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GET TO THE GAME: Ottawa at Islanders - Wednesday at 7:05 pm

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Tickets are still available, purchase them here



THE REASON TO GO
1. Watch the Islanders measure up against the top team in the Eastern Conference

2. Come support the Islanders at the Coliseum the night before they take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden



GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY

There are still tickets to available to watch the Islanders host one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

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 on Wednesday at the Coliseum.

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LOUDVILLE IS OPEN!

Students: Loudville tix for just $10 each available for the final two big games at the Coliseum this week: Wednesday (Ottawa) and Saturday (Atlanta); regular $16 NYI Student Discount program also available!

The Islanders continue to be one of the great stories of this NHL season. With two more huge games this week, here's a reminder for all students looking to play their part:
 
This is your chance for $10 tickets this week to see Rick DiPietro and the Islanders take on the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday and the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday. 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!
 

THE STORY

Rick DiPietro
Islanders (12-8-1) vs. Ottawa (16-5-1)
The Islanders look to prove themselves against one of the most gifted offensive teams in the league on Wednesday when they face the high-flying Ottawa Senators.

After falling in the Stanley Cup Final to Anaheim last season, Ottawa is back with a vengeance. They began the 2007-08 season on a tear, having won 13 of their first 14 games.

But recent struggles have seen Ottawa go 1-3-1 in their past five games and an all but secured top goaltending spot by Martin Gerber vanish.

With Ray Emery injured for much of the start of the season, Gerber took the reigns and led Ottawa to their impressive start, but he has given up eight goals in his past two starts. He was recently pulled for Emery, who hasn't won since November 1.

The Islanders will try to play their game on the home surface of the Nassau Coliseum and shut down the potent Ottawa offense that ranks fourth in the league. Ottawa is one of only five teams to record more than three goals per game.


DiPietro vs. Senators
Rick DiPietro comes into Wednesday night's game with a 2-5-0 overall record in eight games against Ottawa. Rick has allowed 27 goals over this span for a 3.86 goals against average. In 2006-07, DiPietro had one start against the Senators and was defeated 2-0 in Ottawa on December 27th.

Gerber vs. Islanders
Martin Gerber comes into Wednesday night's game with a 3-2-0 career record in five games against the Islanders, including a 2.05 goals against average and one shutout. In 2006-07, Gerber started two games against the Islanders - both at the Coliseum - and went 2-0-0, allowing two goals in each game.

Emery vs. Islanders
Ray Emery is currently 4-0-0 all-time against the Islanders in four career games with a 1.75 goals against average, including one shutout. In 2006-07, Emery started two games vs. the Islanders, going 2-0-0 and picking up a 2-0 shutout on December 27th. Both starts last season for Emery came in Ottawa.


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
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
10 Sean Bergenheim – 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park




OTTAWA
Goaltenders
29 Martin Gerber
1   Ray Emery 

Defensemen
6   Wade Redden - 14 Andrej Meszaros 
4   Chris Phillips – 24 Anton Volchenkov
7   Joe Corvo - 2 Luke Richardson
5 Christoph Schubert 

Forwards
15 Dany Heatley - 19 Jason Spezza - 37 Dean McAmmond
27 Randy Robitaille - 12 Mike Fisher - 25 Chris Neil
20 Antoine Vermette - 22 Chris Kelly - 41 Alexander Nikulin
10 Shean Donovan - 16 Brian McGrattan

Injured: Daniel Alfredsson (expected to return)




Crucial Matchup: Ottawa offense vs. Islanders defense

Radek Martinek and Brendan Witt
Ottawa's 3.15 goals per game is just .17 off of the league-leading Carolina pace and would be higher if not for their recent stretch.

If you took away the two anomalies in the Islanders schedule – the losses to Toronto and Carolina by the combined score of 16-4 – the Orange and Blue would have a 2.00 goals against average, which would rank second in the league.

Wednesday's matchup is the ultimate offense versus defense test.

Radek Martinek, Brendan Witt and the Mike Sillinger line will have their hands full when they take on Daniel Alfredsson (expected to return from a groin injury), Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and the rest of the Ottawa offense.

The Islanders couldn't get the job done last year, dropping all four contests to Ottawa. However, Rick DiPietro only played in one game last year, losing a 2-0 decision.

And with another year under Ted Nolan, the Islanders will be even more prepared than a season ago to face the highly skilled Senators squad.




Islanders Leaderboard Through 21 Games

Goals
1. Josef Vasicek  8           
2. Mike Comrie  7
3. Ruslan Fedotenko 6
    Miroslav Satan  6
5. Bill Guerin  5
   
Assists
1. Mike Comrie 11
2. Chris Campoli 9
3. Miroslav Satan 7
    Ruslan Fedotenko 7
    Bruno Gervais  7            
   
Points
1. Mike Comrie 18
2. Ruslan Fedotenko 13
    Miroslav Satan 13
4. Chris Campoli 11
    Bill Guerin 11
    Josef Vasicek 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 8-4 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
11/24    7:00 p.m.     vs. Boston    W, 2-1
11/26    7:00 p.m.    vs. Dallas    OTL, 2-3
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 11/19 vs. NYR.
  • 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

So Far So Good
The Islanders come into Wednesday night's action against the NHL point-leading Ottawa Senators. The Islanders have proved all season long they are not intimidated by the NHL's best. In fact, coming into Wednesday's game the Islanders are 10-1-0 against 2006-07 Eastern Conference playoff teams. They have played at least one game against every Eastern Conference playoff team from a year ago except for Ottawa and Atlanta. The Islanders lone loss came at the hands of the Penguins in Pittsburgh on November 15th.

Games vs. 2006-07 Eastern Conference Playoffs Teams:
10/5    at Buffalo    W, 6-4
10/6    vs. Buffalo    W, 3-2
10/10    vs. NY Rangers    W, 3-2
10/20    vs. New Jersey    W, 4-3 (OT)
11/1    vs. Tampa Bay    W, 4-0
11/3    vs. Pittsburgh    W, 3-2
11/6    vs. NY Rangers    W, 3-2
11/10    vs. New Jersey    W, 2-1
11/15    at Pittsburgh    L, 2-3
11/16    at New Jersey    W, 1-0
11/19    at NY Rangers    W, 2-1
11/28    vs. Ottawa    ???


Score First
If there is one thing the Islanders should plan on doing Wednesday, it's score the first goal. The Ottawa Senators are nearly unbeatable – 14-0-1 – when they score the game's first goal. The Islanders sit at 6-6-0 when they've allowed the first goal of the game.
Conversely, the Islanders are 6-2-1 when they've notched the first tally, while Ottawa is a mortal 2-4-0 when their opponents have put one on the board first.


Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators All-Time Series:
All-Time: 10-33-11-1      
Home: 5-16-6-1
Road: 5-17-5-0
OT: 0-2-11

Last Win: 1/19/04, Islanders 5 vs. Senators 2
Last Loss: 3/31/07, Islanders 2 vs. Senators 5
2006-07: Islanders went 0-4-0

2007-08 Season Series:
November 28, 2007 - Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m.
December 27, 2007 - Islanders at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.
January 13, 2008 - Islanders at Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m.
January 29, 2008 - Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m.



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compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch






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