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KIDS' DAY TOO, TODAY!

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Get to the Game – Islanders vs. San Jose; Monday, February 18 at 2 pm…Purchase tickets here



THE REASON TO GO
  1. The Islanders continue their playoff push against a San Jose Sharks squad featuring former Art Ross Trophy winner Joe Thornton.
  2. It's Kids' Day Too at the Nassau Coliseum. The day's events include mascots galore, Z100's Greg T the Frat Boy, a free puck bank for kids 14 and under, Family Fan Fest and much more.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY
For the final time this regular season, the Islanders meet a Western Conference foe, as they play in a matinee special against All-Star netminder Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks.

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!



Kids' Day, Too

NYI vs. San Jose, Feb. 18; Family Fun Packs for just $124, Z100's Greg T the Frat Boy, SpongeBob and more mascots from around the NHL added!!! Post-Game On-Ice Shootout!!! Meet the players!!!  All fans 14 & under to receive a Puck Bank, courtesy of New York Community Bank!!! NYI Family Fan Fest and so much more!!!

As the Islanders make their late season push for the playoffs, the team is revving up for one of the most exciting games of the season. In just a few days, the Islanders will be celebrating its youngest fans with Kids' Day Too, when the Islanders play host to the last Western Conference team of the season on Monday, February 18 – the San Jose Sharks.

Below are some of the reasons why you should make the Nassau Coliseum your family destination for this Presidents' Day.


FAMILY FUN PACK: With school off, there is no better way to spend a day with the whole family than taking in an exciting Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders have put together a special Family Fun Pack for Kids' Day, Too to get you and three others to the game. The Family Fun Pack includes:
  • 4 tickets
  • 1 Dave & Buster's $40 Power Card Voucher
  • 1 Friendly's $25 Gift Card
  • Valued at $265, the Family Fun Pack can be purchased for just $124.

Here are some more reasons why you should get to the game on February 18th to cheer on your favorite hockey team.

 
POST-GAME ON-ICE SHOOTOUT WITH THE PLAYERS: The Islanders want to make Kids' Day, Too as exciting as possible for the kids. Following the game, all kids are invited down to ice level to take a shot on the same nets defended by Rick DiPietro. There will also be special guest appearances by the Islanders players.

Z100 AND GREG T THE FRAT BOY: Greg T the Frat Boy from Z100's Elvis Duran and the "Z" Morning Zoo will be taking part in the day's festivities. Among his activities will be refereeing the mascots hockey game during the second intermission. The Z100 Party Patrol will also be at the Nassau Coliseum prior to the start of the game.

MASCOTS GALORE: While we all know that the Islanders' Sparky the Dragon is the greatest mascot in pro sports, he's making Kids' Day, Too even more memorable by bringing a bunch of his friends from around the NHL and the area. Here's a list of the other mascots that will be roaming the Coliseum all game, looking for the most excited fans.

•    Storm – Bridgeport Sound Tigers
•    Mr. Met - NY Mets
•    Stinger – Columbus Blue Jackets
•    Blades - Boston Bruins
•    Stormy – Carolina Hurricanes
•    Gnash – Nashville Predators
•    Thrash – Atlanta Thrashers
•    ThunderBug- Tampa Bay Lightning
•    Fin - Vancouver Canucks
•    Sabretooth – Buffalo Sabres
•    Stanley C. Panther – Florida Panthers
•    Kate and Willie - Hofstra
•    QuackerJack - LI Ducks

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS WRITER TELLS ALL: If you've ever wondered how SpongeBob SquarePants goes from a piece of paper to a living being on your television screen, come down to the Coliseum on February 18. Eric Shaw, a writer for the hit animated series will take fans on the concourse through the complete creation process of the show.

NYI FAMILY FAN FEST STARTS AT NOON!: Arrive at the Coliseum early and join us in the lower lobby for the Family Fan Fest, featuring fun inflatables, face painting, kids broadcasting station, interactive games and so much more.

