It's official: Rick DiPietro will start for the Islanders tonight when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
"I feel good. I'm ready to go," said DiPietro after today's morning skate. "I'm looking forward to the challenege of facing such a high-powered team."
Tonight marks the Long Island debut of Sidney Crosby and the return of Mario Lemieux. It figures to be a special night at the Coliseum. Sebastian Caron gets the start for the Penguins.
The Penguins will visit the Nassau Coliseum again this season on January 26, March 31 and April 15. The Islanders will visit Pittsburgh on November 14, February 4, March 24 and April 17.
The Islanders enter tonight's game with a record of 5-6-0 (10 points, 4Th-Place, Atlantic Division), while the Penguins are 2-5-5 (9 points, 5Th-Place, Atlantic Division). The Islanders will be wrapping up a three-game homestand, while the Penguins will be playing the second game of a five-game road trip. The Islanders are 1-1 on the homestand, losing 6-4 to Buffalo on October 29 and defeating Boston 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday. The Islanders are 4-2 at home, while Pittsburgh is 1-2-3 on the road this season. Both teams won 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday. The Islanders defeated the Bruins at the Nassau Coliseum, while the Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.
ISLANDERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: The Islanders have a career record of 80-69-22-3 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders are 46-30-8-2 and their record on the road in Pittsburgh against the Penguins is 34-39-14-1.
The Penguin's last win at the Coliseum was on February 29, 2004, a 3-2 overtime victory. The Islander's last win over the Penguins at home was on February 18, 2004, a 4-3 victory. In their last five games against the Penguins at home, the Islanders are 4-0-0-1 and 7-1-0-2 in their last 10. Last season, the Islanders were 3-0-2-1 against the Penguins. New York has not lost a season series to Pittsburgh since the 1999-2000 season.
November 1, 2005
New York Islanders 4, Boston Bruins 3 OT
Shawn Bates scored with 28.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at the Nassau Coliseum. Janne Niinimaa recorded a goal and assist and Miroslav Satan added two assists as the Islanders snapped a season-high two-game losing streak. The Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Oleg Kvasha and Niinimaa. Kvasha, who was playing his first game at center, scored his first goal of the season on the first shot of the 52 seconds in to give the Isle's a quick 1-0 lead. It was the third time this season that the islanders have scored on their first shot of the game. Niinimaa increased the lead to 2-0 with his first of the season at 11:56. The Bruins cut the Islander's lead to a goal when former Islander Dave Scatchard scored his third of the season at 15:21. In the second period, the Bruins tied the game on Nick Boynton's second goal of the season at 10:56. The Islanders regained the lead early in the third period on Chris Campoli's third of the year at 4:39. The Bruins rallied late to force overtime as Joe Thornton scored his fourth goal of the season with 1:01 left in regulation to tie the game at 3-3. The Islanders were outshot, 32-23, in the game. It was the seventh time in the last eight games that the Islanders shave been outshot. In his second start of the season, Garth Snow made 29 saves to improve to record to 2-2-0 on the season, while Boston rookie Hannu Toivonen stopped 19 of 23 shots in the loss. The Islanders were 0 for six on the power play, while the Bruins were 0 for 3.
The Islanders have no injuries to report.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 12 games): 15 2003-
04 Total Man-Games Lost (After 12 games): 3
October 14 - The Islanders recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
October 17 - The Islanders reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.
October 27 - The Islanders recalled forward Kevin Colley from Bridgeport.
October 28 - The Islanders reassigned forward Kevin Colley from Bridgeport.
October 31 - The Islanders recalled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport.
November 2 - The Islanders reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to Bridgeport.
STIRLING DOES SOME SHUFFLING
Islanders coach Steve Stirling moved Oleg Kvasha from left wing to center and Alexei Yashin to left wing for Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins. The move paid off in the first minute of the game as Kvasha scored his first goal of the season 52 seconds into the contest to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.
YASHIN STARTS ANOTHER STREAK
After being held scoreless by the New York Rangers on Thursday, high-scoring center Alexei Yashin has recorded a goal and three assists in the last two games. Yashin, who was held pointless for the first time since the second game of the season (October 8 vs. Carolina) last Thursday by the Rangers, has a point in each of the last two games and has recorded a point in 10 of 12 games this season. He leads the team in scoring with 16 points (7+9) in 12 games and has recorded four multiple-point games.Yashin had a seven-game point streak from October 10-25, collecting 11 points (5+6). In addition to his seven-game point streak, 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 1-0-0-0 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.
The Islanders had a record of 5-6-0-0 in the month of October. Last season, the Islanders were 4-3-2-0 in October.
PLAYING AT HOME
The Islanders are 4-2-0 at home this season, scoring 21 goals and allowing 21. The Islanders had their two-game home winning streak snapped with a 6-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on October 29. The six goals were the most allowed by the Islanders at home since the N.Y. Rangers won 6-3 on February 26, 2004.
