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GAME PREVIEW: Vancouver at Islanders

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
7:00 pm, FSN (with Howie and Patrick Flatley); Bloomberg 1130

You can expect the same Islanders lineup from Thursday when they face the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. But can the same effort be expected?
That is the question facing the Islanders as they look to start Brad Shaw's tenure as head coach at 2-0. For 60 minutes in the win two days ago against Calgary, the Islanders buzzed, drove to the net, blocked shots and stood up for each other. In a sport where you're always proving something, the Islanders need to show Thursday wasn't just a one-night stand.
"I was proud of the effort of all the guys," Shaw said after practice at the Coliseum on Friday. "That was the team we thought we'd see from Game One this season. Our job is to make sure there is a carryover effect."
On the FSN broadcast, former Islanders captain Patrick Flatley returns for his second game. Flatley will fill in when Joe Micheletti -- for our cable bill, the best color commentator in the business -- is on Olympic and NBC business. Joe is in rehearsals this week for NBC's Olympic coverage.
Before we present the game notes, a complete shout-out to the fans who made it to the Coliseum on Thursday night. True, it was far from the biggest crowd of the season, but it was arguably the loudest. Don't think for a second that you didn't play a big part in giving the Islanders energy when they needed it in the third period. Just like the effort from the team, the Islanders need a similar boost from the fans on Saturday night and beyond.

January 12, 2006
Islanders 3, Calgary 2

Miroslav Satan factored into all three Islanders goals with a goal and two assists as the Islanders were victorious in Brad Shaw's debut as Islanders head coach on Thursday night at the Coliseum. The win was just second for the Islanders in 10 games. Mark Parrish netted the game-winner ay the 12:16 mark of the third, while Rick DiPietro returned to the ice and stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win. Trent Hunter scored the other Islander goal.
- Defenseman Brad Lukowich (strained ribs) was injured on Jan. 7 and is listed day-to-day.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 30 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 43 games): 96   

January 12 Activated goaltender Rick DiPietro from the injured reserve and assigned goaltender Frederic Cloutier and forward Jeff Hamilton to the Bridgeport (AHL).
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.
January 9 Activated center Kevin Colley from the Injured Reserve. Recalled forward Sean Bergenheim. Placed goaltenders Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow on the Injured Reserve retroactive of Dec. 30 and Jan. 4, respectively.
January 5 Signed goaltender Frederic Cloutier.
January 2 Recalled forward Jeff Hamilton and goaltender Wade Dubielewicz from Bridgeport (AHL). Re-assigned center Wyatt Smith to Bridgeport.
Goals¦ Jason Blake, Miroslav Satan - 17
Assists¦ Alexei Yashin 24
Points¦ Alexei Yashin 39
Penalty Minutes¦ Arron Asham 80
Plus/Minus¦ Jason Blake +3
Game-Winning Goals¦ Shawn Bates, Mark Parrish 4
Power Play Goals¦ Mark Parrish - 10
Power Play Assists¦ Alexei Zhitnik 15
Power Play Points¦ Alexei Zhitnik 17
Shots¦ Jason Blake 146
Shooting Percentage¦ Mark Parrish 30.6%
Time on Ice¦ Alexei Zhitnik 23:55 per game
Hits¦ Trent Hunter 116
Tonight's game is the 95th regular season and 101st all-time meeting between the two teams. The Islanders currently lead the all-time series 47-34-13-0. At the Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders hold a 25-11-10-0 edge over the Canucks.
The last time the teams met, the Islanders defeated Vancouver 5-4 in overtime on February 2, 2004 at the Nassau Coliseum. Rick DiPietro got the win over Johan Hedberg. This is the only meeting between the squads this season.
Did You Know?
The Islanders haven't lost at home to Vancouver since March 14, 1998 when the Canucks beat them 6-2. Since then, the Islanders have a 3-0-2-0 record against Vancouver in five games.
2005-06 Season Series:
Tonight - January 14, 2005: Nassau Coliseum 7:00 PM
Less then 24 hours after he accepted to the position, Brad Shaw won in his NHL head coaching debut on Thursday night versus Calgary. Shaw took over from Steve Stirling, who was relieved on Thursday morning.
The 41-year old Shaw spent the previous three seasons as the head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League. In 2004-05, he led Cincinnati to a record of 44-31-4-1. Prior to his stop in Cincinnati, Shaw was the head coach of Detroit of the former IHL, an assistant coach with Springfield in the AHL and an NHL assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999-2000.
US Olympians Jason Blake and Rick DiPietro returned to the lineup on Thursday night. Blake was injured on Jan. 4 and missed three games with bruised ribs while DiPietro was injured on Dec. 30 and missed the previous five games.
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is fourth in the league in hits with 116, while Arron Asham is in fifth with 104. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 83. In Thursday's game versus Calgary, Kevin Colley led the team in hits with seven.
The Islanders have a 2-4 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. 

1/2 7:00 PM Tampa Bay L 1-2
1/4 7:00 PM Florida W/OT 4-3
1/6 7:00 PM at Carolina L 1-4
1/7 7:00 PM Carolina L 0-3
1/10 8:00 PM at Nashville L 1-2
1/12 7:00 PM Calgary W 3-2
1/14 7:00 PM Vancouver Nassau Coliseum
1/17 7:30 PM at Chicago United Center
1/19 7:00 PM at Carolina RBC Center
1/21 12:00 PM at New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena 
1/24 7:00 PM New Jersey Nassau Coliseum
1/26 7:00 PM Pittsburgh Nassau Coliseum

The Islanders are 10-10-1 at home this season, scoring 62 goals and allowing 74. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Thursday night. Following tonight's game, the Islanders next game at home is Jan. 24 versus New Jersey.
The Islanders have lost their last five road games with the most recent defeat occurring at Nashville on Jan. 10. They also lost at Toronto on Dec. 19, at Buffalo on Dec. 26, at Ottawa on Dec. 30 and at Carolina on Jan. 6. In their last 10 road games, the Islanders have a record of 4-5-1. The Islanders next road game is on Tuesday at Chicago.
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.
- Calgary was 1-5 on the power play against the Islanders on Thursday night.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 222 of 284 (80.6%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders have allowed 14 power play goals in the last 10 games (58 chances).
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 25th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is seventh in the league with a percentage of 83.4, while at home they are ranked 29th in the league with a percentage of 77.7.
- 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 1-5 on the power play versus Calgary on Thursday night.
- They are 45-258 (17.4%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 14th in the NHL.
- The Islanders have scored six power play goals in their 10 games (56 chances).
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 29 of 43 games this season.

The Islanders are 13-8-1 this season when scoring first and 6-13-1 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. 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 have been out-shot, 1,417-1,262, through 43 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 31 of 43 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 33.0 shots per game while taking 29.3 shots on goal per game. Fourteen of the team's 19 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 14-15-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 4-7-1 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.
The Islanders have taken the lead into the second 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.
- Arron Asham's next game will be his 200th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is nine points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Oleg Kvasha is two points away from his 300th NHL point.
- Mattias Weinhandl is two games away from his 200th NHL game.
- Alexei Yashin is two assists away from his 400th NHL assist.
Monday, January 16: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, January 17: Game day skate at United Center, 11:30 am 12:15 pm
Wednesday, January 18: Practice TBD
Thursday, January 19: Game day skate at RBC Center, 11:30 am 12:15 pm
Friday, January 20: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, January 21: No game day skate
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Saturday, January 14 vs. Vancouver, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 17 at Chicago, 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 19 at Carolina, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 21 at New Jersey, Noon
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 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
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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