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GAME PREVIEW: Tampa Bay at Islanders

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

The Islanders have made two roster moves heading into tonight's showdown with the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Wade Dubielewicz and Jeremy Colliton have been returned to Bridgeport, while veteran forward Wyatt Smith has been recalled. After leading Bridgeport to a 4-1 win over Providence in a conditioning stint on Saturday night, Garth Snow has been activated for tonight's game.

The Islanders have three crucial games this week before the Olympic break, all against top opponents -- Tampa Bay, at Philadelphia on Wednesday and at New Jersey. It is not an overstatement to say these are the Islanders' biggest games of the year.

One broadcast note: This game was originally set to air on OLN, but will now be on FSN with Howie Rose, Joe Micheletti and Stan Fischler.

February 4, 2006
Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4 (F/SO)

For the third time this season, the Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the shootout. Miroslav Satan scored a hat trick and netted the determining goal as the Islanders beat the Penguins 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. Rick DiPietro made 40 saves 44 shots for the win. Chris Campoli also scored for the Islanders in regulation. Brent Sopel and Mike York each had two assists.
Tonight's game is the 54th regular season meeting and 59th meeting all-time between the Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Islanders currently lead the regular season all-time series 25-24-3-1. On Long Island, the Islanders hold a 13-12-1-0 edge over the Lightning. This is the third of four meetings between the teams this season.
Did You Know?
Alexei Yashin leads all Islanders skaters with 42 points (17+25) in 38 career games versus the Lightning. Dave Andreychuk leads all Lightning skaters with 54 points (28+26) in 72 career games with the Islanders.
2005-06 Season Series:
November 17, 2005: Tampa Bay 3, Islanders 2 St. Pete Times Forum
January 2, 2006: Tampa Bay 2, Islanders 1 Nassau Coliseum
**TONIGHT** February 6, 2006: Nassau Coliseum 7:00 PM
March 19, 2006: St. Pete Times Forum 5:00 PM
- Kevin Colley (neck) was injured on Jan. 31 and is out indefinitely.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 38 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.
- Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) was injured on Jan. 31 and is listed as day-to-day. He has missed two games.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 53 games): 121  

Arron Asham 1 Rib Muscle
Shawn Bates 16 Hip Strain (4), Hamstring Strain (12)
Jason Blake 5 Concussion (2), Bruised Ribs (3)
Kevin Colley 13 Knee Sprain (11), Neck (2)
Rick DiPietro 7 Concussion (1), Bruised Knee (1), Sprained Knee (5)
Oleg Kvasha 12 Ankle
Brad Lukowich 3 Strained Ribs
Petteri Nokelainen* 41 Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (40)
Mark Parrish 4 Hip Strain
Garth Snow 14 Knee Sprain
Brent Sopel 3 Sprained Wrist
Alexei Zhitnik 2 Ankle Sprain
Total Games Missed: 121  

*Denotes currently on Injured Reserve.      
February 5 Recalled goaltender Garth Snow from Bridgeport (AHL).
February 4 Assigned goaltender Garth Snow to Bridgeport on a conditioning assignment.
February 1 Recalled center Jeremy Colliton from Bridgeport.

Goals... Miroslav Satan 23
Assists... Mike York 29
Points... Alexei Yashin 45
Penalty Minutes... Arron Asham 90
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake, Alexei Zhitnik +2
Game-Winning Goals... Mark Parrish 5
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 13
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 16
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 22
Shots... Jason Blake 193
Shooting Percentage... Mark Parrish 23.9%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:16 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 154

Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 154, while Arron Asham is in fifth with 149. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 104. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,014 hits against their opponents this season. In Saturday's game, Lukowich led all Islanders 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 have a 1-1-0 record in the month of February. Due to the Olympic Break from Feb. 12-28, the team will play a total of six games, three at home and three on the road.

Date Time Opponent Result/Location
2/2 7:00 NY Rangers L 5-2
2/4 2:00 Pittsburgh W/SO 5-4
2/6 7:00 Tampa Bay Nassau Coliseum
2/8 7:00 Philadelphia Comcast Center
2/11 1:00 New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena
2/28 7:00 Montreal Nassau Coliseum



Win Loss OTL
Oct. 5 6 0
Nov. 7 6 1
Dec. 5 6 1
Jan. 6 7 1
Feb. 1 1 0
Totals 24 26 3

The Islanders are 12-13-1 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders lost to the New York Rangers 5-2 on Thursday, Feb. 2. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game isn't until after the Olympic Break on Feb. 28 vs. Montreal.

