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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
7:30 pm , FSN; Bloomberg 1130 (pre-game for both at 7:00 pm)

It's one of the great things about hockey. Before Saturday's game, word spread about a major alteration to the Islanders' lines: Oleg Kvasha was coming off the first line so Arron Asham could be returned to the left of Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan. But then, of course, the game started and the story ended up being more about the efforts of the second and third-liners, including game-winning goal scorer Trent Hunter, two-goal scorer Shawn Bates and Mike York, who scored the first goal of the game -- the 100th of his NHL career.

The Islanders' 5-2 win against Boston on Saturday proved what hockey fans know -- that, despite the high-powered presence of Yashin and Satan, it's going to take contributions from every forward if the Islanders are going to improve on their disappointing 8-9 start to the 2005-06 season.

That will be the case tonight as the Islanders look to make up for a 5-1 loss to the Penguins at the Coliseum on Nov. 3, one of only two home losses this season and undoubtedly their worst.
November 12, 2005
New York Islanders 5, Boston Bruins 2

Third period goals by Trent Hunter (game-winner) and Arron Asham broke a late tie, giving the Islanders a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at the Coliseum on Saturday night. Shawn Bates also added two goals and Mike York netted the 100th NHL goal of his career. Boston twice rallied to tie the game in the first and third periods, but the Islanders were relentless in front of a home crowd of 15,228. Rick DiPietro stopped 29 of 31 shots for his sixth win of the season. Former Islander Dave Scatchard tied the game at 1-1 in the first with his tally and Sergei Samsonov knotted up the contest early in the third at 2-2 for Boston. But Trent Hunter made a brilliant one-man effort to break the tie and put the Islanders ahead 3-2 midway through the third. Asham's goal gave the Islanders separation and Bates' tally sealed the win.

-Center Petteri Nokelainen (knee) has missed the last four games and remains day-to-day.  
Total Man-Games Lost (After 17 games): 18    

Arron Asham 1 Rib Muscle
Shawn Bates 4 Hip Pointer
Rick DiPietro 2 Concussion, Bruised Right Knee
Petteri Nokelainen 5 Sprained Ankle, Knee Injury
Mark Parrish 4 Hip Strain
Brent Sopel 3 Left Sprained Wrist
Total Games Missed: 18  

October 31 - The Islanders recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
November 2 - The Islanders reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.
The Islanders face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time this season. The Penguins won the first meeting 5-1 two weeks ago at the Coliseum on November 3rd. The Islanders lead the all-time series 80-69-22-3 over Pittsburgh.
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 61 as a member of the New York Rangers and 40 as a member of the Edmonton Oiliers.
The Islanders take part in their longest road of the season this week, a span of four games. Following tonight's game in Pittsburgh, the Islanders travel to Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Sunrise, FL. (Panthers). The team has another four game road trip in March, which will also take them to Atlanta and both Florida stops. The Islanders are 3-6 on the road.
Team captain Alexei Yashin leads the team in scoring with 19 points (8+11) in 17 games. Yashin has recorded a point in 13 of 17 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 3-3-0-0 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.

  Win Loss OTL SOW
Oct. 5 6 0 1
Nov. 3 3 0 0

The Islanders are unbeaten in 58 games (50-0-8) when taking a lead into the third period. The streak is the longest active streak in the NHL. The Islanders are 6-0 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 7-3 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 (twice), 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 are 5-3-0 at home this season, scoring 27 goals and allowing 28. The last two Islander home wins have come against the Boston Bruins by a combined score of 9-5. The Islanders have one loss at home in November, a 5-1 decision by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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.
The Islanders have a total attendance of 103,589 after eight games at the Nassau Coliseum, for an average of 12,949 (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 (79.8% capacity) with one sellout. The seating capacity for the Nassau Coliseum is 16,234.
The Islanders were 1-5 on the power play versus the Bruins on Saturday night. They have now scored four power play goals in the last three games. Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 12 of 17 games this season. They are 17-110 (15.5%) on the man-advantage. 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 successfully killed off all six Boston power plays on Saturday night. They haven't allowed a power play goal in the last two games (ten chances). Overall, the Islanders have killed off 105 of 128 (82.03%) power play attempts in 17 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 shorthanded tally in the Islanders' 5-3 win over Washington on October 13.    
The Islanders have been outshot, 562-489, through the first 17 games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been outshot in 12 of 17 games this season, including six straight from October 15-27. The Islanders are allowing an average of 33.1 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've outshot the opponent. The Islanders recorded a season-high 40 shots, including 20 in the first period last 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.  
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 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.
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.

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.

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