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Sutton Out 4-6 Weeks; Fata Recalled

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

MRI reveals partial hamstring tear for Andy Sutton; stay-at-home dman Drew Fata gets the call

Drew Fata
The Islanders announced today that veteran defenseman Andy Sutton will be out 4-6 weeks after an MRI this morning revealed a partial tear of his hamstring. Sutton suffered the injury during the Islanders’ 3-2 win over San Jose on Monday afternoon at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Defenseman Drew Fata has been recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

Fata, a 6-1, 210-pound defenseman, has played in 48 games this season with the Sound Tigers, registering three goals and five assists. His 156 penalty minutes ranks second on the team.

Fata appeared in three games for the Islanders during the 2006-07 season, recording one goal and five penalty minutes.

Elsewhere on the Islanders’ blueline, Bruno Gervais is day-to-day with a strained oblique. Brendan Witt, listed as out 2-4 weeks after spraining his knee on Feb. 12, remains on schedule to return within that time frame.

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Islanders at Washington – Wednesday at 7:00 pm (FSN, Bloomberg 1130)

All-Time Series Results:
All-Time: 80-78-13-2
Road: 33-40-11-2
OT: 5-7-8

Last Win: 12/22/07, Islanders 3 vs. Capitals 2 (OT)
Last Loss: 10/8/07, Islanders 1 vs. Capitals 2
2006-07: Islanders went 3-0-1
2007-08: Islanders are 2-1-0

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 3 vs. Washington Capitals 2 (OT)
February 20, 2008 – Islanders at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.
*All times EST

News and notes heading into Wednesday’s matchup
  • The Islanders are currently on a four-game win streak and have picked up at least one point in their last five games (4-0-1). The five-game point streak is the longest of the season.
  • With a win on Wednesday night, the Islanders will win the season series with Washington for the third consecutive season (currently 8-2-1 since start of 2003-04 season).
  • Rick DiPietro comes into Wednesday’s game with an 8-3-0-1 career mark in 15 games against the Capitals, including two shutouts and a 1.99 goals against average. Rick is 2-1-0 on the season and has allowed just six goals in the three games.
  • While the Islanders are third in the NHL, having played 32 one-goal games on the season (18-7-7), the Capitals are second, appearing in 33 one-goal games (17-10-6).
  • In three games this season against the Capitals, Islanders captain Bill Guerin has recorded four goals.
GONE STREAKING: With the final stretch of the season among us, the Islanders are heating up. Heading into Wednesday’s game, the Islanders are as hot as any team in the NHL. The Orange and Blue are currently on a four-game win streak, matching their longest such streak of the season (11/1/07 – 11/10/07). Over the past four games, the Islanders have tallied 15 goals while totaling 14 goals during the previous seven (0-6-1). The Islanders have scored three-or-more goals in six straight games dating back to February 7 in Pittsburgh, matching their longest such streak of the season (10/18/07 – 11/6/07).

THE GRIND LINE: What has simply become known as “The Grind Line” around Islanders country over the past four games has peaked just at the right time. During the four-game win streak, the Ruslan Fedotenko-Josef Vasicek-Trent Hunter line has combined to tally 15 points, including four goals on the man-advantage and 41 shots on net. Fedotenko has led the way, recording four goals and one assist, earning him the NHL’s Second Star of the Week honors for the week ending February 17.

BROKEN RECORDS: With a 4-1 victory on Saturday night over the Atlanta Thrashers, The Islanders attempted a season-high 49 shots on goal while holding the Thrashers to ten shot attempts. The ten shots on net were the fewest allowed in franchise history, besting the previous record of eleven shots on goal by the Detroit Red Wings on March 3, 1977. The 39-shot differential in favor of the Islanders is also a new franchise record, besting a 38-shot differential set on February 22, 1977 against Colorado (51-13).

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.
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