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03-16-2006, 06:30 AM
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New York Islanders @ Atlanta Thrashers: 3/16 FSN2 7pm

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/score...5/NHL18065.htm

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GAME: New York Islanders (31-29-4) at Atlanta Thrashers (31-28-6).


Atlanta has won seven of its last nine to move three points back of eighth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference, while New York has won a season-high four in a row and six of its last seven to pull within five points of the Canadiens.

The Thrashers have been riding goaltender Kari Lehtonen during their recent run. The 22-year-old hasn't allowed more than three goals in any of the past nine contests, posting a 2.04 goals-against average over that span. He's faced at least 34 shots in six games during the stretch.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Miroslav Satan, 26 goals; Yashin and Mike York, 34 assists; Yashin, 55 points; John Erskine, 111 PIM. Thrashers - Kovalchuk, 42 goals and 81 points; Savard, 55 assists; Andy Sutton, 110 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 14): Islanders - Power play: 17.4 percent (63 for 362), 19th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.8 percent (309 for 392), 26th. Thrashers - Power play: 19.4 percent (84 for 434), 6th. Penalty killing: 79.8 percent (325 for 407), 25th.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders - DiPietro (25-17-4, 3.12 GAA); Garth Snow (4-9-0, 3.70). Thrashers - Lehtonen (14-11-0, 1 SO, 2.71); Mike Dunham (4-4-1, 1, 2.79).

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