1:00 PM, FSN, Bloomberg 1130 AM
For the seventh time this season, the Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers square off. Faceoff is at 1:00 PM and fans can catch the game on FSN with Howie and Joe or on Bloomberg 1130 AM with John and Kinger.
For today's game, the Islanders have recalled forwards Rob Collins and Steve Regier. If he plays, Regier would make his NHL debut this afternoon.
The Flyers currently lead the season series four games to two coming into this afternoon's tilt. The Islanders did however win the last meeting between the teams on March 4th by a score of 4-2.
It's also NHL Mascot Day at the Coliseum this afternoon as Sparky and ten of his friends invade the Coliseum to help cheer on the Islanders.
For tickets to this family-friendly event click here.
Among the mascots expected to attend are:
Stormy (Carolina Hurricanes)
Sabretooth (Buffalo Sabres)
Stinger (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Blades (Boston Bruins)
Gnash (Nashville Predators)
Thrash (Atlanta Thrashers)
Tommy Hawk (Chicago Blackhawks)
Quackerjack (Long Island Ducks)
Spike (Long Island Lizards)
Teddy (Long Island Rough Riders)
Here are your game notes:
- Arron Asham (ankle) is out four-to-six weeks. He was injured on March 14.
- Jason Blake (groin) is day-to-day. He was injured on March 31.
- Eric Godard (concussion) is day-to-day. He was injured on March 31.
- Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) is out for the season. He was injured on March 14.
Total Man-Games Lost (After 73 games): 194
RECENT 2005-06 TRANSACTIONS
April 1 Recalled forwards Rob Collins and Steve Regier from Bridgeport (AHL).
March 30 Signed 2005 first round draft pick center Ryan O'Marra to a three-year contact.
March 29 Activated center Petteri Nokelainen from Injured Reserve and reassigned center Jeremy Colliton and forward Rob Collins to Bridgeport.
March 27 Recalled forward Rob Collins on an emergency basis from Bridgeport.
ISLE LEAD THE WAY
Goals... Miroslav Satan 29
Assists... Alexei Yashin, Mike York 36
Points... Alexei Yashin 61
Penalty Minutes... John Erskine 140
Plus/Minus... Joel Bouchard +6
Game-Winning Goals... Shawn Bates 4
Power Play Goals... Miroslav Satan 15
Power Play Assists... Alexei Yashin 21
Power Play Points... Alexei Yashin 28
Shots... Jason Blake 265
Shooting Percentage... Shawn Bates 16.5%
Time on Ice... Alexei Zhitnik 24:30 per game
Hits... Trent Hunter 206
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times local)
Monday, April 3: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Tuesday, April 4: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 10:00 am 12:30 pm
Wednesday, April 5: Morning skate at Air Canada Centre 11:30 am 12:15 pm
Thursday, April 6: Morning skate at Madison Square Garden 11:30 am 12:15 pm
Friday, April 7: Practice at Nassau Coliseum 11:30 am 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 8: Morning Skate at Nassau Coliseum 8:30 am 9:45 am
Sunday, April 9: Practice at Islanders Iceworks 10:00 am 11:30 am
THE SCHEDULE THE REST OF THE WAY (all times Eastern)
Wednesday, April 5 at Toronto, 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 6 at New York Rangers, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 8 vs. Washington, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 11 at New York Rangers, 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 13 vs. Toronto, 7:00pm
Saturday, April 15 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00pm
Monday, April 17 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 18 vs. Philadelphia, 7:00 pm
NEW YORK ISLANDERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 81-92-26-0
2005-06 SEASON SERIES: 2-4
PLAYOFF RECORD: 11-14
RECORD AT NASSAU COLISEUM: 51-34-15-0
RECORD ON ROAD: 22-57-11-0
LAST GAME: March 4, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2
NEXT GAME: April 2, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum
CURRENT STREAK: Islanders, 1 win
2005-06 SEASON SERIES:
October, 15, 2005: Philadelphia 5, Islanders 1 Wachovia Center
November 10, 2005: Philadelphia 3, Islanders 2 Wachovia Center
November 26, 2005: Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2 Wachovia Center
November 29, 2005: Philadelphia 4, Islanders 3 Nassau Coliseum
February 8, 2006: Philadelphia 5, Islanders 2 Wachovia Center
March 4, 2006: Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2 Nassau Coliseum
** TONIGHT ** April 2, 2006: Nassau Coliseum 1:00 PM
April 18, 2006: Nassau Coliseum 7:00 PM
COLLINS, REGIER CALLED UP
The Islanders have recalled forwards Rob Collins and Steve Regier. In seven games with the Islanders this season, Collins has recorded a goal and an assists for two points, both of which came in his NHL debut on Dec. 19 at Toronto. Collins in the Sound Tigers leading scorer with 20 goals and 48 assists for 68 points in 62 games. He also has seven power play goals and two shorthanded tallies.
