7:00 pm, FSN; Bloomberg 1130
Two plotlines are featured when the Islanders host the Capitals on Tuesday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The first is the obvious one, about the home team as they look to increase their modest winning streak to three games and chip away at the deficit for the final playoff spot in the East. No doubt, the Islanders are playing better under coach Brad Shaw, but they have also been prone to major setbacks at home -- see 8-1 loss to Vancouver and 4-0 to New Jersey. If the Islanders are to continue the momentum, they need an impressive win over the improving Capitals.
Usually at such a critical time in the season, the story would be the Islanders and Islanders only. However, a rare exception is made when a player -- in this case, a rookie -- with extraordinary talent comes to the Coliseum. We're not sure we've ever seen anyone like Alexander Ovechkin come into the NHL before. We hope we don't see too much of it Tuesday night. But we're certain you'll want to be here when the world-class athlete tries to create his magic against the Islanders.
Fans hoping to ask any questions to head coach Brad Shaw can do so at 6:10 pm on Tuesday night when Shaw conducts his "Behind the Bench" interview from Studio F, just outside the Blueline Bar & Grill. Give your question to FSN's Deb Kaufman and she can relay it to Coach Shaw when he sits down with Howie Rose.
January 26, 2006
Islanders 4, Boston 3
The Islanders unloaded a season-high 51 shots on goal en route to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Mike York, Trent Hunter, Alexei Zhitnik and Mark Parrish all scored with York also turning in a three-point night. Rick DiPietro got the win in net making a season-high 41 saves on 44 shots. Hunter and Miroslav Satan both recorded two points.
- Center Petteri Nokelainen (patella tendonitis) has missed the last 37 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 50 games): 111
*Denotes currently on Injured Reserve. RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
2005-06 NEW YORK ISLANDERS MAN-GAMES LOST
Hip Strain (4), Hamstring Strain (12)
Concussion (2), Bruised Ribs (3)
Concussion (1), Bruised Knee (1), Sprained Knee (5)
Sprained Ankle (1), Knee Injury (37)
Total Games Missed:
January 26 Recalled defenseman Joel Bouchard from Bridgeport (AHL) and reassigned forward Jeff Hamilton to Bridgeport.
January 20 Reassigned defenseman Bruno Gervais to Bridgeport.
January 16 Recalled forward Jeff Hamilton from Bridgeport and reassigned forward Sean Bergenheim to Bridgeport.
January 12 Activated goaltender Rick DiPietro
from the injured reserve and assigned goaltender Frederic Cloutier and forward Jeff Hamilton to the Bridgeport.
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. TODAY'S GAME
Welcome to tonight's game as the New York Islanders (22-25-3) host the Washington Capitals (18-27-5). The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:08 pm at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This is the second of four meetings between the teams this season.
The Islanders defeated the Capitals 5-3 at the MCI Center in Washington on October 13. Islanders' rookie Petteri Nokelainen scored his first NHL goal and recorded his first NHL assist in the contest. Following tonight's contest, the Islanders and Capitals will meet two more times: March 6 at Washington and April 8 at the Coliseum.
The officiating crew for tonight's game is Referees Stephane Auger (#15) and Wes McCauley (#41) with Linesmen Steve Miller (#89) and Angelo D'Amico (#83). Tonight's supervisor is Dave Newell. The crew chief of NHL Off-Ice Officials is Jeff Weintraub. Mike Rosen is the Video Goal Judge.
Tonight's US National Anthem singer is Jason Schoenberger.
Tonight's game is being broadcasted locally on FSN with Howie Rose calling the play-by-play and Joe Micheletti on the color commentator. Locally on the radio, John Wiedeman and Chris King have the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, on Bloomberg 1130 AM. ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Mark Parrish, Miroslav Satan - 19
Assists... Alexei Yashin, Mike York 26
Points... Alexei Yashin 43
Penalty Minutes... Arron Asham 88
Plus/Minus... Jason Blake +2
Game-Winning Goals... Mark Parrish 5
Power Play Goals... Mark Parrish - 11
Power Play Assists... Alexei Zhitnik 15
Power Play Points... Alexei Zhitnik 18
Shots... Jason Blake 182
Shooting Percentage... Mark Parrish 23.5%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:14 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 137 LIFETIME SERIES
Tonight's game is the 194th game between the Islanders and Washington with the Islanders leading the lifetime series (including playoffs) 91-88-13-1. However, the Islanders also trail the regular-season lifetime series 73-76-13-1.
