Islanders (31-23-8) vs. Philadelphia (16-37-9)
(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) With their re-tooled offense, the Islanders look to continue their 2007 post-season push against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.
Yesterday, the Islanders acquired scoring Slovak Richard Zednik from the Washington Capitals for a 2007 second-round pick. Zednik has eclipsed the 30-goal plateau and twice reached the 50-point plateau. Head coach Ted Nolan said this morning that he would play on a line with Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov and could see time on the penalty kill as well.
Ted Nolan and the rest of the team will try to put the trade deadline behind them and get back to business. Before the news of the hour became Å“who would go and who would say,Â? the Islanders continued to roll during their seven-game home stand.
On Saturday, they improved to 4-1 during their recent stretch by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at the Nassau Coliseum. Danish rookie Frans Nielsen recorded his first career point in the first period when he assisted on Jeff Tambellini™s goal and then notched his first NHL career goal in the second period. Rick DiPietro recorded his 27th win and is only three shy of tying his career-high of 30, set last year.
The Islanders™ win gave them three in a row and points in 14 of their past 16 games. However, despite temporarily sitting in the seventh spot with Montreal, the Islanders now find themselves back in ninth place after not playing since Saturday. They trail sixth-place Atlanta by four points, Montreal by two and Carolina by one. Fortunately for the Islanders, they have games in hand on the three teams ahead of them Atlanta (3), Montreal (3) and Carolina (2).
The Islanders look to continue their winning ways against a new-look Philadelphia team that visits Long Island. After making a number of trades, the Flyers have become younger since the teams last met. The Flyers acquired former Nashville first-round pick Scottie Upshall, along with a prospect and draft picks for Peter Forsberg. On defense the Flyers shipped away Alexei Zhitnik to Atlanta, but added Finn Lasse Kukkonen from Chicago in a three-way trade with Detroit and Chicago. The Flyers sent underachiever Kyle Calder to Detroit.
Despite the unloading by Philadelphia, the Flyers have a young and hungry team with players trying to earn spots on next year™s roster. The Islanders will look to come out hard against an inexperienced team and win their fourth in a row to jump back into the playoff mix.
Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130, while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY.
For those of you not in the New York area, you can catch King and Mears' Bloomberg Radio broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, channel 205.
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CAREER NHL MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Viktor Kozlov is a goal away from tying his career-high of 22.
- Chris Simon in a point away from 300.
- Brendan Witt is a point away from 100.
- Shawn Bates is two points away from 200.
- Rick DiPietro is seven games from 200.
Islanders - 70 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Philadelphia - 51 points, 5th place, Atlantic Division
Islanders Jason Blake, 29 goals, 52 points; Mike Sillinger, 26 assists; Brendan Witt, 111 PIM
Philadelphia Simon Gagne, 34 goals, 52 points; Joni Pitkanen, 30 assists; Ben Eager, 163 PIM
Islanders - Power play: 15.5 percent. Penalty killing: 80.4 percent
Philadelphia - Power play: 15.2 percent. Penalty killing: 84.6 percent
Islanders Rick DiPietro (27-18-5, 2.62 GAA, .916 SV%); Mike Dunham (4-5-3, 2.90, .911)
Philadelphia Antero Niittymaki (9-26-8, 3.32, .896); Robert Esche (5-9-1, 4.32, .872)
2006-07 SEASON SERIES
February 7, 2007 at the Nassau Coliseum: 2-0 Islanders win
Islanders 17-10-4 at home
Philadelphia 11-19-2 on the road
1 Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro
3 Tom Poti
6 Sean Hill
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
44 Freddy Meyer
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
7 Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
18 Mike Sillinger
20 Richard Zednik
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
51 Frans Nielsen
81 Miroslav Satan
30 Antero Niittymaki
40 Robert Esche
2 Derian Hatcher
5 Braydon Coburn
6 Randy Jones
23 Denis Gauthier
28 Lasse Kukkonen
44 Joni Pitkanen
45 Alexandre Picard
8 Geoff Sanderson
9 Scottie Upshall
12 Simon Gagne
15 Stefan Ruzicka
17 Jeff Carter
18 Mike Richards
20 R.J. Umberger
24 Sami Kapanen
26 Darren Reid
27 Dimitry Afanasenkov
29 Todd Fedoruk
61 Mike York