Win Loss OTL
Oct. 3 2 0
Nov. 2 3 1
Dec. 3 3 0
Jan. 2 4 0
Feb. 0 1 0
Totals 12 13 1

- The Pittsburgh Penguins were 4-11 on the power play against the Islanders on Saturday afternoon.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 261 of 333 (78.1%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 29th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is 12th in the league with a percentage of 81.4, while at home they are ranked 30th in the league with a percentage of 74.7.
- 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 3-5 on the power play against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon.
- They are 55-307 (17.9%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 19th in the NHL. On the road, the power play is ranked 13th in the league with a conversion rate of 18.2 percent. At home, they rank 17th in the league with a conversion rate of 17.6 percent.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 36 of 53 games this season.
The Islanders are 17-8-1 this season when scoring first and 7-17-2 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.
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 1,733-1,593, through 53 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 35 of 53 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.7 shots per game while taking 30.1 shots on goal per game. Sixteen of the team's 24 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 16-17-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 7-9-2 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 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 17 times this season and have a record of 14-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout five times (at Rangers, Oct. 19, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, vs. Edmonton, Dec. 10, vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 26 and at Pittsburgh, Feb. 4). The two losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).
The Islanders have participated in eight shootouts this season and have an overall record of 5-3 and are 2-1 at the Coliseum. Miroslav Satan has scored three determining goals with four overall for the Islanders and Rick DiPietro has been the netminder in seven of the eight shootouts with a record of 4-3.
The most recent shootout occurred 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 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. 

Aaron Asham 1 0 0
Shawn Bates 2 1 0
Jason Blake 4 1 1
Trent Hunter 4 3 1
Robert Nilsson 1 0 0
Mark Parrish 2 0 0
Miroslav Satan 6 4 3
Alexei Yashin 7 1 0
Mike York 2 0 0
TOTALS 29 10 5


Rick DiPietro 10/10 at NYR 3 0 W
  11/14 at PIT 9 2 W
  11/23 vs. BUF 3 2 L
  12/08 at CMB 2 1 L
  12/10 vs. EDM 3 1 W
  1/21 at NJD 5 2 L
  2/4 at PIT 2 0 W
DiPietro Totals   27 8 4-3
Wade Dubielewicz 1/26 vs. PIT 3 0 W
Dubielewicz Totals   3 0 1-0













The Islanders have not lost in overtime this season. In the most recent game decided in overtime, 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. 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.
The Islanders are 8-3 in overtime/shootout (three overtime victories, five shootout victories and three shootout losses) this season.
Jason Blake, Rick DiPietro and Mark Parrish were named to Team USA for the upcoming 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. This is the first time each of the three players will be representing their home country in Olympic play. In September 2004, Blake and DiPietro played for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey. Parrish has represented the United States in three World Championships (1998, 2001 & 2005), while DiPietro has played in two World Championships (2001 & 2005). Blake has made one appearance at the World Championships (2000).
Miroslav Satan is heading back to the Olympics for the third time and will suit up for Team Slovakia in Italy. Also returning to the Olympics is center Alexei Yashin and defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. For Yashin this will also be his third Olympics after playing for Team Russia in 1998 and 2002. The 2006 games will also be Zhitnik's third tour with Team Russia and first since 1998. He chose not to join the team at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. Yashin has won Olympic Silver (1998) and Bronze (2002), while Zhitnik has won Silver (1998) and Gold (1992).
Every month, Islanders fans along with H.L. Gross & Brothers Jewelers select the Islander of the Month. Winger Miroslav Satan was named the Player of the Month for January. In fourteen games, Satan had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) and a +4 plus/minus rating.

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

- Jason Blake is two points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is two games away from his 400th NHL game.
Tuesday, February 7: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, February 8: Game day skate at Comcast Center, 10:30 am 11:15 am
Thursday, February 9: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Friday, February 10: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, February 11: No Morning Skate
Sunday, February 12 February 22: No practices due to Olympics
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
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
Thursday, March 2 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 4 vs. Philadelphia, 7:00 pm
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
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Providence Bruins 4-1 at home on Saturday. Rob Collins set a new franchise scoring record with 137 points. Garth Snow, on a conditioning assignment, made 29 saves for the win. Rob Collins, Bruno Gervais, Matt Koalska and Robert Nilsson scored for the Sound Tigers. The previous all-time scoring title for Bridgeport was held by Trent Hunter, who was a Sound Tiger from 2001 through 2003.
The Sound Tigers return to action when they host the Lowell Lock Monsters on Friday, Feb.10th at 7:35 pm. All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at and televised live on the B2 Networks. For more information, logon to
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. 

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