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GET TO THE GAME: Boston at Islanders - Monday at 7:05 pm

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Free Tickets for Kids at the Coliseum box office Monday starting at 5:00 pm


1. Kids 16 and under receive free tickets to this Eastern Conference showdown.

2. The Islanders and Bruins split their latest home-and-home series. Come support the Islanders as they look to take the lead in the season series.


The New York Islanders would like to give Long Island children their first presents of the holiday season:

FREE tickets to see the Islanders face the Boston Bruins on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:05 pm at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

All kids 16 and under can pick up their complimentary tickets at the Coliseum Box Office beginning at 5:00 pm on the night of the game.

This unprecedented gift to Long Island children is made possible through RexCorp Islanders Inspire, a program of the New York Islanders Children's Foundation which has already made arrangements to bring more than 10,000 children to Islanders home games this season.

The United States Marines, in conjunction with the Islanders Children's Foundation, will host a Toys for Tots drive outside the Coliseum box office on Monday starting at 5:00 pm. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys so other children in our community can also benefit from Monday's game.

College students, this is your chance for $10 tickets to see Rick DiPietro and the Islanders take on the Boston Bruins on Monday. 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!

Islanders (13-10-1) vs. Boston (13-9-2)

The Islanders are sure to come out with some fire on Monday after dropping their last two contests. Their last two games – a 4-2 loss to the Rangers and a 4-0 loss to Atlanta – have been uncharacteristic.

They'll face a Boston team that has won three of their previous five games. They lost Saturday night 4-1 in Tampa Bay.

In their previous two matchups, the Islanders and Bruins each won their respective home games in their home-and-home series on November 23 and 24.

At the Coliseum on November 24, the Islanders used goals from Andy Hilbert and Richard Park to clinch a 2-1 victory. Rick DiPietro made 20 saves for the victory.

DiPietro vs. Bruins

Rick DiPietro has an overall record of 6-3-2 in 12 career appearances against Boston. So far this season DiPietro has appeared in two games against the Bruins, going 1-1-0, including a 2-1 victory on November 24th at the Coliseum. In 2006-07, DiPietro tallied a 2-0-1 record, including a 1-0-0 record at the Coliseum. Rick has one career shutout against the Bruins coming on February 24, 2004 at the Coliseum.

Thomas vs. Islanders

Tim Thomas comes into Saturday’s action with a 2-4-0 mark in six career games against the Islanders. Thomas started both games this season against the Islanders, going 1-1-0, including a 2-1 victory on November 23rd in Boston.


(potential lines and D pairings)

39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

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

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
20 Sean Bergenheim – 10 Richard Park

Injured: 17 Shawn Bates

30 Tim Thomas
40 Tuukka Rask

41 Andrew Alberts - 33 Zdeno Chara
44 Aaron Ward – 21 Andrew Ference
6 Dennis Wideman - 45 Mark Stuart

11 P.J. Axelsson – 91 Marc Savard - 27 Glen Murray
16 Marco Sturm – 13 Glen Metropolit - 12 Chuck Kobasew
72 Peter Schaefer - 81 Phil Kessel – 10 Brandon Bochenski
60 Vladimir Sobotka - 53 Jeremy Reich - 56 Petteri Nokelainen

Crucial Matchup: Fired Up Islanders vs. Tired Islanders

When the Islanders host the Boston Bruins on Monday, the Orange and Blue will play their seventh game in 11 days. That's a lot of hockey for even professionals, but the Islanders will have to fight through the fatigue in order to break out of their mini-slump.

The key for the Islanders is – not surprisingly – a good start. They're 7-2-1 when they've scored the first goal and 6-8-0 when they've relinquished it.

As Ted Nolan has reiterated time and again, the Islanders have to work in order to earn victories. They'll need a 60-minute effort from the entire team to come out on top against Boston.

