7:00 pm, FSN (for Howie, Joe & Deb), Bloomberg 1130 (for JW and Kinger)
Islanders head coach Brad Shaw made a point at practice at Iceworks on Monday to have his team ready for Tuesday night's game. A scheduling quirk presented the coach with a rare obstacle.
If and when NHL players get a day off mid-season, it is when a game is not scheduled for Sunday. Shaw gave the Islanders off on Sunday, but it was the extra time on Saturday that had him concerned. The Devils game in the Meadowlands on Saturday was a unique noon start.
"The players had a day off, but it was really more like a day and a half off with the early start on Saturday," said Shaw. "We paid close to attention to certain things, especially skating, so that we'd be ready for Tuesday night."
The Devils are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Rangers at MSG on Sunday night, their first loss after nine consecutive wins. The Islanders, who have played well of late but are complete dissatisfied with the final results, are looking to build momentum and close the gap in their playoff deficit with three weeks to go before the Olympic break.
January 21, 2006
New Jersey 3, Islanders 2 (F/SO)
Zach Parise scored the determining goal in the shootout as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Islanders 3-2 on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The Islanders rallied from a 0-2 deficit in the third period with goals from Miroslav Satan and Mark Parrish. Rick DiPietro made 35 saves on 37 shots in the losing effort.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 34 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 47 games): 105
2005-06 NEW YORK ISLANDERS MAN-GAMES LOST
Hip Strain (4), Hamstring Strain (12)
Concussion (2), Bruised Ribs (3)
Concussion (1), Bruised Knee (1), Sprained Knee (5)
Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (34)
Total Games Missed:
*Denotes currently on Injured Reserve.
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
January 20 Reassigned defenseman Bruno Gervais to Bridgeport (AHL).
January 16 Recalled forward Jeff Hamilton from Bridgeport 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.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
GoalsÂ¦ Mark Parrish, Miroslav Satan - 18
AssistsÂ¦ Alexei Yashin 25
PointsÂ¦ Alexei Yashin 41
Penalty MinutesÂ¦ Arron Asham 86
Plus/MinusÂ¦ Jason Blake +4
Game-Winning GoalsÂ¦ Shawn Bates, Mark Parrish 4
Power Play GoalsÂ¦ Mark Parrish - 11
Power Play AssistsÂ¦ Alexei Zhitnik 15
Power Play PointsÂ¦ Alexei Zhitnik 18
ShotsÂ¦ Jason Blake 166
Shooting PercentageÂ¦ Mark Parrish 24.0%
Time on IceÂ¦ Alexei Zhitnik 24:11 per game
HitsÂ¦ Trent Hunter 130
Tonight's game is the 172nd regular season meeting and 178th meeting all-time between the Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders currently lead the all-time series 93-53-22-3. At the Coliseum, the Islanders have a 53-18-11-0 record versus the Devils. This is the fourth 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: 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
** Today ** 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
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 130, while Arron Asham is in fifth with 124. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 89. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 879 hits against their opponents this season. In Saturday's game, Asham led the team with four hits.
ISLANDERS IN JANUARY
The Islanders have a 3-6-1 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.
JANUARY AT A GLANCE
at New Jersey
L 2-3 (F/SO)
* The Islanders have two overtime victories, three shootout victories and two shootout losses. They have not yet lost in overtime. See below for details.
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 10-11-1 at home this season, scoring 62 goals and allowing 81. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders lost to the Vancouver Canucks 8-1 on Jan. 12. After tonight's game, the Islanders next game at home is Jan. 26 versus Pittsburgh.
MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM
THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- New Jersey was 1-3 on the power play against the Islanders on Saturday afternoon.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 241 of 302 (79.9%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 25th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is 11th in the league with a percentage of 82.5, 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' POWER PLAY
- The Islanders were 1-4 on the power play versus at New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.
- They are 48-279 (17.2%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 18th in the NHL. On the road, the power play is ranked 13th in the league with a conversion rate of 17.2 percent. At home, they rank 22nd in the league with a conversion rate of 17.2 percent.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 32 of 47 games this season.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 14-8-1 this season when scoring first and 6-15-2 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
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 1,545-1,400, through 47 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 32 of 47 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.9 shots per game while taking 29.8 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 4-9-2 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.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
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.
DECIDED BY THE SHOOTOUT
The Islanders have participated in six shootouts this season and have an overall record of 3-3 and are 1-1 at the Coliseum. Rick DiPietro has been the Islanders goaltender in each shootout.
The most recent shootout occurred on Jan. 21 at New Jersey. The Devils' Zach Parise scored the determining goal for New Jersey. The shootout saw five attempts for each team with Miroslav Satan converting for the Islanders. DiPietro stopped thee of five shooters.
On Dec. 10th, the Islanders defeated Edmonton as Alexei Yashin and Trent Hunter (determining goal) scored for the Islanders. DiPietro stopped two of three Oilers shooters for the win.
On Dec. 8th, the Islanders lost in the shootout for the second time this season. Yashin, Satan and Mike York all missed fired on their attempts. DiPietro stopped two of three shooters with Columbus' David Vyborny scoring the determining goal
On Nov. 23, the Islanders lost their first shootout since its inception dropping the decision to the Buffalo Sabres at the Coliseum. Ales Kotalik (determining goal) and Tim Connolly scored against DiPietro, while Yashin and Jason Blake failed on their attempts for the Islanders.
The Islanders shootout victory over the Penguins on Nov. 14 was the second longest so far in the NHL this season. Eighteen shooters were used by both teams, which at the time set a new standard in the inaugural season for the shootout. Blake netted the determining goal against goaltender Jocelyn Thibault and DiPietro stopped seven of nine Penguin shooters, including rookie Ryan Whitney to seal the win.
The team's first shoot out victory came against the New York Rangers in a 3-2 decision at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 19. In that contest, Satan scored the only shootout goal against Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Jason Blake is seven points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is eight games away from his 400th NHL game.
- Mattias Weinhandl is one game away from his 200th NHL game.
- Alexei Yashin is one assist away from his 400th NHL assist.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
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
Sunday, January 29: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, January 30: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, January 31: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am 11:15 am
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
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
Tuesday, February 28 vs. Montreal, 7:00 pm
STUDENT & MILITARY SAVINGS PROGRAM
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.