GUERIN'S MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY: Also at the Family Fan Fest will be Bill Guerin's motorcycle, which is being auctioned off online. To bid on the team-signed motorcycle, which includes four tickets to the March 1st Fan Appreciation game and an on-ice presentation of the bike, click here. Bidding ends at 11:59 pm on February 23.

FREE PUCK BANK: All kids 14 and under in attendance will receive an Islanders Puck Bank, courtesy of New York Community Bank.

KIDS CLUB DISCOUNT: Members and family members of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Islanders KIdz Club receive a 40% discount to Monday's matinee game against the Sharks. To redeem your discounted tickets, please contact the Group Sales department at 1 800 882 ISLES, ext. 3 or groupsales@newyorkislanders.com.


Make Presidents' Day a memorable experience for the whole family by attending an Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum.

To purchase a Family Fun Pack, please call the Islanders customer service department at 1 800 882 ISLES, ext. 2. or email customerservice@newyorkislanders.com




THE STORY
Islanders (27-25-7) vs. San Jose (31-18-8)

Rick DiPietro
It seems to be more of the same in the Eastern Conference as the schedule takes a turn towards the final stretch. The standings are as tight as ever and each game becomes more like a playoff atmosphere. The Islanders seem to be getting back on track with big wins against Philadelphia on Tuesday, Toronto on Thursday and Atlanta on Saturday. It’s coming down to crunch time and each point is becoming more and more precious as the season heads toward another exciting finish.

The Sharks on the other hand are in the middle of an increasingly tight Western pack, with 14 teams having a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. The Sharks began their Atlantic Division road trip with a stop off at MSG against the Rangers, then head to Nassau for a game against your Islanders, then finish up against the Devils, Penguins, and Flyers respectively. Every Islander fan will have their Sharks jerseys on for those games, but for Monday, it will be all Orange and Blue.

DiPietro vs. Sharks
Rick DiPietro has faced San Jose twice in his career and is 0-2-0 with a 4.16 goals against average. On the season, Rick is 2-2-4 against the Western Conference and is 21-15-6 in 46 career games against the West. This will be DiPietro’s first game against the Sharks at Nassau Coliseum, having played the previous two at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

Nabokov vs. Islanders
Evgeni Nabokov comes into Monday with a 5-1-0 career record against the Islanders, including a 2.32 goals against average in seven games. Nabokov picked up a 2-0 shutout win in his last meeting with the Islanders on October 7, 2006 at the Coliseum. On the season, Nabokov is 1-2-0 with a 3.01 goals against average versus the Eastern Conference.


THE LINEUPS
(potential lines and D pairings)

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

Defensemen
24 Radek Martinek – 44 Freddy Meyer
25 Andy Sutton - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
2   Aaron Johnson – 4 Bryan Berard

Forwards
26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 63 Josef Vasicek – 7 Trent Hunter
89 Mike Comrie - 13 Bill Guerin - 11 Andy Hilbert
15 Jeff Tambellini – 51 Frans Nielsen – 57 Blake Comeau
20 Sean Bergenheim – 10 Richard Park – 81 Miroslav Satan


SAN JOSE
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
30 Dimitri Patzold

Defensemen
52 Craig Rivet - 18 Matt Carle
4 Kyle McLaren - 10 Christian Ehrhoff
24 Sandis Ozolinsh - 44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Forwards
9 Milan Michalek - 19 Joe Thornton - 14 Jonathan Cheechoo
39 Tomas Plihal - 11 Marcel Goc - 27 Jeremy Roenick
34 Patrick Rissmiller - 17 Torrey Mitchell - 25 Mike Grier
45 Jody Shelley - 8 Joe Pavelski - 26 Steve Bernier



Crucial Matchup: Two All-Stars Duke it Out Between the Pipes

The New York Islanders will no doubt look to their All-Star Rick DiPietro for key saves and maybe a game-changing moment or two. However, he faces another All-Star less than 200 feet away. Evgeni Nabokov also made an appearance in the 2008 All-Star Game as the San Jose Sharks’ representative.

As of Feb. 15, Nabokov leads the NHL in wins (31) and sits fifth in goals against average in the league. The quiet, reserved goaltender for the Sharks has been a mainstay with the organization since they drafted him in 1994 and is best known for his confident, conservative play.