Regier is expected to make his NHL debut today. Originally drafted by the Islanders in the fifth round (148th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Regier has spent the entire season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. He has recorded 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 76 games with a +8 plus/minus rating and six power play goals. In his first professional season last year, Regier played in 75 games with the Sound Tigers and recorded seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. Regier played junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers and enjoyed a breakout season in 2003-04 (his draft year) where he scored 25 goals and recorded 35 assists for 60 points all career highs.
RYAN O'MARRA IMPRESSIVE IN PRO DEBUT
Ryan O'Marra wasted little time to impress in his professional hockey debut on Friday night as the 18-year old netted two goals in his first game as a Bridgeport Sound Tiger. Both goals came on the power play. However, the Tigers lost the game to the Philadelphia Phantoms 4-2 at the Wachovia Spectrum.
"It was an unbelievable feeling, but I wish we would have gotten the win," said O'Marra, who was taken 15th overall by the Islanders in last year's draft. "But my goals were a credit to who I played with tonight. They made feel welcome on the ice and the bounces went my way."
Added Sound Tigers head coach Dave Baseggio: "Ryan played a great all-around game for us tonight. He was sharp and played extremely hard. You can tell why he was a first round draft pick."
O'Marra played center on five-on-five with Justin Papineau on one side with a rotating winger on the other. On the power play, he played wing with Steve Regier and a rotating center. O'Marra hit the post in the third period going for the hat trick.
O'Marra signed a three-year contract with the Islanders on Thursday and joined the Sound Tigers immediately for their road trip down to Philadelphia. He's had a productive season finishing as the second-leading scorer for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. In 61 games, O'Marra was 27-50-77 with 134 penalty minutes. At the World Junior Championships in December, O'Marra had two assists and 18 penalty minutes in six games for Team Canada.
O'MARRA'S AWARDS AND HONORS
- Taken fourth overall by the Erie Otters in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection.
- Played for Team Ontario and won a Gold Medal at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held in St. John's. Also was an alternate captain on Team Canada in the August 2004 at the Under-18 Championships and scored five points in five games.
- Named the Erie Otters Most Improved Player in 2004 and named the Otters' Most Sportsmanlike Player in 2004 and 2005. Selected as the Otters' Scholastic Player of the Year in 2005.
- Won a gold medal and was an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2004 Under-18 Junior World Cup.
- Played on the Canadian Under-18 national team that finished with a silver medal at the 2005 Under-18 World Championship in Plzen, Czech Republic. Also represented Canada at the 2005 Under-18 World Championships in Ceske Budejovice and Plzen, Czech Republic.
- Played for Team Canada and won a gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
ISLANDERS DELIVER IN THE FIRST ROUND
O'Marra's signing means that the Islanders' last five first round picks are progressing in the organization at the NHL or AHL level: Rick DiPietro (2000), Sean Bergenheim (2002), Robert Nilsson (2003), Petteri Nokelainen (2004) and O'Marra (2005). The first four all played in Wednesday's game for the Islanders.
FIRST ROUND PRESENCE
The Islanders currently have seven former first round picks in their lineup, including: Alexei Yashin (2nd overall, 1992), Rick DiPietro (1st overall, 2000), Denis Grebeshkov (18th overall, 2002) Sean Bergenheim (22nd overall, 2002), Robert Nilsson (15th overall, 2003), Jeff Tambellini (27th overall, 2003) and Petteri Nokelainen (16th overall, 2004).
