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

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Tickets to Washington at Islanders are still available, purchase them here



THE REASON TO GO

1. Come visit our home for the holidays. Kids 14 and under receive a secret holiday gift courtesy of the Islanders Children’s Foundation

2. Support the Islanders in their final game before the holiday break



HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS TICKET PACK
For only $99 get four tickets to the Islanders-Washington game on Saturday, December 22 and a $25 gift certificate to Friendly's.

Bring your family to our home for the holidays. On Saturday, December 22nd, take a break from your holiday shopping and take your family to New York Islanders Home for the Holiday Night at the Nassau Coliseum when the Islanders face-off against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Santa, the Ice Girls, and Sparky-Claus will be there to help you celebrate the holiday season.

As a special gift to Islanders fans, we've created the Home for the Holidays Ticket Pack. For just $99, fans receive four tickets to watch the Islanders battle Washington on December 22, plus a $25 gift certificate to Friendly's.

The Islanders have cooked up an exciting evening for the final game before Christmas. All kids 14 and under will receive a secret holiday gift upon entry, courtesy of the Islanders Children's Foundation.

To order your Home for the Holidays Ticket pack, please click here and fill out the form at the bottom.


GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY

Watch the Islanders host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals for the final time during the regular season.

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.

Click here to purchase tickets today!




HOLIDAY ORNAMENT AUCTION

The Holiday build-up will end with the Islanders' final home game prior to Christmas break. On December 22, when the Islanders host the Washington Capitals, fans will have the opportunity to win Holiday ornaments decorated by the players and their wives. A silent auction on the concourse will take place during the game. After the second period intermission, the winners will be announced on the Video Board. For those looking to include even more decorative ornaments to their Christmas Tree, an Islanders ornament could be the perfect addition. All proceeds from the Islanders Ornament Auction will be donated to the Islanders Children's Foundation.




THE STORY
Islanders (16-15-2) vs. Washington (13-19-3)

Rick DiPietro
The Islanders will try to build off of their victory Friday night when they take on the Washington Capitals who are in last place in the Eastern Conference.

After beginning the season a surprising 3-0-0, Washington has gone 10-18-3 since. However, the Capitals are 5-2-3 in the month of December. A combination of solid goaltending from Olaf Kolzig and Brent Johnson, as well as production from Ovechkin has gotten Washington out of their funk, which saw them win just four games out of 15 in November.

The Islanders are marred in a slump of their own having gone 3-6-1 in December. But they might have broken out of it with their convincing 4-2 win in Pittsburgh Friday night.

 
DiPietro vs. Capitals
Rick DiPietro comes into Saturday night’s action with a 7-3-0-1 career mark in 14 games against the Washington Capitals, only allowing 26 total goals over the span for a 1.99 goals against average. DiPietro is currently 1-1-0 against the Caps during the 2007-08 season, picking up a 5-3 win his last time out in Washington on October 18. Rick has two career shutouts against the Capitals.

Kolzig vs. Islanders
Olaf Kolzig is expected to be in net on Saturday night against the Islanders. Kolzig is 26-10-2 in 39 career games against the Islanders, including three shutouts. This season Kolzig has appeared in two games against the Islanders and has a 1-1-0 mark. Olie picked up a 2-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum back on October 8, but lost the last matchup against the Orange and Blue on October 18.




 
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 – 44 Freddy Meyer
14 Chris Campoli - 8 Bruno Gervais

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



WASHINGTON
Goaltenders
37 Olaf Kolzig
1   Brent Johnson

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti - 23 Milan Jurcina
52 Mike Green - 26 Shaone Morrisonn
2   Brian Pothier – 55 Jeff Schultz

Forwards
8   Alex Ovechkin - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 18 Matt Pettinger 
28 Alexander Semin - 92 Michael Nylander - 43 Tomas Fleischmann
87 Donald Brashear - 21 Brooks Laich - 25 Viktor Kozlov
53 Quintin Laing - 39 David Steckel - 10 Matt Bradley

 



Crucial Matchup: Big D vs. Smaller D

Radek Martinek
The Islanders take on a Washington Capitals defense that averages 6-3, which is more than three inches bigger than the average Islanders defenseman.

