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THE REASONS TO GO
  1. Saturday is all about you, the fans. With every stoppage of play, great Islanders prizes will be given away. NYI Mobile participants will also be receiving prices. All fans in attendance receive a team poster, courtesy of Valtech.
  2. The Islanders are just two points out of a playoff spot. A sweep over the weekend would put them in solid position with 15 games to play.
  3. With the Allstate Core of the Four Celebration just around the corner, you never know what special guests you'll see at the Coliseum. Many of the Core of the Four alums are expected to be in attendance.
  4. LOUDVILLE IS OPEN! Long Island students, get tickets for only $10 and make the Nassau Coliseum the most rockin’ arena in the league.
 
You won’t find a team in the league that gives back to the fans more than the Islanders. And on Saturday, the team will do everything in its power to go above and beyond for the greatest fans in pro sports. Along with the free team poster, courtesy of Valtech, handed out to everyone in attendance, there will be many other prizes given away during the game. The list includes:
 
  • Canon Power Shot Camera
  • Sharp 20” LCD TV
  • LG 42” Plasma TV
  • GE Microwave Oven
  • Coby Portable DVD Player
  • Panasonic Stereo System
  • 6.5 Gallon Chocolate Lovers Tin
  • Shopping Spree at Shinnecock Hardware
  • $400 Jones New York Gift Certificate
  • 2 Round Trip Airline Tickets on American Airlines
  • 1 Limo for a Night on the Town
  • 8 Person Islanders suite
  • Team Signed Jersey
  • Autographed sticks and much more…
 



GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY

The Islanders are running out of regular season home games, so act now to see them meet the Philadelphia Flyers on Fan Appreciation Day. Saturday is the beginning of an unforgettable Allstate Core of the Four Weekend.

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!



FAN APPRECIATION DAY

Fan Appreciation Day, when the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at 2 pm, will honor the greatest fans in the NHL. As a thank you, the Islanders organization will be giving away hundreds of prizes all game long. Several of the Core of the Four Alumni will be attending our annual Fan Appreciation Day Game. Kids will also be treated to a post-game on ice puck shootout.

On the Nassau Coliseum ice there will be a presentation for the winner of Bill Guerin’s Chopper motorcycle, which was auctioned off at newyorkislanders.com.

All fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtesy of Valtech.

Click here to purchase tickets to Fan Appreciation Day on March 1, when the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers.




THE STORY
Islanders (31-27-7) vs. Philadelphia (31-25-7)

Rick DiPietro
Playoff-type atmosphere will come early to the Nassau Coliseum this season. With the Flyers in ninth place, just two points ahead of the Islanders and two points back of eighth, both teams will be playing their hearts out in this Atlantic Division showdown on Saturday.

While the Islanders were on their recent six-game winning streak, the Flyers were going the other way. On February 6, when the Flyers began a ten-game losing streak (0-9-1), they were 11 points ahead of the Islanders and ten spots ahead in the standings. That gap has reduced to two points and one spot. Considering that was three weeks ago, anything can happen in the season's final five weeks.

After dropping the first three contests of the season to the Flyers, the Islanders picked up a 4-3 win on February 12 at the Nassau Coliseum. Trent Hunter tallied a goal and two assists, while Ruslan Fedotenko contributed a goal and an assist.

DiPietro vs. Flyers
Rick DiPietro comes into Saturday’s action with a 7-9-0 career mark in 16 games against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 2.88 goals against average, including one shutout. DiPietro, who is 1-3-0 on the season against the Flyers, will be looking for his second consecutive victory, having posted a 4-3 win at the Coliseum on February 12. Saturday will be the third of four meetings at the Coliseum between the two teams.

Biron vs. Islanders
Martin Biron is expected to be in net on Saturday against the Islanders. Biron is 11-4-1 in 16 career games against the Islanders with a 2.09 goals against average, including two shutouts . Biron is 3-0-0 this season against his division foes and has a 2.00 goals against average over this span, giving up a total of just six goals.

Niittymaki vs. Islanders
It’s possible that Antero Niittymaki could get the start in net on Saturday with a back-to-back over the weekend for the Flyers. Niittymaki has a 2-7-0-1 mark in ten career games against the Islanders, including an 0-1-0 mark this season. His lone start of the season against the Islanders came on February 12 at the Coliseum, a 4-3 Flyers loss in which he stopped 43 shots.


 

THE LINEUPS
(potential lines and D pairings)

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

Defensemen
24 Radek Martinek – 3 Rob Davison
8   Bruno Gervais - 44 Freddy Meyer
2   Aaron Johnson – 4 Bryan Berard
Injured but could return: Brendan Witt

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


PHILADELPHIA
Goaltenders
30 Antero Niittymaki/43 Martin Biron

Defensemen
21 Jason Smith - 6   Randy Jones
26 Jaroslav Modry – 77 Ryan Parent
5 Brandon Coburn - 44 Kimmo Timonen

Forwards
20. R.J. Umberger - 48 Daniel Briere – 24 Sami Kapanen
9 Scottie Upshall - 17 Jeff Carter - 22 Mike Knuble
19 Scott Hartnell - 25 Patrick Thoresen - 27 Steve Downie
32 Riley Cote - 34 Jim Dowd – 36 Jesse Boulerice



Crucial Matchup: Flyers PP vs. Islanders PK

The Flyers have relied heavily on their power play to win them games all season. With a 22.7% efficiency rate on the man-advantage, the Flyers rank second in the league. They've scored 70 of their 191 goals on the power play.

Part of the reason for the Flyers' ten-game slump was their lack of power play efficiency. Over the ten-game span, Philadelphia scored only five power play goals. Prior to that, the Flyers had scored at least one man-advantage goal in 11 straight games and in 14 of 15.

