*The Islanders (10-6-0) have their work cut out for them this week as they take on the resurging Rangers, Canadiens, and Bruins (twice). Expect Wade Dubieliewicz to get his second start of the season Friday or Saturday against the B's.
*In the interest of getting a number of his top players going, Ted Nolan went back with the team's original lines Friday night in New Jersey. See the bottom of this post for the lineup.
*The powerplay is ranked tied for sixth in the league with a 20.9% success rate. Bryan Berard's return should push them even closer to the top.
Rick DiPietro (9-5,2.35 GAA,.910 S%) recorded his second shutout of the season Friday against New Jersey (26 saves). In his last five games, DiPietro has stopped 112 of 121 shots, good enough for a .926 S%.
Miroslav Satan (5-7=12,+6) has gone pointless in two games after an eight game point scoring streak, during which he scored five goals and six assists. Perhaps most impressive about Satan so far this year is his team leading +6 rating.
Josef Vasicek (7-3=10,+4) leads the Isles in goal scoring and has registered a point in nine of his last eleven games. Vasicek has three goals, an assist and a +3 rating over his last four games.
Richard Park (1-5=6,+1) had an assist and a + rating in five straight games, but has since gone pointless in two.
Mike Comrie (6-10=16,-5) has just one point, a goal, in his last four games. He had a -3 rating in that stretch. Comrie still leads the team with 16 points, four ahead of Satan.
Ruslan Fedotenko (5-6=11,-1) hasn't registered a point in his last four games.
Bill Guerin (5-6=11,-1) has failed to muster a point in his last five games.
Trent Hunter (4-4=8,-6) has been putting up points, but owns the team's worst +/- rating. Hunter has two assists to go along with a -4 rating in his last four.
Mike Sillinger (2-4=6,-2) has struggled to produce with any regularity thus far this season. Sillinger has just one goal in his last five games.
Bryan Berard (2-2=4,-1) hasn't registered a point in the two games since returning from a groin injury.
Chris Campoli (2-9=11,-1) has just two assists in his last seven games, but Berard's return should provide a spark. Campoli assumes the left point on the top power play unit. He leads Isles defensemen with eleven points.
M.A. Bergeron (2-4=6,-3) has been scratched the last two games in favor of Berard.
On the mend:
*F/D Aaron Johnson (knee) is expected to miss six weeks, retroactive 11/5.
*F Shawn Bates (groin/hernia) is expected to return soon.
*F Jon Sim (knee) is out for the season.
Mon. 11/19 @ Rangers
Wed. 11/21 vs. Montreal
Fri. 11/23 @ Boston
Sat. 11/24 vs. Boston
Mon. 11/26 vs. Dallas
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