro has won five straight games and is expected to get the call in goal tonight. In his last three games this week, DiPietro has GAA of 0.95 and a save percentage of .966.
As a reminder, fans can catch the game on FSN 2 with Howie and Joe and on the radio at Bloomberg 1130 AM with John and Kinger.
Here are your game notes:
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 50 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 63 games): 154
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
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.
March 7 Signed defenseman Radek Martinek to a two-year contract extension. Activated Eric Godard from the Injured Reserve.
March 6 Signed center Shawn Bates to a three-year contract extension.
March 4 Announced right wing Mattias Weinhandl was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Wild and recalled forward Sean Bergenheim from Bridgeport (AHL).
March 11, 2006
Islanders 3, Boston Bruins 1
Rick DiPietro was stellar once again and recorded his career-high 25th victory as the Islanders defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday night. Mike York, Trent Hunter and Alexei Yashin (empty net) scored for the Islanders and DiPietro made 32 saves on 33 shots. Hunter, York and Satan each had two points.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 26
Assists... Mike York 34
Points... Alexei Yashin 52
Penalty Minutes... John Erksine 109
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake, Joel Bouchard, Alexei Zhitnik +3
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 227
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 17.2%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:42 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 187
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 96-54-22-3 (67-50-16-2 vs. Devils)
PLAYOFF RECORD: 2-4
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 58-18-11-0
RECORD IN BOSTON: 37-34-11-2
LAST GAME: March 7, 2006 2-1 (F/SO)
LAST GAME AT COLISEUM: March 7, 2006 2-1 (F/SO)
NEXT GAME: None
CURRENT STREAK: Islanders, 3 wins
2005-06 Season Series:
November 8, 2005: W 4-1 at Continental Airlines Arena
December 21, 2005: W 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum
January 21, 2006: L 2-3 (F/SO) at Continental Airlines Arena
January 24, 2006: L 0-4 at Nassau Coliseum
February 11, 2006: W 2-1 at Continental Airlines Arena
March 2, 2006: W (F/SO) 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
March 7, 2006: W 2-1 (F/SO) at Nassau Coliseum
** TONIGHT ** March 14, 2006: at Continental Airlines Arena 7:30 pm
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. 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 24-17-3 and he is currently on a personal five-game winning streak.
ISLANDERS IN MARCH
The Islanders have a record of 5-1-0 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 - Washington L 2-5
3/7 - New Jersey W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/10 - Toronto W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/11 - Boston W 3-1
3/14 - 7:30 pm, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena
3/16 - 7:00 pm, Atlanta Philips Arena
3/17 - 7:00 pm, Florida Bank Atlantic Center
3/19 - 5:00 pm, Tampa Bay St. Pete Times Forum
3/21 - 7:00 pm, Montreal Nassau Coliseum
3/24 - 7:30 pm, Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
3/25 - 7:00 pm, Atlanta Nassau Coliseum
3/28 - 7:30 pm, Montreal Bell Center
3/29 - 7:00 pm, NY Rangers Nassau Coliseum
3/31 - 7:00 pm, Pittsburgh Nassau Coliseum
Win Loss OTL
Oct. 5 6 0
Nov. 7 6 1
Dec. 5 6 1
Jan. 6 7 1
Feb. 2 3 1
March 5 1 0
Totals 30 29 4
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 14-14-2 this season. They are currently on a five-game road swing with four games left. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 on March 11. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next road game is Thursday, March 16 at Atlanta. The trip will also take them to Florida tomorrow night and Tampa Bay on Sunday, March 19.
MONTH-BY-MONTH ON THE ROAD
Win Loss OTL
Oct. 2 4 0
Nov. 5 3 0
Dec. 2 3 1
Jan. 2 3 1
Feb. 3 1 0
Totals 14 14 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
Win Loss OTL
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
The Islanders recently wrapped up their sixth back-to-back series of the season with two victories. The team defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on March 10 and defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 on March 11. The team's next back-to-back series is later this week when they travel to Atlanta on March 16 and then go to Florida on March 17.
The team plays a total of five back-to-back games this month, with three more left in March. The Islanders are scheduled to play 11 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season.
The Islanders have a record of 3-3-0 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
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 187, while Arron Asham is fifth with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,201 hits against their opponents this season. In Saturday's game at Boston, Asham led the team with three 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 19-8-1 this season when scoring first and 11-20-3 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. They were 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first.
SHOTS ON GOAL DIFFERENTIAL
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 2002-1,922, through 63 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 38 of 63 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 31.8 shots per game while taking 30.5 shots on goal per game. Seventeen of the team's 30 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 17-18-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 12-11-3 in games when they've out-shot the opponent. The Islanders are 1-0-0 in games where they tie their opponent's shot total.
- The Islanders recorded a season-high 51 shots on goal, including 21 in the final period, at Boston on Jan. 28. In that game, the Islanders also allowed a season-high 44 shots on goal.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 19 times this season and have a record of 16-2-1. 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).
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:
Dallas 2nd +
Edmonton 3rd *
Nashville 3rd ^
New Jersey 3rd #
Phoenix 3rd =
+ 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 one assist away from his 100th as an Islander.
- Shawn Bates is four games away from his 400th NHL game.
- Jason Blake is two goals away from tying his career-high of 25.
- Eric Godard is three games away from his 100th 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 (all times local)
Wednesday, March 15: Practice at Duluth Ice Forum 12:00 pm to 1:30 om
Thursday, March 16: Morning skate at Phillips Arena 11:30 am 12:30 am
Friday, March 17: Morning skate at Bank Atlantic Center 11:30 am 12:30 am
Saturday, March 18: NO ICE
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
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Thursday, March 16 at Atlanta, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 17 at Florida, 7:30 pm
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