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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
7:00 PM, FSN2, BLOOMBERG 1130 AM

As the Islanders honor their 1980 Stanley Cup team, when the puck drops tonight, today's team will be looking towards the next. But before that can happen, today's Islanders need as many points as they can get to jump into the playoff race.

Currently sitting eight points out, the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm for the March of the Champions. The pre-game ceremony commences at 7:00 pm followed by Islanders-Flyers hockey.

Tonight's game can catch the game on FSN2 with Howie and Joe or on the radio at Bloomberg 1130AM with John and Kinger.

Here are you game notes:

- Eric Godard (viral infection) is listed as day-to-day and has missed four games.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 45 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.

Total Man-Games Lost (After 58 games): 137

March 3 - Reassigned forwards Rob Collins and Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport (AHL).
March 2 - Recalled forwards Rob Collins and Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport.
February 23 - Recalled defenseman Joel Bouchard and forwards Robert Nilsson and Wyatt Smith to Bridgeport.
February 12 - Reassigned defenseman Joel Bouchard and forwards Robert Nilsson and Wyatt Smith to Bridgeport.
February 8 - Recalled forward Robert Nilsson from Bridgeport.
February 5 - Recalled goaltender Garth Snow and center Wyatt Smith from Bridgeport. Reassigned goaltender Wade Dubielewicz and center Jeremy Colliton to Bridgeport.

March 2, 2006
Islanders 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (F/SO)

Miroslav Satan (determining goal) and Trent Hunter scored in the shootout while Rick DiPietro blanked both Devils shooters as the Islanders defeated New Jersey 3-2 at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. Brent Sopel and Jason Blake scored the Islanders in regulation as DiPietro stopped 26 of 28 shots. The Islanders fired off 40 shots on Martin Brodeur.

Goals - Miroslav Satan - 26
Assists - Mike York - 32
Points - Alexei Yashin - 48
Penalty Minutes - Arron Asham - 99
Plus/Minus - Jason Blake, Joel Bouchard, Alexei Zhitnik  +1
Game-Winning Goals - Mark Parrish - 5
Power Play Goals - Miroslav Satan - 14
Power Play Assists - Alexei Yashin - 18
Power Play Points - Alexei Yashin - 24
Shots - Jason Blake - 210
Shooting Percentage - Mark Parrish - 23.4%
Time on Ice - Alexei Zhitnik - 24:33
Per game Hits - Trent Hunter - 169

Tonight's game is the 199th all-time regular season meeting between the Islanders and Flyers and 224th meeting, including playoffs. The Islanders have a lifetime record of 80-92-26-0 versus the Flyers all-time in the regular season. At the Coliseum, the Islanders have a 50-34-15-0 record.

So far in 2005-06, the Islanders have dropped four of the five games to the Flyers. The first meeting between the clubs was on Oct. 15, which the Flyers won 5-1. The second meeting was on Nov. 10 and the Flyers prevailed again 3-2. The Islanders then won 4-2 on Nov. 26 before falling to them 4-3 on Nov. 29. The most recent game was on Feb. 8 in Philadelphia, which the Islanders dropped 5-2.

Did You Know?
Bobby Nystrom scored at 7:11 in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Six of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals. The goal clinched the Islanders first of four consecutive Stanley Cups.

2005-06 Season Series:
October, 15, 2005: Philadelphia 5, Islanders 1 - Wachovia Center

November 10, 2005: Philadelphia 3, Islanders 2 - Wachovia Center

November 26, 2005: Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2 - Wachovia Center

November 29, 2005: Philadelphia 4, Islanders 3  - Nassau Coliseum

February 8, 2006: Philadelphia 5, Islanders 2 - Wachovia Center

** TONIGHT ** March 4, 2006: Nassau Coliseum - 7:00 PM

April 2, 2006: Nassau Coliseum - 7:00 PM

April 18, 2006: Nassau Coliseum - 7:00 PM

Tonight the Islanders will honor their 1980 Stanley Cup team in pre-game ceremony. The celebration of the Islanders victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on May 24, 1980 is set begin at 7:00 pm, followed by the regular season matchup between the 2005-06 Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.

Before the excitement at the Coliseum, there will be a pre-ceremony procession -- "The Walk of Champions" -- from the Long Island Marriott to the Nassau Coliseum beginning at 6:00 pm.

At that time, the "Architect," GM Bill Torrey will emerge from the Marriott and on to the Coliseum Plaza, followed by legendary coach Al Arbour, and then Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald, trainer Ron Waske and the players from the 1980 championship team. The players -- Bossy, Trottier, Smitty, Gillies, Nystrom, Tonelli, Goring, Sutter, Persson and so on -- will parade in numerical order. Captain Denis Potvin will be last, holding the Stanley Cup.