On the other end is the cornerstone of the Islander organization, the man the team is built around. DiPietro can be labeled a thief for the way his performance can absolutely rob games from opponents and Islanders fans know what to expect every time he steps in net - an exciting goaltending performance.

It’s a Beast from the East versus the Best from the West in Monday night’s showdown at the Nassau Coliseum.


Islanders Leaderboard Through 58 Games

Goals    #
1. Bill Guerin    19
2. Mike Comrie    17
3. Mike Sillinger    14
   
Assists    #
1. Mike Comrie    27
2. Trent Hunter    23
3. Miroslav Satan    21
   
Points    #
1. Mike Comrie    44
2. Miroslav Satan    33
3. Bill Guerin    32



MILESTONE WATCH:
  • Radek Martinek is one game away from skating in his 500th career NHL contest.

MILESTONES RECORDED: (in the past week)
  • Sean Bergenheim skated in his 100th NHL game on 2/14 at TOR.
  • Bill Guerin tallied his 750th NHL point on 2/9 at MIN.
  • Trent Hunter skated in his 300th NHL game on 2/9 at MIN.




HISTORY IN THE MAKING:
Bill Guerin
Bill Guerin, the Islanders leading goal scorer with 19, is one goal away from tying an NHL record. If Guerin nets his 20th goal of the season he will become just the second player in NHL history to record 20-or-more goals with six different teams. Guerin currently has ten 20-or-more goal seasons with the following teams: New Jersey (3 times), Edmonton (2), Boston (2), Dallas (2) and St. Louis (1). Ray Sheppard is the lone player to accomplish the feat, doing so with Buffalo, New York Rangers, Detroit, San Jose, Florida and Carolina.

ISLANDERS LOOK FOR SUCCESS VERSUS WEST:
The Islanders have picked up at least one point in six of nine games against the Western Conference this season and are 2-3-4 in those nine contests. The Orange and Blue have had plenty of recent success against the entire Western Conference. In 2006-07, the Islanders were 4-3-3 in 10 games vs. the West and in 2005-06 they went 6-3-1. Combined, the Islanders are 12-9-8 in their last 29 games against the Western Conference. Plenty of the recent success stems from solid play in net. Rick DiPietro is 21-15-6 in 46 career games vs. the West. DiPietro was 3-3-0 in 2006-07 and 6-2-0 in 2005-06 against the West. This season, DiPietro is 2-2-4.


 

SUBPLOTS

It’s night and day
The Islanders have a 26-22-6 record in games played at night, but for whatever reason have not been able to get it going during the daytime this season. The Islanders take the ice for Monday’s matinee against the Sharks looking to pick up their first win of the season in games played during the day. Currently, the Islanders sport a 0-3-1 record in these situations.

Bill Guerin vs. former team
Bill Guerin will be facing his former teammates from last year when the Sharks come to town. Though it was a brief stint, Guerin played 16 games at the end of the Sharks’ schedule, and nine in the playoffs. Though it may not sound like much, that kind of insight into an opponent can help better prepare a team for the style of play they will be seeing on game night, and who better than the Captain to lead the way? In his 16 game tour with the Sharks, Guerin went 8-1-9 with two points in the nine-game playoff run.




LOUDVILLE IS OPEN!
High School and College students get to the Nassau Coliseum with the best deal in professional sports. For only $10, catch the Islanders climb their way back into the playoff race and get yourself a Rick DiPietro mini-bobblehead.



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!


Islanders vs. San Jose Sharks All-Time Series:

All-Time: 11-10-3-0     
Home: 5-4-2-0          
Road: 6-6-1-0            
OT: 1-1-3

Last Win: 2/19/03, Islanders 3 at Sharks 0
Last Loss: 10/7/06, Islanders 0 at Sharks 2
2006-07: Islanders went 0-1-0
2007-08: Islanders are 0-0-0

2007-08 Season Series:
February 18, 2008 – Islanders vs. San Jose Sharks, 2:00 p.m.

*All times EST


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Compiled by Adam Baruch, Jason Lockhart and Chris Musto

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