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GAME PREVIEW: Islanders at Washington

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
7:00 PM, FSN, Bloomberg 1130 AM

The Islanders look to extend their winning streak to three games tonight when they faceoff against the Washington Capitals in the newly named Verizon Center in the Nation's capital. The Islanders have defeated the Capitals in both of the previous meetings by the score of 5-3 in each contest.
Tonight's game also marks the first of five back-to-back sets of games the Islanders play this month. They host the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at the Coliseum.
Fans can catch tonight's contest on FSN with Howie and Joe or on Bloomberg 1130 Am for the John and Kinger.
Here are your game notes for tonight's game:
- Right wing Eric Godard (viral infection) is listed as day-to-day and has missed the last five games.
- Defenseman Radek Martinek (quad contusion) is listed as day-to-day and has missed the last two games
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 46 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 59 games): 143  

March 4 Announced right wing Mattias Weinhandl was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Wild and recalled forward Sean Bergenheim from Bridgeport (AHL).
March 3 Reassigned forwards Rob Collins and Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport.
March 2 Recalled forwards Rob Collins and Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport.
March 4, 2006
Islanders 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2

Chris Campoli blasted the game-winning goal from the blueline in the third period and Trent Hunter sealed the deal with a empty-netter as the Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night. Jason Blake and Mark Parrish also scored in the game. Rick DiPietro made 18 saves for the Islanders.

Goals... Miroslav Satan 26
Assists... Mike York 32
Points... Alexei Yashin 50
Penalty Minutes... Arron Asham 101
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake, Joel Bouchard +2
Game-Winning Goals... Mark Parrish 5
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 14
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 20
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 26
Shots... Jason Blake 212
Shooting Percentage... Mark Parrish 23.7%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:24 per game 
Hits... Trent Hunter 179

The Islanders have five back-to-back games scheduled this month. The start the first one tonight at Washington and wrap it up back home versus New Jersey tomorrow night. In their last back-to-back set, the Islanders lost both games to the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 6-7. 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 have a record of 2-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 2-2-0 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.

Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 179, while Arron Asham is fifth with 160. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 120. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,143 hits against their opponents this season. In Saturday's game vs. Philadelphia, Hunter led the team with a season and personal-high ten hits.
On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers. Hunter led the way with nine.
The Islanders have opened up the March portion of their schedule on a good note going 2-0 with wins over the New Jersey Devils (shootout) and the Philadelphia Flyers. They now have a record of 2-0-0 this month. 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.

The Islanders have a road record of 13-14-2 this season. In their most recent game, the Islanders defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Saturday, Feb. 11. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next road game is Saturday, March 11 at Boston.
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.

The Islanders are 14-14-2 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Saturday, March 4. The Islanders' next home game is on March 7 vs. New Jersey.

The Islanders are 19-8-1 this season when scoring first and 8-19-3 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.
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 1,882-1,778, through 59 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 37 of 59 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 31.9 shots per game while taking 30.1 shots on goal per game. Sixteen of the team's 27 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 16-18-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 9-10-3 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 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.
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).

- Shawn Bates is three assists away from his 100th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is two goals away from tying his career-high of 25.
- Eric Godard is five games away from his 100th NHL game.
- Oleg Kvasha is seven goals away from his 100th as an Islander.
- Mark Parrish is six points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Miroslav Satan's next PP goal will tie his career-high of 15.
Tuesday, March 7: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Wednesday, March 8: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Thursday, March 9: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Friday, March 10: Morning skate at Nassau Coliseum 10:30 am 11:15 am
Saturday, March 11: Morning skate at TDBanknorth Garden 11:30 am 12:30 am
Sunday, March 12: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 1:00 am-12:30 pm
Monday, March 13: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am-12:30 pm
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Tuesday, March 7 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 10 vs. Toronto, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 at Boston, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 14 at New Jersey, 7:30 pm
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
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers rallied to beat the Norfolk Admirals 2-1 in overtime at home Sunday afternoon to pull within two points of the Admirals in the East Division standings. In the extra frame, forward Jeff Hamilton scored the game-winner at 1:04 when he one-timed his second power-play tally of the game and 20th overall of the season off assists from Bruno Gervais and Collins for the victory.
The Sound Tigers will begin a stretch of seven straight road games when they visit Norfolk this Friday and Saturday, March 10th and 11th. The Sound Tigers' next home game at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard will be on Wednesday, March 29th when they host the Hershey Bears at 7:05 p.m. All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at and can also be watched live on the B2 Networks.

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