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

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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THE REASON TO GO


1. This is the first appearance by the Dallas Stars at the Nassau Coliseum since November of 2003.

2. Watch some Western talent including all-time American NHL goal leader Mike Modano and shotoout specialist Jussi Jokinen.

3.  The Islanders are off to an incredible 8-3-0 start at home and they need your support on Monday.


 
 
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There are still tickets available to watch the Islanders and Dallas Stars meet tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

The contest on Monday features the first Western Conference foe to visit Coliseum this season.

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THE STORY
Islanders (12-8-0) vs. Dallas (12-7-4)

Rick DiPietro
The Islanders take on an unfamiliar foe in the Dallas Stars, this Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. Thanks to the NHL’s effort to increase rivalry play, the Islanders host only one Western Conference Division each year.

Now in the third year since the new system, the Islanders finally play host to the Pacific Division. It’s been more than four years since the Islanders last hosted Dallas on November 6, 2003 – an Islanders 4-1 win.

Coming into Monday’s game, the Islanders will be fresh off of their recent 2-1 victory over Boston, in which they played 60 minutes of solid hockey. The Islanders allowed a mere ten shots through two periods and received scoring help from Richard Park and Andy Hilbert.

The Islanders take on a very hot Dallas team, which has won five in a row, including Sunday's contest against the Rangers. Like the Islanders, Dallas has a very balanced attack with six players having recorded at least six goals.

Offensively, Brendan Morrow and Mike Ribeiro lead the team with 23 and 22 points respectively, while Niklas Hagman has a team-high ten goals. Sergei Zubov continues to be a threat on defense with his 20 points.

In goal, Marty Turco has played in a majority of games, sportin a 6-4-4 record, but backup Mike Smith has seen his share of games at 6-3-0. Smith has played in four of the last six games, but started on Sunday against the Rangers, so there is a good possibility Turco will get the nod.


DiPietro vs. the Stars
Rick DiPietro has an overall record of 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average in two career appearances against the Dallas Stars, including one shutout. In 2006-07, DiPietro earned a 1-0-0 record, picking up a shutout in a 3-0 win over the Stars in Dallas. Overall, Rick is 19-12-2 in 37 career games vs. the Western Conference.
 
Turco vs. the Islanders
Marty Turco comes into Monday’s action with a 2-4-1 mark in eight career games against the Islanders. Turco has a 2.53 goals against average over this span, but allowed three goals and took the loss in the lone meeting between the two clubs in 2006-07.
 
Smith vs. the Islanders
With a game at the New York Rangers on Sunday, it’s possible that backup goaltender Mike Smith could get the start against the Islanders on Monday night. Smith has appeared in 31 NHL games, including eight during the 2007-08 season. He has produced a record of 17-8-2 over the 31 games, but has never faced the Islanders.



 
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
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

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

Dallas
Goaltenders
35 Marty Turco
41 Mike Smith

Defensemen
5 Matt Niskanen - 56 Sergei Zubov
6 Trevor Daley - 43 Philippe Boucher
3 Stephane Robidas - 2 Nicklas Grossman

Forwards
11 Jeff Halpern – 9 Mike Modano – 65 Chris Conner
21 Loui Eriksson - 63 Mike Ribeiro -  10 Brendan Morrow
5 Niklas Hagman - 36 Jussi Jokinen – 14 Stu Barnes
29 Steve Ott  - 39 Joel Lundqvist – 16 Brad Winchester


 

Crucial Matchup: Dallas PP vs. Islanders PK

Richard Park
After taking on the best power play in the league against Montreal, the Islanders face the second best power play in the league, with Dallas coming to town.

With one of the best power play quarterbacks in the league in the form of Sergei Zubov, it’s no surprise Dallas converts at a rate of nearly 30%.

Dallas has seven go-to-guys on their power play – Brendan Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Jere Lehtinen, Zubov, Mike Modano, Niklas Hagman and Jussi Jokinen. Each have scored at least two goals and have recorded at least five points on the power play. Second year man Loui Eriksson has made quite an impression in only 11 games this season. He recorded his first goal of the season, while playing on the power play in Sunday's contest against the Rangers.

