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GET TO THE GAME: Carolina at Islanders - Today at 2:05 pm

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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THE REASON TO GO
1. To see the Islanders and Rick DiPietro for the final time at the Coliseum before the All-Star break.

2. Watch the Islanders seek to climb closer to the top of the Eastern Conference Standings

3. Root on the kids from Qiqihar and Harbin, China as they take part in pre-game and in-game ceremonies.


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The Islanders host the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes for the final time of the 2007-08 regular season.

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LONG ISLAND HOCKEY FEST
General Colin Powell to drop the ceremonial faceoff

The Islanders have been playing host to one of the largest Long Island hockey tournaments in history – the Lighthouse Tournament. With over 2,000 kids from all across Long Island, China, Finland and Westchester taking part in this tournament, the Islanders will celebrate its conclusion on Monday afternoon.

As part of the International Division of the Lighthouse Tournament, two teams from China – Qiqihar and Harbin – have been competing against a team from Finland and Westchester.
On Monday, the Chinese youngsters will stand beside the players during the singing of the National Anthem and take part in an intermission.

As part of the celebration, General Colin Powell will be dropping the ceremonial puck to begin the game.

Come to the Coliseum to cheer on the hockey players from China!




 
THE STORY
Islanders (23-18-5) vs. Carolina (23-23-4)

Rick DiPietro
With three games remaining before the All-Star break, the Islanders will have their work cut out. After an 8-3 loss at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum back on October 27, the Islanders have already returned the favor, securing a 4-1 victory on New Year’s Eve in Raleigh.

Both teams will be playing with a lot of emotion and intensity as every point in the tight Eastern Conference can make a difference in playoff positioning. Heading into Monday’s matchup Carolina sits in the third slot in the Eastern Conference with 50 points, due to their lead in the Southeast Division.

The Islanders, with 51 points, are tied with Boston in the seventh spot and can gain ground on the surging Philadelphia Flyers for sixth place. With every game virtually a four-point swing, the Islanders and Hurricanes will be playing Monday’s game like an intense battle between two rival clubs.

DiPietro vs. Hurricanes
Rick DiPietro comes into Monday afternoon with a 5-8-0 career mark in 13 games against the Carolina Hurricanes with a 3.40 goals against average. DiPietro is 0-1-0 during the 2007-08 season against the Hurricanes.

Ward vs. Islanders
Cam Ward is expected to be in net on Monday afternoon against the Islanders. The game will mark the first start of the season for Ward against the Islanders. Ward saw limited action when the Islanders played in Carolina on New Year’s Eve, replacing John Grahame in net and allowing one goal on 10 shots in a 4-1 loss.  For his career, Ward is 4-1-0 in six games against the Islanders with a 1.99 goals against average.


 

THE LINEUPS
(potential lines and D pairings)


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
33 Mike Morrison

Defensemen
44 Freddy Meyer – 8 Bruno Gervais
25 Andy Sutton – 4 Bryan Berard
2   Aaron Johnson – 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

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


CAROLINA
Goaltenders
47 John Grahame
30 Cam Ward

Defensemen
6 Bret Hedican - 42 Tim Gleason
5 Frantisek Kaberle  -7 Niclas Wallin          
2 Glen Wesley – 22 Mike Commodore

Forwards
61 Cory Stillman – 12 Eric Staal – 13 Ray Whitney
14 Sergei Samsonov – 17 Rod Brind'Amour – 26 Erik Cole
 24 Scott Walker – 8 Matt Cullen - 16 Andrew Ladd
59 Chad Larose – 19 Trevor Letowski



 

Crucial Matchup: Mike Sillinger vs. Rod Brind'Amour

Mike Sillingers and Rod Brind'Amour
Two of the best faceoff men in the league go head-to-head on Saturday when Mike Sillinger squares off against Rod Brind'Amour.

These two juggernauts of the draw have been two of the best in the league over the past decade. Last season, Sillinger and Brind'Armour were the only two centermen to eclipse 1000 faceoff wins.

This season is no different for either player. Brind’Amour comes into the matchup ranked third in the NHL, winning 58.1 percent of his faceoffs while Sillinger is fifth, winning 55.8 percent of his faceoffs taken.

Each has complete respect for one another and has dueled countless times at the faceoff circle. Monday afternoon will be the next chapter in this epic battle within the game.




Islanders Leaderboard Through 47 Games

Goals
1. Bill Guerin 18
2. Mike Comrie 14
3. Bruno Gervais 12

Assists
1. Mike Comrie 22
2. Trent Hunter 16
3. Miroslav Satan 15
  
Points
1. Mike Comrie 36
2. Bill Guerin 28
3. Miroslav Satan 25




WHO'S HOT:
  • Mike Sillinger has tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last eight games.
  • The Islanders have recorded at least one point in 11 of their last 14 games.
  • Bill Guerin has scored 10 goals in his last 14 games.



ISLANDERS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (as of 1/19/07):
  • Brendan Witt is eighth in the NHL with 109 blocked shots
  • Mike Sillinger is fifth in the NHL with a 55.8 faceoff percentage.
  • Trent Hunter ranks second in the NHL with 156 hits.



MILESTONE WATCH:
  • Mike Comrie is two points away from 300 in his NHL career.



SUBPLOT
Home-and-Home

Monday’s contest will be the first game of a home-and-home series between the Islanders and Hurricanes. Both teams will want to come out of the gate fast to gain momentum heading into Tuesday’s matchup in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Islanders are no stranger when it comes to home-and-home series over the past few months. This will be the third set of such games for the Isles during the 2007-08 season. The Islanders are 3-1-0 on the season in these situations. Opening weekend the Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres on consecutive nights and then split a pair with the Boston Bruins on Thanksgiving weekend. The key part to this statistic is that the Islanders are currently 2-0-0 in the home portion of the games.

The Hurricanes have had two opportunities to play the same opponent twice in a row, but did not happen on consecutive days. Carolina played the Florida Panthers over a four-day span in late October and early November and split the meetings 1-1. More recently the Canes met the Atlanta Thrashers on January 2nd and January 4th, going 1-0-1 in the two games.

Which team will show up?

With two games complete of a four game series between these two clubs, the first two could not have been more opposite. On October 27th the Islanders lost 8-3 in their own building to Carolina. Rick DiPietro allowed six goals and was replaced by Wade Dubielewicz in the third period.

On New Year’s Eve the Islanders got the best of Carolina in their building, winning 4-1 behind four second period goals and a brilliant performance in net by Wade Dubielewicz.

The Islanders will be playing with some extra emotion to try and erase a bitter defeat on their home ice back on October 27th to the Hurricanes.




LOUDVILLE IS OPEN!
High School and college students, this is your chance for $10 tickets to see Rick DiPietro and the Islanders take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday afternoon. 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!




 
New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

All-Time Series Results:
All-Time: 43-47-9-0
Home: 23-22-4-0
Road: 20-25-5-0
OT: 4-2-6

Last Win: 12/31/07, Islanders 4 at Hurricanes 1
Last Loss: 10/27/07, Islanders 3 vs. Hurricanes 8
Last OT/SO: 10/21/06, Islanders 4 vs. Hurricanes 3 (SO)
2006-07: Islanders went 2-2-0
2007-08: Islanders are 1-1-0

2007-08 Season Series:
October 27, 2007 – Islanders 3 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 8
December 31, 2007 – Islanders 4 at Carolina Hurricanes 1
January 21, 2008 – Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 2:00 p.m.
January 22, 2008 – Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m.
*All times EST


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Compiled by Adam Baruch and Jason Lockhart




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