Tonight's game is the second of four games between the Islanders and Capitals this season. The Islanders won the first meeting between the clubs 5-3 in Washington on Oct. 13. 2005-06 Season Series:
October 13, 2005: W 5-3 at MCI Center
**Tonight** January 31, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm
March 6, 2006: at MCI Center 7:00 pm
April 8, 2006: at Nassau Coliseum 7:00 pm HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 137, while Arron Asham is in fifth with 133. Brad Lukowich is third on the team and leads Islanders defensemen with 95. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 935 hits against their opponents this season. In Saturday's game, Asham led the team with three hits. ISLANDERS IN JANUARY
The Islanders have a 5-7-1 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. Tonight's game is the last game in the month of January for the Islanders. JANUARY AT A GLANCE
at New Jersey
L 2-3 (F/SO)
W 4-3 (F/SO)
* The Islanders have two overtime victories, three shootout victories and two shootout losses. They have not yet lost in overtime. See below for details.
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders are 11-12-1 at home this season. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in the shootout. Following tonight's game, the Islanders' next home game is Thursday versus the New York Rangers.
MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM
THE ISLANDERS' PENALTY KILL
- Boston was 1-7 on the power play against the Islanders on Saturday night.
- Overall, the Islanders have killed off 252 of 316 (79.8%) power play attempts this season.
- The Islanders penalty kill is ranked 24th in the league. On the road, the penalty kill is 11th in the league with a percentage of 82.6, while at home they are ranked 30th in the league with a percentage of 76.8.
- 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' POWER PLAY
- The Islanders were 0-3 on the power play at Boston on Saturday night.
- They are 50-292 (17.1%) on the man-advantage and are ranked 17th in the NHL. On the road, the power play is ranked 13th in the league with a conversion rate of 16.9 percent. At home, they rank 19th in the league with a conversion rate of 17.4 percent.
- Overall, the Islanders have scored a power play goal in 33 of 50 games this season.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 16-8-1 this season when scoring first and 6-16-2 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.
SHOTS ON GOAL
- The Islanders have been out-shot, 1,633-1,506, through 50 games of this season.
- The Islanders have been out-shot in 33 of 50 games this season.
- The Islanders are allowing an average of 32.7 shots per game while taking 30.1 shots on goal per game. Fifteen of the team's 22 victories have come when the team has been out-shot.
- They have a record of 15-15-1 when they have been out-shot and have a record of 6-9-2 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.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 16 times this season and have a record of 13-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout four times (at Rangers, Oct. 19, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, vs. Edmonton, Dec. 10 and vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 26). The losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Jason Blake is six points away from his 200th as an Islander.
- Jason Blake is five games away from his 400th NHL game.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (all times local)
Wednesday, February 1: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, February 2: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am 11:15 am
Friday, February 3: Practice at Nassau Coliseum, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, February 4: No Morning Skate
Sunday, February 5: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, February 6: Game day skate at Nassau Coliseum, 10:30 am 11:15 am
Tuesday, February 7: Practice at Islanders Iceworks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
NEXT 10 GAMES (all times Eastern)
Tuesday, January 31 vs. Washington, 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 2 vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 4 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
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
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS (AHL)
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers were defeated by the Syracuse Crunch 1-0 in overtime on Jan. 29. Syracuse's Mark Hartigan scored the game-winner at the 1:50 mark of the extra frame for the victory. Sound Tigers goaltender Fredric Cloutier stopped 33 of 34 shots for the Sound Tigers.
The Sound Tigers will visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this Friday, February 3rd at 7:05 pm and return to Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard to host the Providence Bruins this coming Saturday, February 4th at 7:05 pm. All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at www.soundtigers.com and can also be watched live on the B2 Networks.
STUDENT & MILITARY SAVINGS PROGRAM
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.