2007–08 New York Islanders season

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2007–08 New York Islanders
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 13th Eastern
2007–08 record 35–38–9
Home record 18–18–5
Road record 17–20–4
Goals for 194
Goals against 243
Team information
General Manager Garth Snow
Coach Ted Nolan
Captain Bill Guerin
Alternate captains Mike Sillinger
Brendan Witt
Arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Average attendance 13,640 (84%)
Team leaders
Goals Bill Guerin (23)
Assists Trent Hunter (29)
Points Mike Comrie (49)
Penalties in minutes Mike Comrie (87)
Plus/minus Kyle Okposo (+3)
Wins Rick DiPietro (26)
Goals against average Wade Dubielewicz (2.70)
<2006–07 2008–09>

The 2007–08 New York Islanders season began October 5, 2007. It was the New York Islanders' 36th season in the National Hockey League.

Offseason[edit]

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Forward Bill Guerin is named team captain, replacing departed forward Alexei Yashin.

Regular season[edit]

Excluding five shootout-winning goals, the Islanders finished the regular season with 189 goals for, the fewest of all 30 teams in the League. They also allowed the most shorthanded goals in the League, with 15.[1][2][3]

Significant events[edit]

An early season highlight occurred on November 3, 2007, when Al Arbour returned to coach his 1500th game for the Islanders at the behest of Ted Nolan, who wanted Arbour's regular season games coached total to reach 1500, a round number. The Islanders came from behind to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3–2, which extended Arbour's National Hockey League record for most games coached with one team and extended his NHL record 740 regular season wins with one team.[4] Afterwards, in a post-game ceremony, the Islanders raised a new banner to honor Arbour's 1500th game coached for the Islanders.[5]

On Tuesday, January 22, 2008, the Islanders scored three short-handed goals in a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.[6]

Standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
2 New Jersey Devils 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
3 New York Rangers 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
4 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
5 New York Islanders 82 35 38 9 194 243 79

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens NE 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 y – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
4 New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
5 New York Rangers AT 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
6 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
8 Boston Bruins NE 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
13 New York Islanders AT 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
14 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
15 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 5–4–0; Home: 3–2–0; Road: 2–2–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 5 NY Islanders 6 – 4 Buffalo DiPietro 18,690 1–0–0 2
2 October 6 Buffalo 2 – 3 NY Islanders DiPietro 16,234 2–0–0 4
3 October 8 Washington 2 – 1 NY Islanders DiPietro 16,234 2–1–0 4
4 October 10 NY Rangers 1 – 2 NY Islanders DiPietro 15,295 3–1–0 6
5 October 11 NY Islanders 1 – 8 Toronto Dubielewicz 19,319 3–2–0 6
6 October 13 NY Islanders 1 – 3 Philadelphia DiPietro 19,714 3–3–0 6
7 October 18 NY Islanders 5 – 2 Washington DiPietro 11,036 4–3–0 8
8 October 20 New Jersey 3 – 4 NY Islanders OT DiPietro 14,092 5–3–0 10
9 October 27 Carolina 8 – 3 NY Islanders DiPietro 13,136 5–4–0 10

November[edit]

Record: 8–5–1 ; Home: 6–1–1 ; Road: 2–4–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
10 November 1 Tampa Bay 0 – 4 NY Islanders DiPietro 11,008 6–4–0 12
11 November 3 Pittsburgh 2 – 3 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 16,234 7–4–0 14
12 November 6 NY Rangers 2 – 3 NY Islanders DiPietro 15,158 8–4–0 16
13 November 10 New Jersey 1 – 2 NY Islanders DiPietro 15,361 9–4–0 18
14 November 12 NY Islanders 2 – 3 Philadelphia DiPietro 19,312 9–5–0 18
15 November 15 NY Islanders 2 – 3 Pittsburgh DiPietro 16,972 9–6–0 18
16 November 16 NY Islanders 1 – 0 New Jersey DiPietro 15,076 10–6–0 20
17 November 19 NY Islanders 2 – 1 NY Rangers DiPietro 18,200 11–6–0 22
18 November 21 Montreal 4 – 1 NY Islanders DiPietro 13,153 11–7–0 22
19 November 23 NY Islanders 1 – 2 Boston DiPietro 17,565 11–8–0 22
20 November 24 Boston 1 – 2 NY Islanders DiPietro 16,234 12–8–0 24
21 November 26 Dallas 3 – 2 NY Islanders OT DiPietro 8,161 12–8–1 25
22 November 28 Ottawa 2 – 3 NY Islanders SO DiPietro 9,211 13–8–1 27
23 November 29 NY Islanders 2 – 4 NY Rangers DiPietro 18,200 13–9–1 27

