Islanders website: Has the preview of tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers with Ted Nolan's comments that his team is looking forward, not back and have been playing better.
Bill Guerin, Miroslav Satan and Bruno Gervais did not practice. Gervais is questionable for tonight. Simon Gagne has a concussion.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Time to face the hard facts.
Isles need to be ten games over five hundred or hit ninety two points.
Isles have not won five in a row since December 1994.
Isles are not the team that had a strong plus/minus a year ago and were among the best at even strength.
Isles do not have team speed that other clubs have.
Isles are lowest scoring club in the league with a pp that also is tied for the league lead in goals against.
Isles do not have one thing you can point at to use as an edge going into games.
Isles should have gotten the game to overtime against Pittsburgh, should have won in Minnesota, it's been building but tonight it's time for a breakthrough win and an end to this streak. Flyers have lost three in a row.
Either this team starts winning now and get's back in the race or it's just not going to happen for them this season. They could win four of five and not jump over more than one or two teams.
A lot of clubs seem to break that losing streak against the Isles. Tonight the Isles have to be the better team and play desperate hockey.
It's time we see the character, grit and heart advertised.