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GET TO THE GAME: Atlanta at Islanders

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Saturday at 7:05 pm  - Tickets are still available, purchase them here



THE REASON TO GO

1. Come support the Town of Oyster Bay.

2. Help the Islanders start December off on the right foot against Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers.



GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY

The Islanders have shown all season they can hang with the best teams in the league. Come watch them take on another 2007-07 playoff team when they face Ilya Kovalchuk and the surging Atlanta Thrashers.

To purchase individual game tickets, click here or visit the Coliseum box office, the Islanders Team Store at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville or call Ticketmaster at 631.888.9000.

We'll see you on Saturday at the Coliseum.

Click here to purchase tickets today!


LOUDVILLE IS OPEN!
Students: Loudville tickets for just $10 each available for Saturday's game against Atlanta; regular $16 NYI Student Discount program also available!

The Islanders continue to be one of the great stories of this NHL season. Here's a reminder for all students looking to play their part:
 
This is your chance for $10 tickets this week to see Rick DiPietro and the Islanders take on the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday. For Long Island students, there isn't a better deal in professional sports.



LOUDVILLE tickets go on sale 60 minutes before game time.
There are a limited number of seats available per game, so arrive early to secure a seat. Remember to bring your Student ID! There is a limit of one $10 LOUDVILLE ticket per ID. Once you get to the LOUDVILLE section, do your part to help lead the crowd in giving the Islanders the best home-ice advantage in the NHL!



 
THE STORY
Islanders (13-9-1) vs. Atlanta (11-13-0)

The Islanders look to get back on the winning track after dropping their first game of the season against the rival Rangers.

The Thrashers are also looking to get back to their winning ways having lost the last three games. Atlanta has been up and down all season. A lousy 0-6 start to the season forced GM Don Waddell to take the reigns behind the bench and fire head coach Bob Hartley. Since then, they've gone 11-6-0 and are the last remaining Eastern Conference team without an overtime or shootout loss.

Coming off of a four-game winning streak over Southeast Division teams, the Thrashers have gone into a mini-funk by dropping three straight, including consecutive shutouts to Pittsburgh and New Jersey.



DiPietro vs. the Thrashers
Rick DiPietro has an overall record of 4-3-1 with a 2.45 goals against average in nine career appearances against the Atlanta Thrashers. Rick has two career shutouts against Atlanta which are tied for the most against an NHL opponent.  In 2006-07, DiPietro tallied a 1-1-0 record, picking up a 6-0 shutout win on December 16, 2006.

Hedberg vs. the Islanders
With Kari Lehtonen recovering from injury with a stint in the AHL, Swedish netminder Johan Hedberg is expected to start against the Islanders on Saturday. Hedberg has a long history with the Islanders, dating back to his days with Pittsburgh. He has amassed a 3-3-1-1 record against the Islanders. Last season, Hedberg split a pair of decisions against the Islanders, while dressing in both Atlanta games at the Nassau Coliseum.


 

THE LINEUPS
(potential lines and D pairings)

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
25 Andy Sutton - 4 Bryan Berard/47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
14 Chris Campoli - 8 Bruno Gervais


Forwards
12 Chris Simon - 89 Mike Comrie - 13 Bill Guerin
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 63 Josef Vasicek - 81 Miroslav Satan
10 Sean Bergenheim – 10 Richard Park – 17 Shawn Bates


ATLANTA
Goaltenders
1   Johan Hedberg
32 Kari Lehtonen
33 Ondrej Pavelec 

Defensemen
28 Niclas Havelid – 39 Tobias Enstrom
2   Garnet Exelby – 22 Ken Klee
7   Mark Popovic – 77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
17 Ilya Kovalchuk – 12 Todd White – 18 Marian Hossa
9   Pascal Dupuis – 16 Bobby Holik – 29 Brad Larsen
10 Bryan Little – 11 Eric Perrin – 13 Slava Kozlov
36 Eric Boulton – 23 Jim Slater – 27 Chris Thorburn

Injured: Steve Rucchin




Crucial Matchup: Witt/Martinek vs. Kovalchuk

There may not be a more dynamic sniper in the NHL than Ilya Kovalchuk. With 19 goals in his first 23 games, Kovalchuk leads the league. In 11 games this month, Kovalchuk has tallied 13 goals, including two hat tricks.

