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GAME PREVIEW: Toronto at Islanders

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

The trade deadline has come and gone and when the Islanders take the ice tonight, they'll be some new faces on the bench. Newly acquired D Denis Grebeshkov and LW Jeff Tambellini will make their Islanders debuts when the Orange & Blue host the Toronto Maples Leafs at the Nassau Coliseum.

After practicing yesterday, head coach Brad Shaw said Mike York and Alexei Zhitnik will start wearing the "A" on their jerseys tonight.

Also, US Olympian figure skater and Long Islands' own Emily Hughes will be in attendance tonight and will drop the ceremonial puck.

Here are you game notes:

- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 47 games. He's currently on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Nov. 3, 2005.

Total Man-Games Lost (After 61 games): 149

March 9 Traded defenseman Brad Lukowich to New Jersey for their third round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Traded forward Oleg Kvasha to Phoenix for their third round draft selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
March 8 Acquired defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, forward Jeff Tambellini and a conditional third round draft pick in the 2006 NHL entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Mark Parrish and defenseman Brent Sopel.
March 7 Signed defenseman Radek Martinek to a two-year contract extension. Activated Eric Godard from the Injured Reserve.
March 6 Signed center Shawn Bates to a three-year contract extension.
March 4 Announced right wing Mattias Weinhandl was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Wild and recalled forward Sean Bergenheim from Bridgeport (AHL).

Goals... Miroslav Satan 26
Assists... Alexei Yashin, Mike York 33
Points... Alexei Yashin 51
Penalty Minutes... John Erksine 109
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake +3
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 14
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 20
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 26
Shots... Jason Blake 221
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 17.5%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:31 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 182


LAST GAME: December 19, 2005 Islanders 6, Toronto 9
LAST GAME AT COLISEUM: December 27, 2003 Islanders 3, Toronto 3
NEXT GAME: April 5, 2006 at American Airlines Centre
CURRENT STREAK: Toronto, 3 wins

2005-06 Season Series:
December 19, 2005: L 6-9 at American Airlines Centre
** TONIGHT ** March 10, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
April 5, 2006: at American Airlines Centre 7:30 pm
April 13, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm

After recently completing their fifth back-to-back series of the season earlier in the week, the Islanders begin their sixth tonight versus Toronto. After tonight's game, the Islanders charter up to Boston for a game versus the Bruins tomorrow night.

The team plays a total of five back-to-back games this month, with three more left in March (following the conclusion of their current set). The Islanders are scheduled to play 10 sets of back-to-back games during the 2005-06 regular season.

The Islanders have a record of 2-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 3-2-0 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.

First Game


Second Game


Oct. 19 at NY Rangers

W 3-2 (F/SO)

Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers

W 5-4

Nov. 16 at Atlanta

W 7-3

Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay

L 2-3

Nov. 25 vs. Ottawa

L 2-6

Nov. 26 at Philadelphia

W 4-2

Jan. 6 at Carolina

L 1-4

Jan. 7 vs. Carolina

L 0-3

March 6 at Washington

L 2-5

March 7 vs. New Jersey

W 2-1 (F/SO)

March 10 vs. Toronto


March 11 at Boston

7:00 PM

March 16 at Atlanta

7:00 PM

March 17 at Florida

7:00 PM

March 24 at Pittsburgh

7:00 PM

March 25 vs. Atlanta

7:00 PM

March 28 at Montreal

7:30 PM

March 29 vs. NY Rangers

7:00 PM

April 5 at Toronto

7:30 PM

April 6 at NY Rangers

7:30 PM

The Islanders have a record of 3-1-0 in the month of March. 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 15-14-2 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in the shootout on Tuesday, March 7. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game is on March 21 vs. Montreal.

The Islanders have a road record of 13-15-2 this season. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders loss to the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday, March 6. The Islanders' next road game is Saturday, March 11 at Boston.

The Islanders longest road trip of the season is a five-game set that begins tomorrow Boston. They'll also face Atlanta, Florida, New Jersey and Tampa Bay.

Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter are clutch in the shootout. Satan is third in the NHL with six shootout goals and is tied for second with four determining goals. He is also tied for second in the NHL with a shooting percentage of 75.0% in the shootout (of shooters with more than two attempts). Satan is also five-for-five when leading off the shootout for the Islanders and is three-for-three versus the New Jersey Devil's Martin Brodeur.

Hunter has been almost as successfully with five goals in the shootout and two determining goals. He's converted 71.4% of his attempts, putting him in a tie for sixth place in the NHL (of shooters with more than two attempts). 

The Islanders have participated in ten shootouts this season and have an overall record of 7-3 and are 4-1 at the Coliseum. The Islanders have the second most shootout wins in the NHL with seven and also have the second most shootout wins at home with four. Miroslav Satan has scored four determining goals with six overall. Rick DiPietro has been the netminder in nine of the ten shootouts with a record of 6-3. DiPietro is second in the NHL in shootout wins with six.

The most recent shootout occurred on March 7 when Satan and Trent Hunter (determining goal) scored and DiPietro turned away two of three New Jersey Devils shooters for the win.

On March 2, Satan (determining goal) and Hunter scored for the Islanders and DiPietro turned away both New Jersey 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 Devil's 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 Columbu's 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 Ranger's goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

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 10-4 in overtime/shootout (three overtime victories, seven shootout victories, one overtime loss and three shootout losses) this season.

Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 182, while Arron Asham is fifth with 161. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 125. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,173 hits against their opponents this season. In Tuesday's game vs. New Jersey, Shawn Bates led the team with four hits.

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

The Islanders are 19-8-1 this season when scoring first and 9-20-3 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, 1,946-1,850, through 61 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 38 of 61 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 31.9 shots per game while taking 30.3 shots on goal per game. Seventeen of the team's 28 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 17-18-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 10-11-3 in games when they've out-shot the opponent. The Islanders are 1-0-0 in games where they tie their opponent's 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).

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.

- Shawn Bates is two assists away from his 100th as an Islander.
- Shawn Bates is six games away from his 400th NHL game.
- Jason Blake is two goals away from tying his career-high of 25.
- Eric Godard is five games away from his 100th NHL game.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from his 100th NHL power play goal.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from tying his career-high of 15.

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
Tuesday, March 14: Morning skate at Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 am 12:30 am
Wednesday, March 15: Practice at Atlanta Thrashers practice facility Time TBD
Thursday, March 16: Morning skate at Phillips Arena 11:30 am 12:30 am
Friday, March 17: Morning skate at Bank Atlantic Center 11:30 am 12:30 am

NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
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
Tuesday, March 28 at Montreal, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 29 vs. New York Rangers, 7:00 pm


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