After missing 58 consecutive games with patella tendonitis, rookie center Petteri Nokelainen returned to the Islanders' lineup on Wednesday, March 28 vs. the New York Rangers. Nokelainen saw 12 shifts for 7:30 of ice time in his return. In Friday's game on March 31 vs. Pittsburgh, Nokelainen saw 11 shifts for 8:18 of ice time.
ISLANDERS ON THE COLISEUM ICE
The Islanders have a record of 18-16-2 this season at home. In their most recent game at the Coliseum, the Islanders lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on Friday, March 31. Following tonight's contest, the Islanders' next home game is Saturday, April 8 vs. Washington Capitals.
MONTH-BY-MONTH AT THE COLISEUM
Oct. 3 2 0
Nov. 2 3 1
Dec. 3 3 0
Jan. 3 4 0
Feb. 1 2 1
March 6 2 0
Totals 18 16 2
ISLANDERS ON THE ROAD
The Islanders have a road record of 15-19-3 this season. In their most recent game on the road, the Islanders lost to the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Tuesday, March 28. The Islanders' next road game is April 5 at Toronto.
MONTH-BY-MONTH ON THE ROAD
Oct. 2 4 0
Nov. 5 3 0
Dec. 2 3 1
Jan. 2 3 1
Feb. 2 1 0
March 2 6 0
Totals 15 19 3
ISLANDERS FINISH MARCH
The Islanders finished the month of March with a record of 8-7-1. Eight of their victories came in the shootout. The team plays a total of 16 games in a span of 30 days in March, eight at home and eight on the road. The team also played in a total of five back-to-back series.
MARCH AT A GLANCE
3/2 7:00 New Jersey W 3-2 (F/SO)
3/4 7:00 Philadelphia W 4-2
3/6 7:00 at Washington L 2-5
3/7 7:00 New Jersey W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/10 7:00 Toronto W 2-1 (F/SO)
3/11 7:00 at Boston W 3-1
3/14 7:30 at New Jersey W 6-1
3/16 7:00 at Atlanta L 2-4
3/17 7:30 at Florida L 2-4
3/19 5:00 at Tampa Bay L 2-5
3/21 7:00 Montreal W 3-1
3/24 7:30 at Pittsburgh L 3-4 (F/OT)
3/25 7:00 Atlanta W 5-1
3/28 7:30 at Montreal L 0-2
3/29 7:00 NY Rangers L 1-5
3/31 7:00 Pittsburgh L 0-4
ISLANDERS IN APRIL
The Islanders begin the April portion of their schedule this afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. The team plays nine games this month, five at home and five on the road. The Islanders wrap up their season at home on April 18 versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
MARCH AT A GLANCE
4/2 1:00 Philadelphia Nassau Coliseum
4/5 7:30 at Toronto Air Canada Center
4/6 7:00 at NY Rangers Madison Square Garden
4/8 7:00 Washington Nassau Coliseum
4/11 7:00 at NY Rangers Madison Square Garden
4/13 7:00 Toronto Nassau Coliseum
4/15 7:00 Pittsburgh Nassau Coliseum
4/17 7:30 at Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
4/18 7:00 Philadelphia Nassau Coliseum
Oct. 5 6 0
Nov. 7 6 1
Dec. 5 6 1
Jan. 6 7 1
Feb. 2 3 1
March 8 7 1
Totals 33 35 5
BLAKE TIES CAREER-HIGH IN GOALS
With his goal in Pittsburgh on March 24, Jason Blake tied his career high of 25 goals, originally set in the 2002-03 season. That year he also had 30 assists for a total of 55 points, which was also a career high. On the season, Blake had 25 goals and 23 assists for 48 points. He is seven points shy of matching his career-high in points. In his career, Blake has amassed 90 goals and 117 assists for 207 points in 414 career games. He recorded his 200th NHL point on Feb. 11 at New Jersey.
RICKY UPS PERSONAL MARK WITH 27TH WIN
Rick DiPietro continues to set a new personal season-high in victories this season. On March 25, he recorded his 27th career victory with the win over the Atlanta Thrashers. His previous season-high was 23, which he recorded in the 2003-04 season. On the season, DiPietro is 27-22-5. He had a six-game winning streak from March 2 March 14, not counting March 6 at Washington which he did not play in.