Unlike some goal scorers who like to score the dirty goals in front of the net, Kovalchuk is a player who likes to find the seams. His favorite play is the one-timer from his off-wing. With players like Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov creating space with their exceptional stickhandling, they take attention away from Kovalchuk, who sneaks into openings.

Brendan Witt, Radek Martinek and the forwards shadowing Kovalchuk will need to not be mesmerized by the player with the puck and look out for Kovalchuk. If he gets into an open position and gets off his blistering one-timer, Rick DiPietro will have to come up with a splendid save to stop him or hope the shot goes wide.



Islanders Leaderboard Through 22 Games

Goals
1. Josef Vasicek 9          
2. Mike Comrie 8
3. Ruslan Fedotenko 6
     Miroslav Satan 6
5. Bill Guerin 5
   
Assists
1. Mike Comrie 11
2. Chris Campoli 9
3. Miroslav Satan 8
    Ruslan Fedotenko 8
5. Bruno Gervais 7            
   
Points
1. Mike Comrie 19
2. Ruslan Fedotenko 14
    Miroslav Satan 14
4. Josef Vasicek  12
5. Chris Campoli  11
    Bill Guerin 11
   


November at a Glance
The Orange and Blue have 14 games on the slate during the month of November with eight of the 14 being played at the Coliseum. The November schedule features eight games against Atlantic division rivals and the Islanders' first Western Conference opponent (Dallas Stars). So far the Islanders are 8-5-1 during November.

11/1    7:00 p.m.    vs. Tampa Bay    W, 4-0
11/3    7:00 p.m.    vs. Pittsburgh    W, 3-2
11/6    7:00 p.m.    vs. NY Rangers    W, 3-2
11/10    7:00 p.m.    vs. New Jersey    W, 2-1
11/12    7:00 p.m.    @ Philadelphia      L, 2-3
11/15    7:30 p.m.    @ Pittsburgh      L, 2-3
11/16    7:00 p.m.    @ New Jersey    W, 1-0
11/19    7:00 p.m.    @ NY Rangers    W, 2-1
11/21    7:00 p.m.    vs. Montreal    L, 1-4
11/23     12:00 p.m.    @ Boston    L, 1-2
11/24    7:00 p.m.     vs. Boston    W, 2-1
11/26    7:00 p.m.    vs. Dallas    OTL, 2-3
11/28    7:00 p.m.    vs. Ottawa    W, 3-2 (SO)
11/29    7:00 p.m.    @ NY Rangers    L, 2-4



Milestones Recorded

  • Islanders recorded their 1,200 win all-time on 11/19 vs. NYR.
  • Rick DiPietro earned his 100th career NHL victory (100-85-8-14 in 221 games) on 11/19 at NYR.
  • Islanders recorded their 500th all-time road win on 11/19 at NYR.
  • Mike Sillinger recorded his 300th NHL assist on 11/3 vs. PIT.
  • Mike Sillinger played in his 1,000th NHL game on 11/1 vs. TBL.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko tallied his 100th assist on 10/5 at BUF.



SUBPLOTS

So Far So Good
The Islanders come into Saturday night's action against the Atlanta Thrashers having proved all season long they are not intimidated by the NHL's best. In fact, coming into Saturday's game the Islanders are 11-2-0 against 2006-07 Eastern Conference playoff teams. They have played at least one game against every Eastern Conference playoff team from a year ago except for Atlanta. The Islanders two lossed have come at the hands of the Penguins and Rangers.

