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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Mike's faceoff work, his toughest opponents and more

By Adam Baruch & Chris King

Mike Sillinger
Known to be one of the toughest face-off men in the National Hockey League, Sillinger consistently gets the job done for his team and can be counted on to step into the circle and win a face-off at any given moment. In fact, since the league started keeping track off face-off percentages in 1998-99, Sillinger has not had a season where he did not win at least 55.0% of his face-off opportunities. Below is a season-by-season look at Mike's face-off percentages, including how many were taken each year:

Year-by-year faceoff breakdown (Since NHL started keeping statistics at the start of 1998-99)...

Year/Games Played Team  # of Face-off Taken % of Faceoffs Won
1998-99 / 79 games Philadelphia/Tampa Bay 549 59.9%
1999-00 / 80 games Tampa Bay/Florida 741 57.8%
2000-01 / 68 games Florida/Ottawa 1,243 60.3%
2001-02 / 80 games Columbus 2,024 57.0%
2002-03 / 75 games Columbus 1,490 56.5%
2003-04 / 76 games Phoenix/Nashville 1,122 56.8%
2005-06 / 79 games St. Louis/Nashville 1,339 55.9%
2006-07 / 82 games Islanders 1,708 58.8%


Sillinger will become just the sixth Islander to play his 1,000th NHL game wearing the Orange and Blue jersey. Below is a list of how the Islanders fared on each milestone day:

Player Date Opponent/Result
Ed Westfall Feb. 21, 1976 vs. Boston (L 1-2)
Butch Goring Dec. 20, 1983 vs. Pittsburgh (W 11-3)
Denis Potvin* Nov. 5, 1987 vs. Pittsburgh (L 2-4)
Bryan Trottier* Oct. 27, 1988 at Philadelphia (L 2-5)
Keith Acton Feb. 21, 1994 vs. Washington (W 4-0)

*Note: Denis Potvin and Bryan Trottier were the only two Islanders to play all 1,000 games in an Islanders uniform.


New York Islanders radio analyst Chris King recently had an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Mike Sillinger and talk about a wide variety of things - ranging from Mike's favorite cities to his toughest competition. A list of that conversation has been compiled below:

Toughest face-off opponents
1. Joe Nieuwendyk
2. Ron Francis
3. Rod Brind'Amour

Toughest to defend against:
1. Mario Lemieux
2. Wayne Gretzky
3. Joe Sakic

Favorite linemates to play with (besides Trent Hunter):
1. Ray Whitney
2. Alexander Mogilny

Favorite Coaches:
1. Ted Nolan
2. Bryan Murray
3. Barry Melrose (AHL)

Favorite cities (outside of Long Island) to have played in:
1. Vancouver
2. Columbus
3. St. Louis

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