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TED: WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The Islanders try to break through against the Philadelphia Flyers – Islanders vs. Philadelphia; Tomorrow at 7:05 pm, TV: VERSUS, Radio: Bloomberg 1130...Purchase tickets here


Ted Nolan and the Islanders are hoping two "better" games against Pittsburgh and Minnesota last week can get them over the hump and finally secure a win for the first time since January 22. The Islanders return home to meet the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow night for Hockey & Heels at the Nassau Coliseum.

"The last couple of weeks with all of the injuries, it has taken its toll on us," said Nolan. "Now most of the guys, are back skating. The last couple of games in Pittsburgh and Minnesota, we've played well. We should have had a better result in Minnesota. The bottom line is the last couple of games, we've played better than the previous three."

But the Islanders aren't looking at their back at their latest stretch, which has seen them go 0-6-1. They're choosing to focus on the games that are still under their control, with the final third of the season still remaining.

"We talked today about looking forward," said Nolan. "We have 27 games left, and we're going to go one game at a time. We'll forget about the previous number of games against everybody. We all play 82 games, and whoever is in one of those playoff positions has a chance to win, and we want to be in one of those positions."

Besides Mike Sillinger, three other Islanders – Bill Guerin, Miroslav Satan and Bruno Gervais – were noticeably absent from today's practice at Iceworks.

"Guerin and Satan just had the days off," said Nolan. "Bruno had a little bit of a bang up in the last game. We're not 100% sure if he'll play tomorrow. We'll see the length of his injury."



COMRIE EMBRACING THE LEADERSHIP ROLE

Ted Nolan had a long list of players he could have chosen from to garner the "A" in Mike Sillinger's absence. He chose Mike Comrie, and he's responded, tallying two goals and two assists over the past four games.

"I spoke to Mike before the summer about having a go-to-guy and someone we can rely upon," said Nolan. "The last couple of games we're starting to see the player we expected to see. Leadership can be seen through actions and Mike has shown us that."


 
HILBERT ON THE RISE

Since the recent slew of injuries, Andy Hilbert has found his way on the top scoring line with Bill Guerin and Mike Comrie. The Michigan native has posted points in his last two games and gone a +2 in that span.

"The last couple of weeks, Andy Hilbert has played real well," said Nolan. "He's making good decisions and being more patient with the puck. Andy is making some good plays and jumping in. Before he was doing good things defensively, now he's combining that with some good things offensively."


 
REACTION TO ZEDNIK'S LIFE-THREATENING INJURY

Former Islanders Richard Zednik was accidentally kicked in the next by teammate Olli Jokinen during yesterday's Florida-Buffalo contest. The contact cut Zednik's carotid artery and caused him to bleed profusely. He was listed in stable condition soon after, but the incident hit the hockey world hard.  

"My first thought was to think of the Malarchuk incident from 20 years ago," said Nolan, referring to Buffalo goaltender Clint Malarchuk, who was wounded badly with a skate to the throat. He would recover and continue to play in the NHL." It's a very frightening thing to see anyone get that type of injury. But thank god all NHL arenas are well-equipped to deal with situations like that. Thank god he was taken care of."



A NEW WORLD RECORD IN THE NYI FAMILY

A congratulations from the entire Islanders organization goes out to Susanna Kallur, the daughter of four-time Islanders Stanley Cup champ and current pro scout Anders Kallur.

On Sunday, at the Karlsruhe International Athletics Meet in Germany, Kallur broke an 18-year-old world record in the women's 60-meter indoor hurdles, clocking 7.68 seconds to lower the mark by 0.01 seconds.

"The record is unbelievable, I'm speechless," Kallur said. "I don't know how I will celebrate."

The 26-year old Swede broke the record set on Feb. 4, 1990, by Russia's Ludmila Narozhilenko - who later changed her name to Ludmila Engquist. Kallur, the European outdoors champion just missed the mark with a 7.72 effort a week ago in Stuttgart.

Kallur was born in Huntington, NY while her father was on his way to helping the Islanders capture their second consecutive Stanley Cup. She carries a duel citizenship with the United States and Sweden. At the international level, Kallur represents Sweden.

 
HOCKEY & HEELS NIGHT AT THE COLISEUM

Presented by Nicolock Paving Stones and Retaining Walls; Ladies get into the Coliseum for only $10, Tuesday's NYI vs. PHI; Valentine's Pack; $1000 paving stone prize; Islanders calendar giveaway for the first 10,000 fans; Fashion Show featuring the players' wives and girlfriends

The Islanders are hosting the first ever Hockey & Heels Night at the Nassau Coliseum, presented by Nicolock Paving Stones and Retaining Walls. For Tuesday, February 12, all women are invited to “Ladyville.” for only $10 to see the Islanders meet division foe Philadelphia as they make their final playoff push. To purchase these $10 tickets, women can visit the box office today.