The Islanders' record for most victories by a goaltender his 32, co-held by Billy Smith (1981-82) and Chris Osgood (2001-02).
MIRO DOES IT ON THE POWER PLAY
Miroslav Satan can score on the power play. On Friday, March 17, Satan netted his 100th NHL power play goal. The tally also tied his career-high of 15, which ranks tied for twelfth in the NHL. The Islanders season-record for power play tallies in 28, held by Hall-of-Fame member Mike Bossy in the 1980-81 season. The Islanders have not had a player score more then 15 power play goals since the 1999-00 season when Mariusz Czerkawski netted 16.
WHERE ARE THE NEW BOYS...
The Islanders have nine rookies currently in their lineup; three defenseman and six forwards. Here's the breakdown with their ages in parentheses: LW Sean Bergenheim (22), D Chris Campoli (21), LW Rob Collins (26), D Bruno Gervais (21), D Denis Grebeshkov (22), RW Robert Nilsson (21), C Petteri Nokelainen (20), LW Steve Regier (21) and LW Jeff Tambellini (21).
HIT OR BE HIT
Coming into tonight's game, Trent Hunter is third in the league in hits with 206. Before suffering his injury, Arron Asham was fifth in the league with 168. As a team, the Islanders have unloaded 1,356 hits against their opponents this season. In the team's last game vs. Pittsburgh, John Erksine led the team with five hits.
On Feb. 4, the Islanders recorded a season-high 33 hits versus the Rangers. Hunter led the way with nine.
The Islanders play in 11 back-to-back series this season with two remaining. The team's next back-to-back set is this week when they travel to Toronto on April 5 and then play at Madison Square Garden versus the Rangers on April 6.
The Islanders have a record of 3-6-0 in the first game of back-to-back games and a 5-4-0 record in the second game.
WHEN LEADING AFTER TWO
The Islanders have taken the lead into the third period 22 times this season and have a record of 19-2-1. This stretch includes winning in overtime (vs. Bruins, Nov. 1) and winning in the shootout six times (at Rangers, Oct. 19, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 14, vs. Edmonton, Dec. 10, vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 26, at Pittsburgh, Feb. 4, vs. New Jersey, March 2). The two losses occurred vs. Buffalo (shootout, Nov. 23), at Buffalo (Dec. 26) and at Ottawa (Dec. 30).
MIRO AND HUNTER STAR IN SHOOTOUTS
Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter are clutch in the shootout. Satan is tied for third in the NHL with seven shootout goals and is tied for first with five determining goals. He is also third in the NHL with a shooting percentage of 77.8% in the shootout (of shooters with more than three attempts). Satan is also six-for-six when leading off the shootout for the Islanders and is three-for-three versus the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur.
Hunter has been almost as successful with five goals in the shootout and two determining goals. He's converted 62.5% of his attempts.
SCORING THE FIRST GOAL
The Islanders are 22-9-1 this season when scoring first and 11-25-4 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game. In 2003-04, the Islanders had a record of 27-6-5-1 when they scored the first goal of the game and were 11-23-6-3 when their opponents scored first.
The Islanders have recorded five shorthanded goals this season. Jason Blake has scored two (Oct. 13 at Washington, Dec. 30 at Ottawa), while Shawn Bates (Oct. 8 vs. Carolina), Arron Asham (Oct. 20) and Mike York (March 25) have netted one apiece.
H.L. GROSS & BROTHERS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Every month, Islanders fans along with H.L. Gross & Brothers Jewelers select the Islander of the Month. In a pre-game ceremony this afternoon, Rick DiPietro will be named March's player of the month. DiPietro finished the month with an 8-5-0 record and a 2.17 GAA and a save percentage of .925.
October Alexei Yashin
November Jason Blake
December Mike York
January Miroslav Satan
February Brent Sopel
March Rick DiPietro
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
- Shawn Bates is four goals away from tying his career-high of 17 set in 2001-02.
- Jason Blake is seven points away from tying his career-high of 55 points set in 2002-03.
- Jason Blake is nine goals away from his 100th NHL goal.
- Miroslav Satan is one power play goal away from setting a new career-high of 16.
- Mike York is five assists away from tying his career-high of 41 set in 2001-02.