Games vs. 2006-07 Eastern Conference Playoffs Teams:
10/5    at Buffalo    W, 6-4
10/6    vs. Buffalo    W, 3-2
10/10    vs. NY Rangers    W, 3-2
10/20    vs. New Jersey    W, 4-3 (OT)
11/1    vs. Tampa Bay    W, 4-0
11/3    vs. Pittsburgh    W, 3-2
11/6    vs. NY Rangers    W, 3-2
11/10    vs. New Jersey    W, 2-1
11/15    at Pittsburgh    L, 2-3
11/16    at New Jersey    W, 1-0
11/19    at NY Rangers    W, 2-1
11/28    vs. Ottawa    W, 3-2 (SO)
11/29    at NY Rangers L, 2-4
12/1    vs. Atlanta    ???




The Hungry Thrashers
After winning four straight games against Southeast Division rivals, Atlanta has lost their last two matchups, facing Pittsburgh and New Jersey, by the combined score of 8-0.

No team likes to get shutout, and having that happen in consecutive games can get a team fired up. Luckily for the Islanders, the Thrashers will take on Toronto on Thursday before heading over to the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

While it's difficult to face a team on a hot streak, it's often worse to face a team that is hungry for a win. A feisty Atlanta team is as dangerous as anyone. With the likes of Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk, the Thrashers can be one of the most dangerous teams on any given night.


OYSTER BAY NIGHT AT THE COLISEUM

Presented by Newsday; Proceeds of ticket sales to Saturday's contest against Atlanta to support United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Inc.; Town residents receive up to 40% off tickets - with prices starting at $16

The Islanders are pleased to announce Town of Oyster Bay Night, presented by Newsday, for this Saturday, when the Islanders play host to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Saturday is a night dedicated to honoring the Town of Oyster Bay, but also a night for all Islanders fans.

Residents of the Town of Oyster Bay receive up to 40% off tickets, with prices starting at just $16. Fans will want to arrive early because the first 10,000 will receive an exclusive Mike Sillinger min-bobblehead doll – the first of three collectible mini-bobblehead giveaways.

With the season of giving in full swing, the Islanders are proud to give a portion of the proceeds to the game's ticket sales to United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Inc. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. is to affect positively the quality of life of persons with cerebral palsy, others with severe disabilities and multiple service needs, and the families of both and, prevent cerebral palsy and minimize its effects.

Town supervisor of Oyster Bay, John Venditto, who will drop the ceremonial first puck, is excited for Saturday's game honoring his Town.

Fans in attendance will also have the opportunity to be winners of the Modell's "Lucky Row" giveaway. Winners receive Modell's gift cards courtesy of Town of Oyster Bay Modell's establishments.

Don't miss another exciting game at the Nassau Coliseum, when the Islanders honor the Town of Oyster Bay.

To purchase special discounted Town of Oyster Bay tickets, please call 1.800.882.ISLES ext. 3, e-mail the group sales department at groupsales@newyorkislanders.com or bring your proof of residency to the Nassau Coliseum Box Office.




Islanders vs. Atlanta Thrashers All-Time Series:

All-Time: 16-9-2-1     
Home: 8-6-0-0          
Road: 9-3-3-0            
OT: 0-1-2

Last Win: 2/1/07, Islanders 5 at Thrashers 2
Last Loss: 1/26/07, Islanders 5 at Thrashers 5 (OT)
2006-07: Islanders went 2-1-1 vs. Atlanta

2007-08 Season Series:
December 1, 2007 – Islanders vs. Atlanta Thrashers, 7:00 p.m.
December 5, 2007
– Islanders at Atlanta Thrashers, 7:00 p.m.
February 16, 2008 – Islanders vs. Atlanta Thrashers, 7:00 p.m.
February 28, 2008 – Islanders at Atlanta Thrashers, 7:00 p.m.

*All times EST


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compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch

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