Miroslav Satan will always remember March 2, 2006. Earlier in the day, he witnessed his first child being born as he and his wife Ingrid welcomed Baby Miroslav into the word at roughly 9:40 am. A few hours later, and through a snowstorm in New York, he flew back down and arrived at the Nassau Coliseum at roughly 5:00 pm. But the day didn't end there.

Satan was clutch once again as he netted the determining goal in the shootout against the Devils at 9:40 pm, almost exactly 12 hours after his son was born. After talking to reporter for about 20 minutes after the game, he told the Islanders staff, "I'm going to sleep."

For those scoring at home, Baby Miro weighed in at 7 lbs 13 oz and was 21 inches long. The Satan's were named the No. 1 star of the game.

Congratulations, Miro!

Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 169, while Arron Asham is fifth with 158. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 116. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,112 hits against their opponents this season. In Thursday's game vs. New Jersey, Hunter led the team with five hits.

On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers.
Hunter led the way with a team and personal season-high nine hits.

The Islanders opened up the March portion of their schedule on a good note, defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in the shootout. They now have a record of 1-0-0 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 are 13-14-2 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the New Jersey Devils in the shootout 3-2 on Thursday, March 2. Following tonight's game, the Islander's next home game is on March 7 vs. New Jersey.

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. The Islanders next road game is Monday, March 6 at Washington.

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 have five back-to-back games scheduled this month. The first is later this week on March 6-7 when the team travels to Washington for the first game and comes back home versus New Jersey for the second game. 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.

The Islanders lost for the first time in overtime this season when they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 at the Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 6. They now have a record of 3-1 when the game is decided in the extra session. In the first game that ended in overtime, Shawn Bates scored the game-winning goal with 28.2 seconds left to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Nov. 1 at the Coliseum. In the second game, Mark Parrish scored at the 2:15 mark of the extra session to give the Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 4 at the Coliseum. In the third, Oleg Kvasha scored at the 3:02 mark of the extra session to the give the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 17 at the United Center.

The Islanders are 8-4 in overtime/shootout (three overtime victories, five shootout victories, one overtime loss and three shootout losses) this season.

The Islanders have participated in nine shootouts this season and have an overall record of 6-3 and are 3-1 at the Coliseum. Miroslav Satan has scored four determining goals with five overall for the Islanders and Rick DiPietro has been the netminder in eight of the nine shootouts with a record of 5-3.

The most recent shootout occurred on March 2 when Satan (determining goal) and Trent Hunter scored and Rick DiPietro turned away two Devils shooters for the win.

On Feb. 4 at Pittsburgh, Satan (determining goal) and Trent Hunter scored and Rick DiPietro turned away two Penguins shooters for the win.

On Jan. 26 vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Wade Dubielewicz stopped all three Penguins shooters while Satan netted the determining goal.

On Jan. 21 at New Jersey, the Devils Zach Parise scored the determining goal for the Devils. The shootout saw five attempts for each team with 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 miss 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 combined shooters were used by the 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.

- The New Jersey Devils were 0-3 on the power play against the Islanders on Thursday, March 2.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 278 of 359 (78.3%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 27th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is 18th in the league with a percentage of 81.1, while at home they are ranked 29th in the league with a percentage of 75.4.
- 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 were 2-4 on the power play against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, March 2.
- They are 61-331 (18.4%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 10th in the NHL. On the road, the power play is ranked seventh in the league with a conversion rate of 18.8 percent. At home, they rank 17th in the league with a conversion rate of 18.1 percent.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 40 of 58 games this season.

The Islanders are 19-8-1 this season when scoring first and 7-19-3 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, 1,861-1,752, through 58 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 37 of 58 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.1 shots per game while taking
30.2 shots on goal per game. Sixteen of the team's 26 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 18 times this season and have a record of 15-2-1. 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).

Every month, Islanders fans along with H.L. Gross & Brothers Jewelers select the Islander of the Month. Brent Sopel was named the Player of the Month for February. In six games, Sopel had six points, all of which were assists.

October - Alexei Yashin
November - Jason Blake
December -  Mike York
January - Miroslav Satan
February - Brent Sopel 

When the Islanders unloaded a season-high 51 shots on goal and let up a season-high 44 shots on goal last Saturday night at Boston, they set a new franchise record for most combined shots in a game with 95. The previous record of 94 set on Oct. 12, 1993 at Los Angeles. The Islanders recorded 43 shots on goal and the Kings recorded 51.

- Shawn Bates is three assists away from his 100th as an Islander.
- 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 eight points away from his 200th as an Islander.

Sunday, March 5: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, March 6: Morning skate at MCI Center 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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

NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Monday, March 6 at Washington, 7:00 pm
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



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