MACY'S ROOSEVELT FIELD FASHION SHOW, PRESENTED BY LONG ISLAND PULSE MAGAZINE


Check out the latest fashions on the players' wives and girlfriends

During the second intermission, a special Macy's Roosevelt Field Fashion Show, featuring the wives and girlfriends of the players will take place on the Coliseum ice. Already signed for this exclusive event are Kara Guerin, Teri Hunter, Debbie Fedotenko, Lindsey Meyer and Megan Dubielewicz.


GIVEAWAYS & PRIZES

As an added bonus for those attending the game, the Islanders will provide a team calendar featuring your favorite Islanders players to the first 10,000 fans to enter the Coliseum. Plus, fans will have the opportunity to win a number of giveaways, raffles and auctions taking place throughout the game including personal training sessions, restaurants, spa packages, and more.

In addition, 15 Islanders Illustrated programs – the official gameday magazine of the Islanders – will include a Valentine's Day card signed by Islanders players. So come early to ensure that you receive a copy.

The Valentine's Day Puck Surprise will take place on the concourse once the doors open, through the end of the second intermission or when the pucks are sold out. Each puck will be autographed by a surprise Islanders player. A limited number of gold signature pucks will be amongst the pile. If you receive a gold signature, you will have the opportunity to meet the player following the game.

As part of Hockey & Heels Night, presented by Nicolock Paving Stones & Retaining Walls, Nicolock will be giving away a grand prize of 250 square feet of paving stone, retailed at $1,000, for a backyard patio. All attending fans need to do is enter to win at Nicolock's concourse kiosk at the Nassau Coliseum that evening, so make sure to purchase your tickets today and stop by on February 12th.

Make the Hockey & Heels Night at the Nassau Coliseum your night out on the town on February 12.

Ladies, to purchase $10 tickets, please visit the box office on starting on February 10 starting at 9:30 am.


HOCKEY & HEELS TICKET OPTIONS

Ladyville $10 Tickets: For Tuesday, February 12, all women are invited to “Ladyville” for only $10 to see the Islanders meet division foe Philadelphia as they make their final playoff push. Special $10 Ladyville tickets go on sale at the Nassau Coliseum box office starting this Sunday at 9:30 am. Tickets are available while supplies last.

Valentines Pack: Treat your special someone to the game starting at just $49 and receive a gift card to Butera's Italian Restaurant and a chocolate gift box. With Valentine's Day only two days after the game, the Islanders have put together a special Islanders Valentines Pack that is jam packed with value. Starting at only $49, packages include two tickets to the game, a $30 gift card to Butera's Italian Restaurant and a chocolate gift box.

For those interested in purchasing a Valentines Pack, please contact the customer service department at 1.800.882.ISLES EXT. 2 or customerservice@newyorkislanders.com




THE REASON TO GO
  1. It's the first ever Hockey & Heels Night at the Coliseum with $10 tickets for all women to Ladyville...Purchase them at the box office today!
  2. Catch some of the Islanders' youngest stars as they compete at the NHL level.
  3. Come see a fashion show featuring the players' wives and girlfriends.


 
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY

The Islanders host the co-Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia Flyers for Hockey & Heels Night at the Nassau Coliseum.

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.
We'll see you on Tuesday evening at the Coliseum.

Click here to purchase tickets today!
 
 


 
THE STORY
Islanders (24-25-6) vs. Philadelphia (30-18-5)

The Islanders look to get back on track against the Philadelphia Flyers, who are currently tied for first in the Atlantic Division. This is the fourth meeting between these two teams and the Flyers have been victorious the first three games.

Philadelphia is almost completely healthy with the recent return of Simon Gagne. Since Gagne returned in January, the Flyers have surged, going 9-3-1 to climb atop the Atlantic Division standings.

After losing six straight, the Islanders are only five points back of eighth place with plenty of games to go. The Islanders only have to think about winning one game at a time and they could be back in the playoff hunt within a couple of weeks.

DiPietro vs. Flyers
Rick DiPietro comes into Tuesday night’s action with a 6-9-0 career mark in 15 games against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 2.87 goals against average, including one shutout. DiPietro will be going for his first victory of the season against the Flyers; he is currently 0-3-0, including 0-1-0 at Nassau Coliseum.

Biron  vs. Islanders
Martin Biron is expected to be in net on Tuesday night 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 just a total of six goals.
 