Islanders Leaderboard Through 24 Games

1. Josef Vasicek 9
2. Mike Comrie 8
3. Miroslav Satan 7
4. Ruslan Fedotenko 6
5. Bill Guerin 5

1. Mike Comrie 11
2. Chris Campoli 9
3. Miroslav Satan 8
    Ruslan Fedotenko 8
    Bruno Gervais 7

1. Mike Comrie 19
2. Ruslan Fedotenko 15
    Miroslav Satan 15
4. Josef Vasicek 12
5. Chris Campoli 11
    Bill Guerin 11



As the Islanders embark on a 15-game December slate, we decided to take a look at some of the team’s success over the last few December’s. The Orange and Blue will play eight games at home and seven on the road during the month. The Islanders have compiled a winning December in three of the last four years, going 30-19-3-1 over this span. Below is a look at the Islanders during the month of December over the past few seasons:

NYI during the month of December (since 2002-03):

2006-07 7-6-0 4-3-0 3-3-0
2005-06 5-6-1 3-3-0 2-3-1
2003-04 10-4-0-1 7-2-0-0 3-2-0-1
2002-03 8-3-2-0 5-2-1-0 3-1-1-0
TOTALS: 30-19-3-1 19-10-1-0 11-9-2-1

NYI 2007-08 December schedule:

12/1    7:00 p.m.    vs. Atlanta    L, 0-4
12/3    7:00 p.m.    vs. Boston   
12/5    7:00 p.m.    at Atlanta   
12/7    7:30 p.m.    at Florida   
12/8    7:30 p.m.    at Tampa Bay   
12/12    7:00 p.m.    at Buffalo   
12/13    7:00 p.m.    vs. Phoenix   
12/15    7:00 p.m.    vs. Pittsburgh   
12/19    7:00 p.m.    vs. Buffalo   
12/21    7:30 p.m.    at Pittsburgh   
12/22    7:00 p.m.    at Washington   
12/26    7:00 p.m.    vs. Toronto   
12/27    7:00 p.m.    at Ottawa   
12/29    7:00 p.m.    vs. New Jersey   
12/31    8:00 p.m.    at Carolina   

  • Miroslav Satan has a three-game point streak, tallying two goals and one assist over the span.
  • Richard Park has tallied two of his three goals on the season over the last four games.
  • Mike Sillinger has recorded points in three of his last five games (2G, 1A).

  • Rick DiPietro is four wins away from tying Kelly Hrudey for third place in franchise-history in wins.
  • Brendan Witt is three games away from appearing in his 750th NHL contest.
  • Miroslav Satan is 10 games away from appearing in his 900th NHL contest.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko is 12 games away from appearing in his 500th NHL contest.

MILESTONES RECORDED (in the last week):
  • Bruno Gervais played in his 100th NHL game on 11/28 vs. OTT.
  • Josef Vasicek played in his 400th NHL game on 11/26 vs. DAL.
  • Islanders recorded their 1,200th all-time win on 11/24 vs. BOS.


Sillinger's Success
For whatever reason, Mike Sillinger has played his best offensive hockey against the Boston Bruins.

Over his past six games against the Bruins, Sillinger has tallied four goals and three assists. His goals have generally come from within a few feet of the net.

While the coaching staff is most likely aware of Sillinger's recent success, we wouldn't count of Zdeno Chara being matched up against Sillinger in order to shut him down.

Islanders vs. Bruins All-Time Series:

All-Time: 48-60-21-1       
Home: 29-27-10-0           
Road: 19-33-11-1             
OT: 5-2-15

Last Win: 11/24/07, Islanders 2 vs. Bruins 1
Last Loss: 11/23/07, Islanders 1 at Bruins 2
2006-07: Islanders went 3-0-1

2007-08 Islanders vs. Boston Bruins Schedule:
November 23, 2007 - Islanders 1 at Bruins 2
November 24, 2007 - Islanders 2 vs. Bruins 1
December 3, 2007 -  Islanders vs. Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m.
January 24, 2008 - Islanders at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m.

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compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch

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