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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Islanders vs. Carolina

(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: FSNY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130)  It's Kids' Opening Night tonight as the Islanders faceoff against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Carolina Hurricanes.

The Islanders continue with their seven-game home stand playing in their fourth tonight. Rick DiPietro will get the nod after missing the last four games with a groin injury.

Thursday night the Islanders lost their second game in a row past regulation, losing 4-3 in overtime against Pittsburgh. The Islanders have now earned points in four straight games going 2-0-2 in that stretch. Alexei Yashin took over as team point leader with seven by amassing a three point (1-2) night against the Penguins. Mike Dunham got his fourth consecutive start in goal stopping 33 of 36 shots.

Carolina comes into tonight's game not looking like the 2005-06 edition which defeated the Edmonton Oilers in seven games to capture the franchise's first Stanley Cup. They have a record of 3-4-1, but have won three of their previous four games.

In A rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Final, the Hurricanes took on the Buffalo Sabres last night with Buffalo prevailing 5-4. Ray Whitney (9), Eric Staal (8) and Justin Williams (8) lead the Hurricanes in points in the early going. Defending Conn Smythe winner Cam Ward has started six of the team's seven games, posting a record of 3-3-0 with a 2.97 GAA and .905 SV%.

Last season the Islanders were 1-3-0 against Carolina and are 40-44-9-0 all-time against the Carolina/Hartford franchise.

You can catch the game on Bloomberg Radio 1130 with Chris King and Steve Mears. Howie Rose returns as play-by-play announcer alongside Billy Jaffe for tonight's broadcast on FSNY.

Check your local listings to find FSNY in your area.

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


30 Cam Ward 
47 John Grahame

2   Glen Wesley  
6   Bret Hedican 
7   Niclas Wallin 
8   Tim Gleason  
22 Mike Commodore 
28 Andrew Hutchinson 
45 David Tanabe  
48 Anton Babchuk  

11 Justin Williams 
12 Eric Staal 
13 Ray Whitney  
14 Kevyn Adams  
16 Andrew Ladd  
17 Rod Brind'Amour  
18 Ryan Bayda  
19 Trevor Letowski  
24 Scott Walker  
25 Eric Belanger  
26 Erik Cole 
27 Craig Adams  
34 Dave Gove  
37 Keith Aucoin  
59 Chad LaRose   


When Alexei Yashin suits up for tonight's tilt, he will be skating in his 800th NHL game. In his career, Yashin 322 goals and 416 assists for 738 points. In his five seasons as an Islander, Yashin has played in 376 games and has recorded 104 goals with 143 assists for 247 points. Before coming to the Islanders, Yashin spent his entire NHL career with the Ottawa Senators. This is Yashin's 12th NHL season.

All members of the New York Islanders roster will be participating in the Islanders Literary Day Program on Tuesday morning, October 24 from 9:00 am to noon. The players will be appearing at elementary schools across Long Island on Tuesday morning and will be reading books from the critically acclaimed children's hockey series Brady, Brady. Please contact the Islanders media relations staff for more player/school locations and specified times.

Mike Sillinger has been a faceoff specialist for his entire NHL career. The 16-year veteran has ranked in the top-15 among NHL faceoff leaders in each of the past five seasons and his currently third in the league and leads the Islanders with a 59.5 faceoff percentage. Sillinger has also played for an NHL record twelve franchises.

The New York Islanders would like to give their sincerest thank you to Jiggs McDonald for seven wonderful games behind the mic for FSN. It's always a pleasure hearing his Hall of Fame voice calling the Orange and Blue.

It wasn't as early as we would have hoped for, but the Islanders would like to welcome back Howie Rose to the TV booth for tonight's game. Rose was on assignment with the New York Mets through their playoff run. The Islanders new broadcast crew of Rose and Billy Jaffe will make their debut tonight.

Islanders' sniper Miroslav Satan has increased his consecutive games played streak to 239 games. In 2003-04, Satan was one of three Islanders to play in all 82 games and has now appeared in every game over the last two seasons and the last 68 in 2002-03 (2002-03 to 2003-04 with the Buffalo Sabres).

Satan's current streak, however, has seen its share of adversity this season. The sniper almost missed the Islanders' March 2, 2006 game vs. New Jersey because of the birth of his first child. He was in Buffalo the night before and bad weather almost kept him grounded. Before his current streak, Satan played in 256 games (which at the time was the fourth longest active streak in NHL) before missing three games with an injury.

Following a ten-day, four-game road trip to start the 2006-07 season, the Islanders are now in the midst of a 20-day, seven-game home-stand. It is the longest period the Islanders remain home this season. The team has another seven-game home-stand in February/March, but for a shorter period of time. With two additional home games sandwiched in between games against New Jersey and Philadelphia, the Islanders do not fly again until mid-November when they start a seven-day trip to Dallas, Tampa Bay, Florida and Toronto.

- Alexei Yashin is one game shy of 800.
- Jason Blake is three goals shy of 100.
- Viktor Kozlov is four points shy of 400.
- Miroslav Satan is five goals shy of 300, four assists shy of 300 and nine points shy of 600.

- Mike Sillinger scored his 200th career NHL goal on Oct. 16 vs. Nashville.
- Chris Simon recorded his 1,700th penalty minute on Oct. 19 vs. Pittsburgh.

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