HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!
Islanders website/AP: Has the early preview for tonight's game against Carolina Hurricanes.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Carolina is one of those teams with the speed and skill that can bury the Islanders quickly if they are not on their game, but they are also the kind of team that makes a lot of mistakes. The recent record does not lie and that is they are as good or bad as the Islanders at times.
If that does not do it highlights of that 8-3 loss should be plenty of motivation for Ted Nolan's team.
From the Islanders side it's not going to be easy without DiPietro, Martinek and now Mike Sillinger but last game the only forward to score was Sean Bergenheim against a goaltender. Bill Guerin and Mike Comrie have to produce for this club as they have recently, Ruslan Fedotenko has to give this club some offense and Vasicek needs a big game returning to Carolina.
Matt Cullen is not expected to play, Cam Ward after being pulled is expected back in goal for Peter Laviolette's team.
Dubie I suspect will give the Islanders more than a chance to win, will the Islanders defense give Dubie any chance is the bigger question? Bergeron returned, had his one steady game with a play that led to a goal, can he do it again?
I will have a recap on New Year's Day, will not be around for the game live tomorrow.
Sound Tigers section has a lot of feeders to update their game tonight.
WJC section has the live scoreboard to follow Team USA and Sweden's games on Monday as well as feeders to the Islanders website at the tournament.
See everyone in the new year.