The Islanders have used a nice blend of pressure and good body position to have an effective penalty kill to this point. With all of the skill out there on the Dallas penalty, the Islanders penalty killers will want to be confident if they try to step up because one wrong step and a few passes later the puck will be behind Rick DiPietro.

However, the Islanders also have to watch out for the speed factor. Both Dallas power play goals against the Rangers came on the rush.
 

Islanders Leaderboard Through 20 Games

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

Assists
1. Mike Comrie 11
2. Chris Campoli 9
3. Miroslav Satan 6            
   
Points
1. Mike Comrie 18
2. Ruslan Fedotenko 13
3. Miroslav Satan 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 8-3 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 W, 2-1  
11/26    7:00 p.m.    vs. Dallas   
11/28    7:00 p.m.    vs. Ottawa   
11/29    7:00 p.m.    @ NY Rangers   


 

 
Milestones Recorded
  • Islanders recorded their 1,200 win all-time on 11/24 vs. BOR
  • 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

DP and the Islanders Feel the Heat

Josef Vasicek
The Islanders come into Monday’s game against the Dallas Stars having had plenty of recent success against not only the Stars, but the entire Western Conference. In 2006-07, the Islanders were 4-3-3 in 10 games vs. the West and in 2005-06 the Orange and Blue were 6-3-1. Combined, the Islanders are 10-6-4 in their last 20 games against the Western Conference. Plenty of the recent success stems from solid play in net. Rick DiPietro comes into Monday’s game with a 19-12-2 record in 37 career games vs. the West. DiPietro was 3-3-0 in 2006-07 and 6-2-0 in 2005-06 against the West.

Mixing and Matching

In order to spark the offense, Ted Nolan broke up his usual line pairings for Saturday’s contest to form some new lines.

Richard Park and Chris Simon each saw time with Mike Comrie and Bill Guerin. Ruslan Fedotenko joined Josef Vasicek and Miroslav Satan to make an All-European line.

Considering the Islanders were victorious, Ted is likely to stay with the line combinations that ended the game and created the winning formula. But if the Islanders fall behind and little offense is being generated, don’t be surprised to see some more mixing and matching.


Islanders vs. Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars All-Time Series:

All-Time: 48-32-16-0       
Home: 26-14-8-0
Road: 22-18-8-0
OT: 2-1-7

Last Win: 11/15/06, Islanders 3, at Stars 0
Last Loss: 3/23/01, Islanders 1 at Stars 2
2006-07: Islanders went 1-0-0


2007-08 Islanders vs. Western Conference:
11/26/07 vs. Dallas 7:00 p.m.
12/13/07 vs. Phoenix 7:00 p.m.
1/5/08 at Colorado 9:00 p.m.
1/7/08 at Edmonton 9:00 p.m.
1/8/08 at Vancouver 10:00 p.m.
1/11/08 at Calgary 9:00 p.m.
1/31/08 vs. Los Angeles 7:00 p.m.
2/5/08 vs. Anaheim 7:00 p.m.
2/9/08 at Minnesota 6:00 p.m.
2/18/08 vs. San Jose 2:00 p.m.



LOUDVILLE IS OPEN!

A reminder to area students hoping to watch their 12-8-0 Islanders take on the Dallas Stars

Four easy steps gets students into the game for just $10.

1. Show up at the Coliseum loud and proud to be an Islanders fan.

2. LOUDVILLE tickets go on sale 60 minutes before game time, so line up at the Coliseum box office with your friends and/or make some new ones among the community of young Islanders fans on line. There are a limited number of seats available per game, so arrive early to secure a seat.

3. Bring your Student ID! There is a limit of one $10 LOUDVILLE ticket per ID. Sorry folks, but there will be no exceptions.

4. 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!

 

 


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compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch


 
 
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