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

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Islanders host Military Appreciation Night: tickets still available, purchase them here

1. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales support the Wounded Warrior Project
2. Watch the red-hot Islanders go for their fourth win in a row

Tonight features one of the best goaltending rivalries in the game with puckhandling geniuses Rick DiPietro and Martin Brodeur squaring off against each other. You know Ricky will be pumped for this game, and so should you.

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.

Click here to purchase tickets today!


Islanders (8-4-0) vs. New Jersey (5-7-2)
The Islanders claim the highest winning percentage in the Atlantic Division after knocking off the Rangers 3-2 last night at the Nassau Coliseum for their third consecutive win.
Trent Hunter, Ruslan Fedotenko and Miroslav Satan scored in the third period for the Islanders, who recorded their second consecutive come-from-behind win, putting them at an impressive 2-3-0 on the season when trailing after two periods.
The win also makes the Islanders 7-0 this season against teams that made the 2006-07 postseason. The Islanders will try to raise that to 8-0 when the New Jersey Devils come to town for Military Appreciation Night.

New Jersey is currently last in the Atlantic Division, but only four points behind the Islanders. They've had an up-and-down season, with the biggest surprise being their defense, which has allowed a division-high 44 goals.

The Devils have lost their last two – one in overtime – including a 5-0 blowout to Pittsburgh on Monday.

DiPietro vs. the Devils
Rick DiPietro comes into Saturday night’s action with an 8-8-1 career record in 19 games against the New Jersey Devils. Over this span, DiPietro has a 2.42 goals against average, allowing 46 goals. DiPietro is currently 1-0-0 vs. the Devils during 2007-08, stopping 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime win at the Coliseum on October 20th.

Brodeur vs. Islanders
Martin Brodeur will take the ice on Saturday night with an overall record of 38-17-4-2 against the Islanders. For his career against the Orange and Blue, Brodeur has logged 3,650 minutes and has a 2.17 goals against average, including ten shutouts. In 2006-07 Brodeur went 5-1-1, allowing a total of 11 goals and shutting out the Islanders on three occasions, including his 90th career shutout on February 8, 2007. Brodeur did not play in the Devils 4-3 overtime loss back on October 20th at the Coliseum.

(potential lines and D pairings)

39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz


32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
25 Andy Sutton - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
14 Chris Campoli - 8 Bruno Gervais
Day-to-day: Bryan Berard

26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 89 Mike Comrie - 7 Trent Hunter
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 13 Bill Guerin
10 Richard Park - 63 Josef Vasicek - 81 Miroslav Satan
12 Chris Simon - 29 Ben Walter - 28 Tim Jackman
Day-to-day: Sean Bergenheim, Shawn Bates

New Jersey
1 Kevin Weekes
30 Martin Brodeur

6 Andy Greene - 7 Paul Martin
27 Mike Mottau - 29 John Oduya
2 Vitaly Vishnevski - 8 Sheldon Brookbank

9 Zach Parise - 19 Travis Zajac - 14 Brian Gionta
26 Patrik Elias - 18 Sergei Brylin - 23 David Clarkson
20 Jay Pandolfo - 11 John Madden - 16 Dainius Zubrus
17 Mike Rupp - 10 Rod Pelley - 22 Arron Asham

Crucial Matchup: That's the big question!
The Devils are notorious for matching lines. There have been times in the past when New Jersey has made close to a half-dozen line changes in under a minute just to get the lines matched up properly.

The big question for Saturday's game is which line does the John Madden-shutdown line skate against? If there is any team in the league with balanced scoring now, it's the Islanders.

Last game, members of the Mike Comrie line and Josef Vasicek line scored, but at the same time, Bill Guerin, playing on another line, has been red hot. So who does Brent Sutter pit Madden against?

Our bet would be the Comrie line, featuring Ruslan Fedotenko and Trent Hunter. But we will find out Saturday.

The Start of Something Big
While 12 games do not usually tell much about a team, Islanders history will show differently. Five previous Islander teams have started a season with at least eight wins in their first 12 games and all five went on to at least the first round of the playoffs.

Below is a look at how each team started and finished in their respective seasons:

Islander teams with at least eight wins in their first 12 games...

Year First 11 Games Finishing Record Result
1982-83 10-2-0 42-26-12 Stanley Cup Champions
2001-02 9-1-1-1 42-28-8-4 Lost First Round
1981-82 8-1-3 54-16-10 Stanley Cup Champions
1976-77 8-2-2 47-21-12 Lost Third Round (Semi-Finals)
1987-88 8-3-1 39-31-10 Lost First Round
2007-08 8-4-0 ??? ???

Islanders Leaderboard Through 12 Games

Player Goals
1. Mike Comrie 5
Bill Guerin 5
Ruslan Fedotenko 5


Player Assits
1. Mike Comrie 10
2. Chris Campoli 7
3. Bill Guerin 6
Miroslav Satan 6
Ruslan Fedotenko 6

Player Points
1. Mike Comrie 15
Bill Guerin 11
3. Ruslan Fedotenko 10
Miroslav Satan 10


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).






