Islanders (23-21-6) at Atlanta (26-16-8)
(7:00 p.m. ET, TV: MSG| Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders continue their stretch against highly ranked opponents when they return to Atlanta on Thursday to take on the Thrashers for the second time in a less than a week to begin the month of February.
Since returning from the All-Star break, the Islanders have earned points in each of their three games, including their 5-4 overtime loss to the Thrashers in Atlanta on Friday.
The Islanders picked up only one point against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday after taking a 3-0 leading into the third period. The Islanders eventually fell in 4-3 in overtime.
Mike Sillinger, Andy Hilbert and Trent Hunter each extended their point streaks to four games in the game against Detroit. The line of Sillinger, Hunter and Hilbert has had an incredible month of January. The line combined for 33 points and a +23 in 13 games, while often playing against the opponents™ top line.
Brendan Witt made an effective return to the lineup, playing 26:58, while finishing with a +3 rating and seven blocked shots.
Since the Islanders last played Atlanta, the Thrashers have lost and won a game. On Saturday, they fell 2-1 to the last-place Philadelphia Flyers, who were riding a nine-game losing streak.
The Thrashers followed up their loss with a win over the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils by the score of 5-4 in a shootout. Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov scored in the shootout to seal the victory for Atlanta. Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals in the game to extend his goal-scoring streak to four and his point streak to six.
Hossa is tied for second in the league with 31 goals, while Kovalchuk is tied for seventh with 29 tallies.
Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130, while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on MSG.
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Islanders partner with the Stephan Siller Foundation
The Islanders are proud to announce their support to The Stephen Siller Foundation, formed in honor of firefighter, Stephen, who took his final heroic steps as he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center to help save others on September 11, 2001.
For the Islanders game against the New Jersey Devils on February 17th, fans can buy tickets through the Foundation to help raise funds for your local Burn Center. All net proceeds will be donated to the New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Burn Center Foundations. Special seats have been reserved for the February 17th game that will be sold for a discounted price to help benefit the Burn Centers. You will be able to buy select seats for the following prices. For more information, please logon to the Islanders website.
Islanders 52 points, 4th place, Atlantic Division
Atlanta - 66 points, 1st place, Southeast Division
Islanders Jason Blake, 26 goals, 46 points; Alexei Yashin, 25 assists; Brendan Witt, 93 PIM.
Atlanta Marian Hossa, 31 goals, 66 points; Slava Kozlov 36 assists, Greg de Vries, 56 PIM.
Islanders - Power play: 16.1 percent. Penalty killing: 79.5 percent.
Atlanta - Power play: 16.8 percent. Penalty killing: 79.0 percent.
Islanders Rick DiPietro (20-16-3, 2.82 GAA, .911 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-5-3, 2.97, .909).
Atlanta Kari Lehtonen (24-13-7, 2.80, .911); Johan Hedberg (5-3-1, 3.17, .881).
Islanders 3 pts., Atlanta 4 pts.
January 26, 2007 at the Philips Arena: Atlanta 5-4 OT win
Atlanta 14-7-4 at home
Islanders 11-12-2 on the road
1 Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro
3 Tom Poti
6 Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
38 Allan Rourke
44 Freddy Meyer
7 Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan
1 Johan Hedberg
32 Kari Lehtonen
2 Garnett Exelby
3 Vitaly Vishnevski
4 Braydon Coburn
5 Steve McCarthy
7 Greg de Vries
28 Niclas Havelid
34 Shane Hnidy
9 Glen Metropolit
11 J.P. Vigier
13 Slava Kozlov
14 Jon Sim
16 Bobby Holik
17 Ilya Kovalchuk
18 Marian Hossa
19 Scott Mellanby
20 Steve Rucchin
23 Jim Slater
29 Brad Larsen
36 Eric Boulton
39 Niko Kapanen