December[edit]

Record: 7–7–1 ; Home: 4–4–0 ; Road: 3–3–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
24 December 1 Atlanta 4 – 0 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 15,355 13–10–1 27
25 December 3 Boston 3 – 1 NY Islanders DiPietro 11,040 13–11–1 27
26 December 5 NY Islanders 3 – 4 Atlanta SO DiPietro 14,018 13–11–2 28
27 December 7 NY Islanders 0 – 3 Florida DiPietro 14,502 13–12–2 28
28 December 8 NY Islanders 3 – 2 Tampa Bay OT DiPietro 18,319 14–12–2 30
29 December 12 NY Islanders 3 – 5 Buffalo DiPietro 18,690 14–13–2 30
30 December 13 Phoenix 2 – 3 NY Islanders DiPietro 9,581 15–13–2 32
31 December 15 Pittsburgh 3 – 2 NY Islanders DiPietro 15,269 15–14–2 32
32 December 19 Buffalo 2 – 1 NY Islanders DiPietro 10,806 15–15–2 32
33 December 21 NY Islanders 4 – 2 Pittsburgh DiPietro 17,008 16–15–2 34
34 December 22 Washington 2 – 3 NY Islanders OT DiPietro 14,305 17–15–2 36
35 December 26 Toronto 3 – 4 NY Islanders OT Dubielewicz 15,301 18–15–2 38
36 December 27 NY Islanders 2 – 5 Ottawa Dubielewicz 20,268 18–16–2 38
37 December 29 New Jersey 2 – 5 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 16,234 19–16–2 40
38 December 31 NY Islanders 4 – 1 Carolina Dubielewicz 17,091 20–16–2 42

January[edit]

Record: 4–6–4; Home: 0–4–2; Road: 4–2–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
39 January 3 Florida 4 – 3 NY Islanders OT DiPietro 11,428 20–16–3 43
40 January 5 NY Islanders 1 – 2 Colorado OT DiPietro 17,154 20–16–4 44
41 January 7 NY Islanders 0 – 4 Edmonton DiPietro 16,839 20–17–4 44
42 January 8 NY Islanders 2 – 3 Vancouver SO DiPietro 18,630 20–17–5 45
43 January 11 NY Islanders 5 – 4 Calgary SO DiPietro 19,289 21–17–5 47
44 January 13 NY Islanders 3 – 1 Ottawa DiPietro 19,804 22–17–5 49
45 January 15 Montreal 3 – 1 NY Islanders DiPietro 11,439 22–18–5 49
46 January 16 NY Islanders 3 – 1 New Jersey DiPietro 15,975 23–18–5 51
47 January 19 Philadelphia 5 – 3 NY Islanders DiPietro 16,234 23–19–5 51
48 January 21 Carolina 3 – 2 NY Islanders OT DiPietro 16,234 23–19–6 52
49 January 22 NY Islanders 6 – 3 Carolina Dubielewicz 15,675 24–19–6 54
50 January 24 NY Islanders 1 – 4 Boston DiPietro 13,461 24–20–6 54
51 January 29 Ottawa 5 – 2 NY Islanders DiPietro 9,546 24–21–6 54
52 January 31 Los Angeles 3 – 1 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 10,148 24–22–6 54