7:00 p.m.

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 4-0


7:00 p.m.

vs. Pittsburgh

W, 3-2


7:00 p.m.

vs. NY Rangers

W, 3-2


7:00 p.m.

vs. New Jersey



7:00 p.m.

@ Philadelphia



7:30 p.m.

@ Pittsburgh



7:00 p.m.

@ New Jersey



7:00 p.m.

@ NY Rangers



7:00 p.m.

vs. Montreal



12:00 p.m.

@ Boston



7:00 p.m.

vs. Boston



7:00 p.m.

vs. Dallas



7:00 p.m.

vs. Ottawa



7:00 p.m.

@ NY Rangers



Milestone Watch
  • Rick DiPietro is three wins away from his 100th career NHL victory (97-83-8-14 in 215 games).
  • Islanders are four wins away from 1,200 all-time.
  • Islanders are two wins away from 500 all-time road wins.

Milestones Recorded
  • 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.

DiPietro vs. Brodeur
Besides the Rangers, there is not a team that Rick DiPietro gets more excited to play against than the New Jersey Devils, and it's not because they're division rivals, it's because of Martin Brodeur.

Ever since DiPietro saw the way Brodeur handled the puck as a goaltender, he had a new-found appreciation for the Devils netminder.

The two goaltenders' ability to force opposing line changes to be quick and accurate is something to watch for on Saturday. This is especially true during power plays. When you think of having three defensemen on the ice, it will be true for both sides.

History Repeats Itself
Less than a month ago, the Islanders and Devils played a thrilling overtime game at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders were breezing, holding a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. But it was an all-too-familiar sight.

At the end of the 2006-07 regular season, the Islanders also sported a two-goal lead in the third period, only to have New Jersey tie the game in the final minute to force overtime and a shootout. The Islanders' ultimately won in the shootout to clinch the playoffs, but the game was more interesting than they had hoped.

History repeated itself on October 20 during Firefighter Appreciation Night. Jay Pandolfo and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals to force overtime. But once again, the Islanders prevailed, using a Bill Guerin overtime, power play goal to clinch the 4-3 victory.

With the Islanders playing "comeback kids" the past two games, look for some heroics from the team trailing in the third period.

Islanders vs. Devils All-Time Series:

All-Time: 102-59-22-4
Home: 59-23-11-1
Road: 43-36-11-3
OT: 11-7-16

Last Win: 10/20/07, Islanders 4, Devils 3 (OT)
Last Loss: 3/27/07, Islanders 2, Devils 3
2006-07: Devils won season series 5-2-1
2007-08: Islanders lead series 1-0-0

2007-08 Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils Schedule:
October 20, 2007 - Islanders 4 vs. Devils 3 (OT)
November 10, 2007 - Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
November 16, 2007 - Islanders at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
December 29, 2007 - Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
January 16, 2008 - Islanders at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
February 23, 2008 - Islanders at New Jersey Devils, 1:00 p.m.
March 21, 2008 - Islanders at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
April 1, 2008 - Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.

*All times EST


Military Appreciation Night
The Islanders are proud to announce Military Appreciation Night, presented by Stony Brook University, on Saturday, November 10.

All men and women of the Armed Forces will receive a special discounted rate – up to 40% off box office prices with tickets starting at just $16 – for this game if they call 1 800.882.ISLES, ext. 3 and mention the unit they were/are a member of. Current and retired members of the Armed Forces can also purchase their discounted tickets at the Coliseum box office by showing proper ID.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to raise the awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit their website at

The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Military-themed Islanders cap, courtesy of Fox Sports New York. The limited edition hat is the final installment of a three-part, hat-themed series.

On hand will be the Long Island Military Vehicle Restoration Club, with its authentic war machinery, vehicles and uniforms spanning generations and dating back to World War I. This will be your chance to hold in the palm of your hand equipment that was used during the heat of battle.

Dressed in the uniform of the respective wars, members of the LIMVRC will discuss the history and importance of each piece of equipment and vehicle on display for a unique and fun experience you can only find on this special day at the Coliseum.

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.

Click here to purchase tickets today!

Bridgeport Report
The Sound Tigers suffered their fourth straight loss on Friday, November 2nd in Binghamton by the score of 5-2, but the loss was quickly erased from memory as the team picked up two consecutive victories in the span of two days. Bridgeport picked up a 4-1 victory on Saturday and a 3-0 win at home on Sunday against Norfolk. Saturday’s blowout saw the Sound Tigers connect on three power-play goals and one short-handed goal while Tambellini registered a point on each of the four scores. On Sunday Bridgeport received a strong performance from Pascal Morency, who tallied his first AHL goal in the win. Sound Tigers netminder Mike Morrison stopped 22 shots for his first shutout of the season. The Sound Tigers go back to work on Wednesday, November 7th when they face the Worcester Sharks at 11 am in Bridgeport and then travel to Philadelphia to take on the Phantoms on Friday at 7:05 pm.

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.

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compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch

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