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 Tuesday 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.
SATAN'S ON FIRE
Right wing Miroslav Satan extended his point streak to two games (1-3-4 totals) with his second straight multiple-point game with of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Satan, who collected two assists against the Bruins, has recorded four multiple-point games in the last five contests and has eight points (4+4) during the stretch. He has recorded 13 points (8+5) and has a point in nine of 12 games this season.
ZHITNIK RACKING UP THE POINTS
Veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik picked up another assist in Tuesday's win over the Bruins. Zhitnik leads the team in assists with 10. He has recorded an assist in seven games this season, including three consecutive multiple-assists games (October 20-25). Zhitnik is third on the team in scoring with 12 points and has recorded a point in nine of 12 games. He has recorded nine (1+8) of his 12 points on the power play. Zhitnik had a season-high five-game point streak with 0-8-8 totals from October 15-25.
BLAKE'S PICKING UP THE PACE
Left wing Jason Blake extended his season-high point streak to four games with an assist in Tuesday's win over the Bruins. Blake has a three-game assist streak and four-game point streak in progress with 1-3-4 totals. He opened the season three goals and one assist in the first four games of the season. Blake then went scoreless in the next two contests, but has recorded five points (2+3) in the last six games. He is fourth on the team in scoring with nine points (5+4) in 12 games.
PLAYING ON THE ROAD
The Islanders are 2-4-0 on the road this season, scoring 17 goals and allowing 22. The Islanders will play seven of their next 10 games on the road. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a 13-18-7-3 record on the road.
LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders are unbeaten in 56 games (48-0-8) when taking a lead into the third period. The streak is the longest active streak in the NHL. 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 5-2 this season when scoring first and 1-4 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. Buffalo, Carolina, Philadelphia, Montreal and the N.Y. Rangers have scored first in games against the Islanders this season, while New York has scored first against Carolina, Washington, the Rangers (twice), Atlanta, Buffalo and Boston. The Islanders have scored first in each of the last three games and are 1-2. 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 were 0-3 on the power play on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. The Islanders have scored a power play goal in nine of 12 games this season. Overall, the Islanders are 13-87 (15.4%) on the power play. In 2003-04, 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 killed off all Boston's six power play chances on Tuesday. Overall, the Islanders have killed off 79 of 97 (81.4%) power play attempts in 12 games this season. The Islanders are ranked 17th in the league in penalty kill. The Islanders have recorded three shorthanded goals this season. Arron Asham scored a shorthanded goal in the Islander's 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 Isle's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on October 8 and Jason Blake scored a short handed tally in the Islander's 5-3 win over Washington on October 13.
SHOTS ON GOAL
The Islanders have been outshot, 410-347, through the first 12 games of the 2005-06 season. The Islanders have been outshot in nine of 12 games this season, including six straight from October 15-27. The Islanders are allowing an average of 34.2 shots per game. They have a record of 5-4 when they have been outshot and have a record of 1-2 in games when they have outshot the opponent. The Islanders have also allowed 40 or more shots in a game twice during the season, and have a record of 1-1.
The Islanders completed their first set of back-to-back games of the season with a sweep of the New York Rangers last week (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.
TOUGH TO BEAT AT HOME
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.
Friday, November 4: Islanders Iceworks, Syosset, N.Y., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5: Game-day skate at Corel Centre, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Game at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 6: Islanders Iceworks, Syosset, N.Y., 10 -11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 7: Game-day skate at Continental Airlines Arena, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Game at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8: Flyers Skate Zone, Vorhees, N.J., TBA
Thursday, November 9: Game-day skate at Wachovia Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Game at Philadelphia, 7p.m.
Friday, November 10: Islanders Iceworks, Syosset, N.Y., 12-2 p.m.
Saturday, November 11: Game-day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10-11:15 a.m., Game vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 12: Islanders Iceworks, Syosset, N.Y., 10-11:30 a.m.
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (NEXT 10 GAMES)
Saturday, November 5 at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 vs. Boston, 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.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS UPDATE
The Islander's AHL affiliate, the The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, lost their four consecutive game last night, losing 3-2 to the Norfolk Admirals before a crowd of 2,251 at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Bruno Gervais and Wyatt Smith led the Sound Tigers with a goal and an assist each and goaltender Chris Madden stopped 43 of 46 shots in the loss. Smith extended his point streak to four games. After missing the first four games of the season with an ankle injury, Smith has recorded a point in the last four games and has a four-game assist streak and point streak in progress with 1-4-5 totals. The Sound Tigers (2-5-0-1) begin a strecth of three games in three nights when they host the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings) on Friday at 7:35 p.m. at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The Islanders have a total attendance of 77,568 after six games at Nassau Coliseum, for an average of 12,928 (79.6% capacity) with one sellout. Last season after six games at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders had a total attendance of 73,598, an average of 12,266 (75.6% capacity) with one sellout.