February[edit]

Record: 7–5–1; Home: 4–2–0; Road: 3–3–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 2 NY Islanders 1 – 4 Montreal DiPietro 21,273 24–23–6 54
54 February 5 Anaheim 3 – 0 NY Islanders DiPietro 9,649 24–24–6 54
55 February 7 NY Islanders 3 – 4 Pittsburgh DiPietro 17,075 24–25–6 54
56 February 9 NY Islanders 3 – 4 Minnesota OT DiPietro 18,568 24–25–7 55
57 February 12 Philadelphia 3 – 4 NY Islanders DiPietro 11,193 25–25–7 57
58 February 14 NY Islanders 5 – 4 Toronto DiPietro 19,227 26–25–7 59
59 February 16 Atlanta 1 – 4 NY Islanders DiPietro 16,234 27–25–7 61
60 February 18 San Jose 2 – 3 NY Islanders DiPietro 16,234 28–25–7 63
61 February 20 NY Islanders 3 – 2 Washington SO DiPietro 17,584 29–25–7 65
62 February 21 Tampa Bay 0 – 1 NY Islanders DiPietro 12,382 30–25–7 67
63 February 23 NY Islanders 2 – 4 New Jersey DiPietro 17,625 30–26–7 67
64 February 26 Pittsburgh 4 – 2 NY Islanders DiPietro 11,258 30–27–7 67
65 February 28 NY Islanders 5 – 4 Atlanta OT DiPietro 16,332 31–27–7 69

March[edit]

Record: 3–10–1 ; Home: 1–4–1 ; Road: 2–6–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
66 March 1 Philadelphia 4 – 1 NY Islanders DiPietro 15,136 31–28–7 69
67 March 2 Florida 1 – 0 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 15,314 31–29–7 69
68 March 4 NY Islanders 4 – 3 NY Rangers SO Dubielewicz 18,200 32–29–7 71
69 March 6 NY Rangers 4 – 1 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 16,234 32–30–7 71
70 March 8 NY Islanders 1 – 4 Philadelphia Dubielewicz 19,748 32–31–7 71
71 March 11 NY Islanders 4 – 8 Tampa Bay DiPietro 19,111 32–32–7 71
72 March 12 NY Islanders 2 – 4 Florida DiPietro 15,233 32–33–7 71
73 March 15 NY Islanders 0 – 3 Montreal DiPietro 21,273 32–34–7 71
74 March 18 Toronto 3 – 1 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 13,134 32–35–7 71
75 March 21 NY Islanders 3 – 1 New Jersey Dubielewicz 17,075 33–35–7 73
76 March 23 NY Islanders 1 – 4 Philadelphia MacDonald 19,136 33–36–7 73
77 March 24 Pittsburgh 1 – 4 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 16,234 34–36–7 75
78 March 27 NY Islanders 1 – 3 Pittsburgh Dubielewicz 17,025 34–37–7 75
79 March 29 Philadelphia 4 – 3 NY Islanders SO Dubielewicz 15,223 34–37–8 76

April[edit]

Record: 1–1–1 ; Home: 0–1–1 ; Road: 1–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 1 New Jersey 2 – 1 NY Islanders OT MacDonald 12,357 34–37–9 77
81 April 3 NY Rangers 3 – 0 NY Islanders Dubielewicz 16,234 34–38–9 77
82 April 4 NY Islanders 4 – 3 NY Rangers OT Dubielewicz 18,200 35–38–9 79