The Flyers power play is dangerous due to their ability to send out two solid units. With a boat load of offensive talent including Daniel Briere, Simon Gagne, Scott Hartnell, Scottie Upshall, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Sami Kapanen there is usually no shortage.

However, with Gagne and Richards sidelined, the Islanders will have two fewer weapons to contain. Richard Park, Andy Hilbert, Trent Hunter, Josef Vasicek, Ruslan Fedotenko and the defense will still have their work cut out for them on Saturday.



Islanders Leaderboard Through 64 Games

Goals    #
1. Mike Comrie  20
2. Bill Guerin    19
3. Ruslan Fedotenko    15
   
Assists    #
1. Mike Comrie    27
2. Trent Hunter    26
3. Miroslav Satan    21
   
Points    #
1. Mike Comrie  47
2. Bill Guerin    36
    Trent Hunter  36
4. Miroslav Satan  34




MILESTONES RECORDED: (in the past week) 
  • Bryan Berard skated in his 600th NHL game on 2/23 at NJD.



 
SUBPLOTS

Niittymaki or Biron?
We most likely won't know until Saturday which Philadelphia netminder will be facing the Islanders. A number of factors come into play.

  1. Martin Biron is 3-0-0 against the Islanders this season, while Antero Niittymaki is 0-1-0.
  2. The Flyers will be playing the Rangers on Sunday in a back-to-back situation. With neither goaltender playing well over their recent stretch the two have been sharing the goaltending duties. It's likely that one netminder will play one game and the other the following day.
Our money is on Biron, considering his record against the Islanders this season and the fact that he's 0-3-1 against the Rangers. However, despite being 3-0-0 against the Islanders, Biron sat on February 12 only to see his counterpart lose a 4-3 decision.


The “Grind Line” versus Flyers
What has simply become known as the “Grind Line” over the past several weeks, Ruslan Fedotenko, Josef Vasicek and Trent Hunter have all had their share of success against the Philadelphia Flyers this season. While the trio did not start playing as a unit until recently, the three have combined to tally 11 points against the Flyers in four games this season, including two goals and three assists from Josef Vasicek. When the “Grind Line” plays well it usually breeds success for the Islanders.



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!



New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers

All-Time Series Results:
All-Time: 88-99-26-0
Home:
54-38-15-0
Road: 34-61-11-0
OT: 6-3-26

Last Win: 2/12/08, Islanders 4 vs. Flyers 3
Last Loss: 1/19/08, Islanders 3 vs. Flyers 5
Last OT/SO: 2/27/07, Islanders 6 vs. Flyers 5 (OT)
2006-07: Islanders went 6-2-0
2007-08: Islanders are 1-3-0

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 3 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 5
February 12, 2008 – Islanders 4 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3
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




25 YEARS LATER...A DYNASTY HONORED

Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here.

Islanders fans, next weekend is the event of the season that everyone has been eagerly anticipating. On the weekend of March 1, the Islanders will honor some of the most remarkable men in NHL history as they kick off Allstate Core of the Four weekend. As every Islanders fan knows, the Islanders were the talk of the town and the NHL during the 1980s, thanks to their incredible run of four Stanley Cups from 1980-1983. The Islanders organization is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 17 men who were a part of all four championship teams.


FAN APPRECIATION DAY: SATURDAY MARCH 1

Saturday, March 1 is all about you, the fans. Fan Appreciation Day, when the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at 2 pm, will honor the greatest fans in the NHL. As a thank you, the Islanders organization will be giving away hundreds of prizes all game long. Several of the Core of the Four Alumni will be attending our annual Fan Appreciation Day Game. Kids will also be treated to a post-game on ice puck shootout.

On the Nassau Coliseum ice there will be a presentation for the winner of Bill Guerin’s Chopper motorcycle, which is currently being auctioned off at newyorkislanders.com.

All fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtesy of Valtech. The first 10,000 fans can pick up Islanders trading cards upon entrance into the Nassau Coliseum.

Click here to purchase tickets to Fan Appreciation Day on March 1, when the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers.


THE MAIN EVENT – ALLSTATE CORE OF THE FOUR DAY: SUNDAY, MARCH 2

The Islanders host the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum at 3 pm on Sunday, March 2, but the day's events start long before the drop of the puck.

If there was ever a time to be at the Coliseum, it would be at 2 pm for the Walk of Champions. Islanders fans will have the chance to cheer on the Core of Four as they make their way from the Marriott to the Coliseum in the ceremonial red carpet Walk of Champions.

Fans will see the Core of the Four as they make their way into the Coliseum and on the ice, where they will be greeted by the game’s most prized possession – the Stanley Cup. This will be an event that will not be forgotten by those witnessing it.

The honored guests are:

Bill Torrey
Al Arbour
Mike Bossy
Bob Bourne
Clark Gillies
Butch Goring
Lorne Henning
Anders Kallur
Gord Lane
Dave Langevin
Wayne Merrick
Ken Morrow
Bob Nystrom
Stefan Persson
Denis Potvin
Billy Smith
Duane Sutter
John Tonelli
Bryan Trottier


Trainer Ron Waske and equipment manager Jim Pickard, who were with the team for all four Stanley Cups, will also be honored as part of the event. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

A special ceremony for the Core of the Four members will begin at 3 pm on the Coliseum ice. All fans in attendance will receive a Sharp commemorative Core of the Four banner.

Throughout the game, the Stanley Cup will be on display at the concourse for photo ops.


Fans interested in purchasing tickets to these two special games should click here. Act now, because these tickets are going fast.


There are two great ticket plans that guarantee you seats at these in-demand games.

Click here to find out about the Playoff Push Pack.

Click here to find out about the 5 Star Plan.



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Compiled by Adam Baruch and  Jason Lockhart
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