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GET TO THE GAME: Philadelphia at Islanders

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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THE REASON TO GO
1. Represent the Town of Hempstead and support the March of Dimes

2. Watch the Islanders seek to climb closer to the top of the Atlantic Division standings



 

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY
The Islanders host the new-look Philadelphia Flyers featuring Daniel Briere and defenseman Kimmo Timonen for the first time this season at the Nassau 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.

We'll see you on Saturday at the Coliseum.

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THE STORY
Islanders (23-18-5) vs. Philadelphia (24-15-5)

The Islanders have earned points in 11 of their last 14 games, and after defeating New Jersey last night 3-1, the Islanders find themselves just four points back of the Atlantic Division-leading Devils.

But before they can catch New Jersey they'll have to surpass two Pennsylvania teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers, who come to town on Saturday. With the Islanders just two points back of the revamped Flyers, they could be deadlocked in the standings with an Islanders regulation win.

Philadelphia began the season on a role and the undisputed top team in the Atlantic Division, but they faded back into the pack. Antero Niittymaki has taken the starting goaltending position away from Martin Biron and has helped the Flyers to an 8-1-1 record over their last ten games.
The return of Simon Gagne has sparked the Philadelphia offense, which has tallied 20 goals in his first four games back.

DiPietro vs. Flyers
Rick DiPietro comes into Saturday night’s action with a 6-8-0 career mark in 14 games against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 2.74 goals against average, including one shutout. DiPietro is 0-2-0 during the 2007-08 season, but has allowed only a total of five games over this span. This will be DiPietro’s first meeting with the Flyers this season at Nassau Coliseum.

Biron  vs. Islanders
Martin Biron may be in net on Saturday night against the Islanders. Biron is 10-4-1-0 in 15 career games against the Islanders with a 2.03 goals against average, including two shutouts. Biron is 2-0-0 this season against his division foes and has allowed 1.50 goals against average over this span, giving up just a total of three goals.

Niittymaki vs. Islanders
Antero Niittymaki could get the start in net on Saturday night when the Flyers come to Nassau Coliseum. Niittymaki has appeared in nine career games against the Islanders, going 2-6-1 over this span with a 3.14 goals against average. In 2006-07, Niittymaki went 1-3-1 against the Islanders, including 1-0-1 at Nassau Coliseum.




 

THE LINEUPS
(potential lines and D pairings)


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

Defensemen
44 Freddy Meyer – 8 Bruno Gervais
25 Andy Sutton – 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
14 Chris Campoli – 4 Bryan Berard

Forwards
28 Tim Jackman – 11 Andy Hilbert – 57 Blake Comeau
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


PHILADELPHIA
Goaltenders
43 Martin Biron
30 Antero Niittymaki

Defensemen
5  Braydon Coburn - 2 Derian Hatcher
44 Kimmo Timonen - 26  Jim Vandermeer
21 Jason Smith – 6 Randy Jones

Forwards
20 R.J. Umberger - 48 Daniel Briere – 12 Simon Gagne
19 Scott Hartnell - 18 Mike Richards – 27 Steve Downie
22 Mike Knuble - 17 Jeff Carter - 9 Scottie Upshall
24 Sami Kapanen - 34 Jim Dowd - 32 Riley Cote





 
Crucial Matchup: Bruno/Freddy vs. Briere/Gagne

With Simon Gagne back in the lineup, the top Flyers unit is back to its menacing look, which also includes the slippery Daniel Briere. A thorn in the Islanders' side in last year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Briere is looking to lead his new team back to the playoffs.

Matching up against the dangerous Briere/Gagne combination will be the young tandem of Freddy Meyer and Bruno Gervais. The two have successfully stopped the Daniel Alfredsson-Jason Spezza duo and the Patrik Elias-Brian Gionta line last night.

They'll go up against an equally talented, fast and strong line when they take on Gagne and Briere, who are flanked by R.J. Umberger. Keeping these three at bay will only be the beginning, because the second line features Flyers point leader Mike Richards.