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Mike Comrie 76 21 28 49 87 -21
Bill Guerin 81 23 21 44 65 -15
Miroslav Satan 80 16 25 41 39 -11
Trent Hunter 82 12 29 41 43 -17
Josef Vasicek 81 16 19 35 53 +1
Ruslan Fedotenko 67 16 17 33 40 -9
Richard Park 82 12 20 32 20 -4
Mike Sillinger 52 14 12 26 28 -10
Bryan Berard 54 5 17 22 48 -17
Sean Bergenheim 78 10 12 22 62 -3
Chris Campoli 46 4 14 18 16 -1
Andy Hilbert 70 8 8 16 18 +2
Radek Martinek 69 0 15 15 40 -9
Blake Comeau 51 8 7 15 22 +1
Bruno Gervais 60 0 13 13 34 -5
Freddy Meyer 52 3 9 12 22 +6
Andy Sutton 58 1 7 8 86 -6
Brendan Witt 59 2 5 7 51 -8
Kyle Okposo 9 2 3 5 2 +3
Jeff Tambellini 31 1 3 4 8 -9
Tim Jackman 36 1 3 4 57 -3
Frans Nielsen 16 2 1 3 0 +1
Rob Davison 19 1 1 2 32 -3
Aaron Johnson 30 0 2 2 30 +2
Drew Fata 5 0 1 1 4 -1
Ben Walter 8 1 0 1 0 -1
Jon Sim 2 0 1 1 2 -1
Matthew Spiller 9 0 1 1 7 -2
Jack Hillen 2 0 1 1 4 +1

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Rick DiPietro 63 3707 26 28 7 174 3 .902 2.82
Wade Dubielewicz 20 1132 9 9 1 51 0 .919 2.70
Joey MacDonald 2 120 0 1 1 6 0 .918 2.99
COMBINED 4959 35 38 9 231 3 .907 2.83

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Ruslan Fedotenko 100th NHL Assist October 6, 2007
Brendan Witt 100th NHL Point October 13, 2007
Andy Sutton 800th NHL PIM October 20, 2007
Mike Sillinger 1000th NHL Game November 1, 2007
Mike Sillinger 300th NHL Assist November 3, 2007
Mike Comrie 400th NHL Game November 12, 2007
Rick DiPietro 100th NHL Win November 19, 2007
Ruslan Fedotenko 300th NHL PIM November 19, 2007
Josef Vasicek 400th NHL Game November 26, 2007
Bruno Gervais 100th NHL Game November 28, 2007
Mike Comrie 300th NHL PIM November 28, 2007
Andy Hilbert 100th NHL PIM December 5, 2007
Coach Milestone Reached
Al Arbour 1500th NHL Game November 3, 2007

Transactions[edit]

The Islanders were involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades[edit]

July 5, 2007
To Edmonton Oilers
Allan Rourke
3rd round pick in 2008
To New York Islanders
2nd round pick in 2008
September 11, 2007
To Boston Bruins
Petteri Nokelainen
To New York Islanders
Ben Walter
conditional 2nd round pick in 2009

February 26, 2007

To San Jose Sharks
7th round pick in 2008
To New York Islanders
Rob Davison

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Jon Sim Atlanta Thrashers 3 years, $3 million
Ruslan Fedotenko Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $2.9 million
Bill Guerin San Jose Sharks 2 years, $9 million
Mike Comrie Ottawa Senators 1 year, $3.375 million
Tim Jackman Los Angeles Kings 1 year, $500,000
Matthew Spiller Phoenix Coyotes 1 year, $475,000
Joey MacDonald Boston Bruins 2 years, $975,000
Darryl Bootland Detroit Red Wings 1 year, $525,000
Aaron Johnson Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year, $475,000
Josef Vasicek Carolina Hurricanes
Player New team
Tom Poti Washington Capitals
Jason Blake Toronto Maple Leafs
Richard Zednik Florida Panthers
Viktor Kozlov Washington Capitals
Ryan Smyth Colorado Avalanche
Sean Hill Minnesota Wild
Arron Asham New Jersey Devils

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[7]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
3 62 Mark Katic Defenceman  Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)
3 76 Jason Gregoire Left Wing  Canada Lincoln Stars (USHL)
4 106 Maxim Gratchev Left Wing  Russia Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
6 166 Blake Kessel Defenceman  United States Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
7 196 Simon Lacroix Defenceman  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

Roster[edit]

2007–08 New York Islanders roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also[edit]

References[edit]