The quicker forwards on the Islanders, such as Richard Park, Sean Bergenheim and Andy Hilbert should be able to take advantage of the taller, less mobile defensemen on Washington.

On the flip side, there will be times when the smaller Islanders defensemen might have to take on the physical and speedy Alex Ovechkin. Ted Nolan will try to match up Brendan Witt and Radek Martinek against AO, but a quick line change could cause the other Islanders defensemen to take on the gifted forward.

 




Islanders Leaderboard Through 32 Games

Goals
1. Josef Vasicek 10
2. Mike Comrie 9
     Miroslav Satan 9
4.  Bill Guerin  8
   

Assists
1. Mike Comrie 16
2. Miroslav Satan 12
3. Chris Campoli  11
  
Points
1. Mike Comrie 25
2. Miroslav Satan 21
3. Bill Guerin 16


   

WHO'S HOT:
  • Miroslav Satan has tallied two goals and and three assists over the past five games.
  • Mike Comrie has three assists over his last four games and leads the Islanders with 26 points.
  • Rick DiPietro has tallied 30-or-more saves in five of his last seven games.

ISLANDERS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (as of 12/20/07):
  • Brendan Witt ranks ninth in the NHL with 77 blocked shots.
  • Mike Sillinger is 11th in the NHL with a 55.6 faceoff percentage.
  • Trent Hunter ranks third in the NHL with 109 hits.
  • Josef Vasicek ranks third in the NHL in shooting percentage at 23.3% (10-for-43).
  • Rick DiPietro is tied for ninth in the NHL with 14 wins.
  • Radek Martinek is tied for 14th in the NHL with 65 blocked shots.

MILESTONE WATCH:
  • Rick DiPietro is one win away from tying Kelly Hrudey for third place in franchise-history in wins.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko is four games away from appearing in his 500th NHL contest.




THIS WEEK IN ISLANDERS HISTORY


December 20, 1985 - Denis Potvin passed Bobby Orr to become the NHL’s all-time leading point scorer among defensemen when he assisted  on a Mike Bossy Goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
December 23, 1978 - Bryant Trottier scored five goals and added three assists in a 9-4 win over the New York Rangers.



 
SUBPLOTS

Mike Comrie
Playing back-to-back
The Islanders play on consecutive days for the eighth time this season when they host Washington. This season, the Islanders are 8-6-0 in games played on back-to-back nights. They sport a 5-2-0 record in the second game and are 3-1-0 when the second game is at home.

While it's interesting to look at the numbers, it's better to look at each specific scenario. The Islanders will try to be sharp on Saturday following what should be a difficult tilt against the fast Penguins team.

Washington will undoubtedly be aware of the Islanders' situation and will try to wear them down. The Islanders will have to play an intelligent game in order to compensate for their potentially tired legs.


Momentum Shift
With the Islanders in their biggest slump of the season and Washington having earned points in five of six games, there will need to be a momentum shift for the Islanders to come away with two points.

The Capitals gained a boost on Monday, despite losing in a shootout to the number one team in the West – Detroit. Interim coach Bruce Boudreau said, following the loss that his team deserved two points.

The Islanders, meanwhile, are trying to take some positives out of the little things. They'll look to the fact that they registered more than 40 shots for the second time this season against Buffalo on Wednesday.



New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

All-Time Series Results:
All-Time: 79-78-13-2
Home:
46-38-2-0
Road: 33-40-11-2
OT: 4-7-8

Last Win: 10/18/07, Islanders 5 at Capitals 3
Last Loss: 10/8/07, Islanders 1 vs. Capitals 2
Last OT/SO: 2/3/07, Islanders 1 at Capitals 2 (SO)
2006-07: Islanders went 3-0-1
2007-08: Islanders are 1-1-0

2007-08 Season Series:
October 8, 2007 – Islanders 1 vs. Washington Capitals 2
October 18, 2007 – Islanders 5 at Washington Capitals 3
December 22, 2007 – Islanders vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.
February 20, 2008 – Islanders at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.
*All times EST


 

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 Washington Capitals 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!


 
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Compiled by Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch



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