 
Islanders Leaderboard Through 45 Games

Goals
1. Bill Guerin 17
2. Mike Comrie 14
3. Mike Sillinger 11

Assists
1. Mike Comrie  22
2. Trent Hunter 16
3. Chris Campoli 14
    Ruslan Fedotenko 14
    Miroslav Satan 14
  
Points
1. Mike Comrie 36
2. Bill Guerin 27
3. Miroslav Satan 24



 

WHO'S HOT:
  • Rick DiPietro has recorded 31-or-more saves in seven of his last eight games
  • 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 nine goals in his last 13 games.

ISLANDERS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (as of 1/17/07):
  • Brendan Witt is tied for seventh in the NHL with 109 blocked shots
  • Mike Sillinger is sixth 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
The All-Star Stretch

With the Islanders and Flyers jockeying for position in the Atlantic Division, but also in the Eastern Conference standings, Saturday's tilt will undoubtedly be considered a four-point game.

A win by the Islanders in regulation will put them in a tie with Philadelphia with 53 points, while a win by the Flyers would put the Islanders back four.

But looking ahead, the Islanders, in essence will be playing four-point games up until the All-Star break. The Islanders currently rank seventh in the East with 51 points.
Next week sees the Islanders play a home-and-home series against Carolina on Monday (21st) and Tuesday (22nd). Carolina has three fewer points than the Islanders, and sits in tenth place in the East.

The Islanders travel to Boston on Thursday the 24th, hoping to put the Bruins, who have three fewer points than the Islanders, even further in their dust.
The Islanders will have played in 50 games once the All-Star Game kicks off. We should have a better view of where the East shapes up as the month winds down.


Biron or Niittymaki?

Martin Biron was the Flyers' man in goal to begin the season, leading them to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, but a string of rough outings in November and December gave way to Antero Niittymaki, who has won five of his last six starts.

Some might remember Niittymaki from the 2006 Olympic Game in Turin, where he led Finland to the Gold Medal game before losing to Sweden.

While it would seem likely to see Niittymaki, there is a good chance Biron will be back in goal for two reasons.

1. The Flyers take on Ottawa on Sunday, and 2. Biron has already defeated the Islanders twice this season.

Our pick is Biron, but we'll find out Saturday.



 

TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD NIGHT
Town of Hempstead Night is presented by The Herald and Covanta; Proceeds of ticket sales to January 19 contest against Philadelphia to support March of Dimes; Town residents receive up to 40% off tickets - with prices starting at $16

The New York Islanders are pleased to announce Town of Hempstead Night, presented by The Herald and Covanta, on Saturday, January 19 when the Islanders play host to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Residents of the Town of Hempstead receive up to 40% off tickets, with prices starting at just $16. January 19 is a night dedicated to honoring the Town of Hempstead, but also a night for all Islanders fans.

The Islanders will donate a portion of the proceeds to the game's ticket sales to the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birth weight.

Don't miss another exciting game at the Nassau Coliseum, when the Islanders honor the Town of Hempstead.

To purchase special discounted Town of Hempstead Night tickets, please call 1.800.882.ISLES ext. 3, e-mail the group sales department at groupsales@newyorkislanders.com or bring your proof of residency to the Nassau Coliseum Box Office.





 
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 Philadelphia Flyers 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!



 

New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers

All-Time Series Results:
All-Time: 87-98-26-0
Home:
53-37-15-0
Road: 34-61-11-0
OT: 6-3-26

Last Win: 4/7/07, Islanders 4 vs. Flyers 2
Last Loss: 11/12/07, Islanders 3 at Flyers 2
Last OT/SO: 2/27/07, Islanders 6 vs. Flyers 5 (OT)
2006-07: Islanders went 6-2-0
2007-08: Islanders are 0-2-0

2007-08 Season Series:
October 13, 2007 – Islanders 1 at Philadelphia Flyers 3
November 12, 2007 – Islanders 1 at Philadelphia Flyers 2
January 19, 2008 – Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.
February 12, 2008 – Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.
March 1, 2008 – Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 2:00 p.m.
March 8, 2008 – Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.
March 23, 2008
– Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.
March 29, 2008 – Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.

*All times EST



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Compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch


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