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New York Islanders @ Phoenix Coyotes

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
(Answer from 01/06: Miroslav Satan. The Slovakian won seven games for the Islanders in the shootout, and is second in total shootout goals with 13 in 28 attempts.)

Team Record: 14-17-6
Last Game: @ ANA
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 1
Team Record: 19-17-5
Last Game: 1-0 OTL @ LAK
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 1
PA Parenteau
The Islanders forward had two shots on net, but had six scoring opportunities in 17:27 of play, adding three hits on Friday night in Anaheim.

Parenteau's best opportunity came at 8:06 of the third. As he rushed up ice, he had the opportunity right around the crease to collect Mark Streit's rebound on a shot from the blue line. Unfortunately, he was denied as Jonas Hiller made a sprawling save; the goal would have given the Isles a 3-1 lead.

But Parenteau's been solid for the Islanders all season. Even after he switched from John Tavares' line to Frans Nielsen's wing, the Montreal native has continued to make plays and be a consistent offensive threat with seven goals and 25 assists.
Radim Vrbata
The Coyotes have received an offensive boost from an unexpected source this season. Vrbata matched his 19 goal output from last season on Jan. 3, less than mid-way through the season.

Posting 40-plus point seasons in each of the last four years, Vrbata has always contributed offensively. However, he's currently on pace to net a career high 39 goals.

The Czech Republic native leads the Coyotes in goals (19), GWG (5), and is second on the team in scoring (19-13-32).
The Islanders and Coyotes better be prepared to play a disciplined game, as well as a smart game, Saturday night. This could be a low-scoring matchup as both sides try to stalemate their opponents offensive chances, especially with the man advantage.

"We go into every game being prepared and doing the things we have to do," Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "We have to stay disciplined, whether it’s with our sticks or with or shift times or structure of our game, so the Coyotes will be prepared. They’re waiting for us. They’ll be ready to play; they’re coming off a 1-0 loss to the Kings."

Phoenix leads the league with the least penalty minutes per game (8.4), and they have gone  seven straight games without allowing a power play goal against. The Islanders' penalty kill has found it's mark. The Isles have allowed just one power play goal against in their last nine games on 17 opportunities for a 94.1 percent sucess rate.

The Islanders faired extremely well against Western Conference opponents this season. They've earned points in 9-of-12 games against their West Coast foes, but dropped their record to 5-3-4 with a loss in Anaheim on Friday night. The Isles will look to turn that leaf, returning to Long Island with their sixth win.
Scoring goals has been a problem all season for the Phoenix Coyotes. The New York Islanders are in no position to offer any sympathy in that department.

Two of the league's weakest offenses will be on display Saturday night when the Islanders close a three-game road trip against the struggling Coyotes.

Phoenix (19-17-5) ranks near the bottom of the NHL with 101 goals while the Islanders (14-18-6) are next-to-last with 87. Offensive woes have contributed to the Coyotes losing six of their last seven games (1-4-2), but New York has been better lately with 12 goals during a 3-1-0 stretch. (Continue Reading)

The last time the Islanders and Coyotes met was Dec. 18, 2010. Jesse Joensuu, Michael Grabner and Rob Schremp would score in Nathan Lawson's NHL debut, but the game would head to the shootout as Martin Hanzal scored with 1:28 remaining in regulation to tie the score. Radim Vrbata and Wojtek Wolski scored Phoenix's other two regulation goals. Isles center Frans Nielsen would score in the shootout, but Vrbata would score the game-deciding goal, propelling the Coyotes to a 4-3 shootout win.
Date of
DiPietro 12/03 Groin strain 14 out indef. (IR)
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 38 out indef. (IR)
Montoya 12/20 Concussion 7 No timetable
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 2 No timetable (IR)
Pandolfo 11/26 Broken foot 17 4-6 weeks (IR)
Ullstrom 12/20 Concussion 7 No timetable (IR)
Power Play %: 19.8%
Penalty Kill %: 82.4%
Home Record: 8-9-3
Road Record: 6-8-3
Goals For: 88
Goals Against: 116
Power Play %: 13.4%
Penalty Kill %: 83.7%
Home Record: 7-8-3
Road Record: 12-9-2
Goals For: 103
Goals Against: 108
Check out the Islanders depth chart following Head Coach Jack Capuano's morning availability.

Coyotes (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: Boedker-Langkow-Doan, Whitney-Chipchura-Vrbata, Korpikoski-Pouliot-Pyatt, O'Sullivan-O'Reilly-Bissonnette

Yandle-Schlemko, Ekman-Larsson - Aucoin, Klesla-Rozsival

Smith, LaBarbera

Expected scratches:
Morris, Runblad, Torres

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on rebounding after last night's game in Anaheim: "The key for us is to put this one behind us. It was a tough loss for us. We played pretty well, but their best players came alive in the third period and they made some good skilled plays. We have to put that behind us and get prepared for Phoenix and get ready to play, that’s the bottom line."

Extra Note: Playing against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Frans Nielsen tied Miroslav Satan's franchise lead in game-determining goals in the shootout with seven. After scoring the first game-determining shootout goal in Islanders history in 2005, Satan set the record April 3, 2007.

Cory Wright contributed to this report
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