 


 
THE LINEUPS
(potential lines and D pairings)

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

Defensemen
24 Radek Martinek – 32 Brendan Witt
25 Andy Sutton - 44 Freddy Meyer
2   Aaron Johnson - 8 Bruno Gervais

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 – 72 Jeremy Colliton - 10 Richard Park


PHILADELPHIA
Goaltenders
43 Martin Biron
30 Antero Niittymaki

Defensemen
5  Braydon Coburn - 2 Derian Hatcher
44 Kimmo Timonen - 26  Jim Vandermeer
21 Jason Smith – 6 Randy Jones

Forwards
12 Simon Gagne - 48 Daniel Briere - 9 Scottie Upshall
19 Scott Hartnell - 18 Mike Richards – 27 Steve Downie
22 Mike Knuble - 17 Jeff Carter - 20 R.J. Umberger
24 Sami Kapanen - 34 Jim Dowd - 32 Riley Cote

Crucial Matchup: NYI forwards vs. Philly's top two scoring lines

With the loss of Mike Sillinger and Ted Nolan's mixing and matching the lines, the Islanders no longer have a true "shutdown" line.

Instead, Nolan chose to just roll his lines, with all four matching up against the top Pittsburgh line of Evgeni Malkin-Petr Sykora-Ryan Malone.

The strategy paid off with only one even strength goal scored by that line. We will see if Nolan continues with this system or forms a "shutdown" line to counter one of Philly's top scoring lines.

 

 
Islanders Leaderboard Through 55 Games

Goals
1. Bill Guerin 18
2. Mike Comrie 16
3. Mike Sillinger 14

Assists
1. Mike Comrie 23
2. Trent Hunter 20
3. Miroslav Satan 18

Points
1. Mike Comrie 39
2. Bill Guerin 29
   Miroslav Satan 29



HITS # BLOCKS #
1. Trent Hunter 182 1. Brendan Witt 124
2. Brendan Witt 124 2. Andy Sutton 90
3. Sean Bergenheim 86 3. Radek Martinek 86
4. Andy Sutton 82 4. Bruno Gervais 71
5. Ruslan Fedotenko 79 5. Chris Campoli 47
       
SHORTHANDED POINTS # TOTAL ICE TIME/GAME #
1. Radek Martinek 3 1. Radek Martinek 22:09
    Richard Park 3 2. Brendan Witt 22:00
3. Ruslan Fedotenko 2 3. Bruno Gervais 20:28
    Trent Hunter 2 4. Mike Comrie 19:22
    Mike Sillinger 2 5. Chris Campoli 19:09
    Josef Vasicek 2    
       
POWER PLAY GOALS # SHOOTING % #
1. Marc-Andre Bergeron 7 1. Mike Sillinger 14.9 (14-for-94)
2. Bill Guerin 6 2. Josef Vasicek 14.7 (11-for-75)
3. Ruslan Fedotenko 5 3. Bill Guerin 11.8 (18-for-153)
4. Miroslav Satan 4 4. Mike Comrie 11.1 (16-for-144)
5. Bryan Berard, Mike Sillinger,
Mike Comrie
3 5. Ruslan Fedotenko 11.0 (9-for-82)


 
MILESTONE WATCH:
 
  • Trent Hunter is one game away from skating in his 300th NHL career game.
  • Sean Bergenheim is three games away from skating in his 100th NHL career game.
  • Bill Guerin is two points away from 750 in his NHL career.
  • Radek Martinek is five games away from skating in his 500th career NHL game.

MILESTONES RECORDED: (in the past week)
 
  • Mike Comrie tallied his 300th career NHL point on 2/7 at PIT.
 


 
SUBPLOT

The Kid Line
Ted Nolan held true to his word and gave the "kids" – meaning Jeff Tambellini, Frans Nielsen and Blake Comeau – a chance to show their stuff in their first game together on Thursday against Pittsburgh. In 18 shifts together, Tambellini, Nielsen and Comeau each logged over 13 minutes of ice time.

Comeau tallied the lone shot for the line, while Tambellini and Nielsen each had a shot blocked. As the game progressed, the three began to play in the offensive zone longer. For a number of shifts, they went against the top Penguins line, featuring Evgeni Malkin. They successfully kept that top line off the board.

With another game under their belt against Minnesota, the "kids" should begin to gel and get more comfortable with the puck in the offensive zone come Tuesday, their home debut as an NHL line.


Pointless Briere
Despite three losses to the Flyers this season, the Islanders have done a magnificent job containing skilled center Daniel Briere. The "Energizer Bunny" has been held pointless in the three matchups and is a combined -3.

Credit the duo of Radek Martinek and Brendan Witt for shutting down Briere, who was a menace to the Islanders playing with the Buffalo Sabres.

Witt and Martinek will have some extra work with Simon Gagne back in the mix and playing on Briere's line.

 


 
LOUDVILLE IS OPEN!

High School and college students, this is your chance for $10 tickets to see Rick DiPietro and the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday evening. For Long Island students, there isn't a better deal in professional sports.

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: 87-99-26-0
Home:
53-38-15-0
Road: 34-61-11-0
OT: 6-3-26

Last Win: 4/7/07, Islanders 4 vs. Flyers 2
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 0-3-0

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 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.
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


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Compiled by Adam Baruch and Jason Lockhart
 
 
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