1/15/08

1/15: Montreal at New York 7pm Versus

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/15/2008 11:07:00 AM
Not going to use the Espn scoreboard in the game thread any longer, Fox Sports scoreboard on the sidebar is more accruate on the game clock and does the entire league.

Islanders website/AP: Has preview of tonight's game against the Montreal Canadians which will appear only on Versus.

Islanders website: Has updates on Radek Martinek and Brendan Witt who will not play tonight. Apparently Ruslan Fedotenko is questionable so check for a possible call up which would likely be left wing Jeff Tambellini.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A little concerned about this one. Isles had problems getting home and did not arrive until late Monday, Montreal has been waiting since they lost to the Rangers on Saturday and struggled in that game. Last time Montreal skated well against the Isles and had the better of play by a lot, if many recall Isles had over forty shots but few quality chances overall.

Also life without Witt and Martinek is not going to be easy for this defense and goaltender for more than a game or two.

Teams after long road trips usually struggle in their first game back. We don't know how the Isles will react because this group has not had that kind of trip since before the lockout or early last season and it's a different group.

According to the Montreal Gazette Canadians will start Cristobal Huet and use the same lineup unless Patrice Brisebois cannot play.

Updated 12:15pm:
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's blog reports Aaron Johnson joined the Sound Tigers at practice on a conditioning loan. Jeff Tambellini remains in the NHL along with some notables including Justin Bourne called up by Bridgeport.

Updated 3pm:
Islanders website: Report Ruslan Fedotenko will play tonight against Montreal while Ted Nolan's comments on his injured players.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann had seperate blogs on the Islanders injury situtation, Jeff Tambellini and Mike Komisarek/Christopher Higgins.

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