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

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Tickets are still available, purchase them here


THE REASON TO GO

1. A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to Stony Brook Foundation to honor a student from the Town of Brookhaven.

2. Show your support for the Town of Brookhaven

3.  After battling each other on Friday, the Islanders and Bruins should have some unresolved issues tonight. You won't want to miss it!




GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY
There are still tickets to available to watch the Islanders and Bruins go head-to-head for the second time in two days.

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 tonight at the Coliseum.

Click here to purchase tickets today!


THE STORY
Islanders (11-8-0) vs. Boston (11-7-2)

Besides the Islanders-Rangers games, there are few things better than taking on the same opponent in back-to-back games.

That is the scenario tonight, when Boston travels to the Nassau Coliseum to meet the Islanders. Following their tight 2-1 contest in Boston, tempers are sure to be flying for Round 2.

Tim Jackman and Jeremy Reich already went punch for punch. Come to Saturday's game to see who will be next to go toe-to-toe.

Each team is playing quality hockey and sport records above .500. A win could move the victor into the upper echelon of Eastern Conference teams.

DiPietro vs. Bruins
Rick DiPietro has an overall record of 5-3-2 in 11 career appearances against Boston. 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 2-3-0 mark in four career games against the Islanders. Thomas is fresh off his one goal against performance and registered a 1-1-0 record in two games last season against the Orange and Blue.


4-TICKET VALUE PACK TONIGHT

For only $128 receive 4 tickets, 2 Nathan's value meal vouchers and $25 gift certificate to tonight's Islanders-Bruins matchup

The Islanders are proud to announce the Value Pack for Saturday's contest against Boston. For only $128, fans receive four tickets, 2 Nathan's Value meal vouchers and a $25 gift certificate to Boulder Creek.

Come watch one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference battle it out against the Boston, who is also making a name for itself this season. The Islanders have used the enthusiasm of the crowd this season to go an impressive 7-3-0 at the Nassau Coliseum.

This is a great opportunity to spend Saturday evening at the Coliseum with the whole family for Thanksgiving.

Get your Islanders Value Pack by calling 1.800.882.ISLES ext. 2:
  • 4 tickets
  • 2 Nathan's value meal vouchers*
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Boulder Creek
$240 VALUE
FOR ONLY $128

*Valid at Nathan's Restaurants only. Excludes Nassau Coliseum.
**offer valid only for 11/24 game, while supplies last


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
14 Chris Campoli - 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 89 Mike Comrie - 13 Bill Guerin
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
10 Sean Bergenheim - 63 Josef Vasicek - 81 Miroslav Satan
12 Chris Simon – 10 Richard Park – 28 Tim Jackman


BOSTON
Goaltenders
30 Tim Thomas
40 Tuukka Rask

Defensemen        
33 Zdeno Chara - 44 Aaron Ward
41 Andrew Alberts – 6 Dennis Wideman
38 Bobby Allen - 45 Mark Stuart


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


Crucial Matchup: Chara vs. the Islanders Offense

There is not a bigger player in the NHL than Zdeno Chara. At 6-9, Chara is the only player above seven feet tall in the NHL while on skates.

His physical presence around the net and along the boards is daunting. Despite his size, Chara skates well for a big man and his reach makes up for any lack of speed.

The Islanders are a grind-it-out team that loves to use the boards to their advantage. With the big Slovak on the other side, the Islanders offense might have to get the puck to the point or in the slot in order to create scoring chances.


Islanders Leaderboard Through 18 Games

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

Assists
1. Mike Comrie 11
2. Chris Campoli 9
3. Miroslav Satan 6            
   
Points
1. Mike Comrie 17
2. Miroslav Satan 12
3. Ruslan Fedotenko 12
4. 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 7-3 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
1124    7:00 p.m.     vs. Boston   
11/26    7:00 p.m.    vs. Dallas   
11/28    7:00 p.m.    vs. Ottawa   
11/29    7:00 p.m.    @ NY Rangers   


Milestone Watch
  • Islanders are one win away from 1,200 all-time.
Milestones Recorded
  • 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

Who comes out fresher in the back-to-back?
When two teams play those rare back-to-back games against one another, the question is, who will have more jump in Game 2.

The Islanders are 2-1 this season on the back end of a back-to-back sequence, while Boston is 2-1-1.

The Islanders will get an advantage, while being at home, and to have added jump after Friday's loss.

Rick vs. Thomas or Rick vs. Rask?
All signs are pointing to Rick DiPietro playing in both games this weekend. Following Wednesday loss to Montreal, when asked if he's sit out a game this weekend, DiPietro replied by saying "I'm feeling fresh and want to play in as many games as I can. I can't see myself sitting against Boston."

The bigger question is will Tim Thomas play in back-to-back games. With Manny Fernandez injured, rookie Tuukka Rask had his first go in an NHL game on Tuesday and defeated Montreal 4-2.

Will the Islanders see a more familiar foe in Thomas or a newcomer in Rask? Stay tuned.

Islanders vs. Bruins All-Time Series:

All-Time: 47-60-21-1
Home: 28-27-10-0
Road: 19-33-11-1
OT: 5-2-15

Last Win: 2/15/07, Islanders 4 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 Remaining Schedule:
November 24, 2007 - Islanders vs. Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m
December 3, 2007 - Islanders vs. Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m
January 24, 2008 - Islanders at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m

*All times EST



BROOKHAVEN NIGHT AT THE COLISEUM

Town residents receive up to 40% off tickets - with prices starting at $16, Family Value Pack for just $128, submit photos of your town to be shown on the Video Board

Join the New York Islanders for the first of four memorable nights honoring some of the townships on Long Island that are proud to say "We're All Islanders."

On Saturday, the Islanders will be paying special tribute to the Town of Brookhaven. All residents of the Town will receive a discount of up to 40% off, with ticket prices starting at just $16! This night is dedicated to reaching out to the community and getting residents of Brookhaven closer to the Islanders.

Show your pride for your community by being apart of this very special celebration of the Town of Brookhaven. All kids will receive a T-Shirt courtesy of Mr. Jay Appliances and TV. Face painting will also be available on the concourse. Don’t miss a fun night with the Islanders, the Ice Girls, and Sparky as we take on the Boston Bruins.

A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to a program to support a
Stony Brook University student from the Town of Brookhaven.

Fans are also encouraged to send photos of the Town of Brookhaven to fanphotos@newyorkislanders.com. Your photo may appear on the Video Board during Saturday's game at the Coliseum.

All kids in attendance will receive a T-Shirt, courtesy of Mr. Jay Appliances and TV

Prior to the game, Islanders Business Club members will enjoy another exciting networking event at the Long Island Marriott. For more information on the Islanders Business Club, CLICK HERE.

Visit the Coliseum on Saturday and show your town pride as the Islanders celebrate the Town of Brookhaven.


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compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch


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