Islander Notables/Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/18/2008 03:41:00 PM | |
Point Blank: Mr Botta reports center Mike Sillinger will go on a three game minor league conditioning assignment and make his debut for the Sound Tigers this Sunday which Michael Fornabaio confirmed here in his Ct Post blog.

Mr Botta did not know if any announcement would be made regarding Kyle Okposo's injury status.
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NYI Fan Central Comments:
A return of Mike Sillinger sets up a lot of questions.

Will Sillinger or Comrie be dealt because from where I sit it would be a mistake to move Frans Nielsen off that line with Hunter and the way Doug Weight is producing you leave him alone or Tim Jackman and Josh Bailey go to Bridgeport/Windsor?

Since the summer I have been writing something has to give, Blake Comeau was one surprise, another is going to have to happen.

Tomas Pock's suspension ends in three games along with Brendan Witt's likely return something else has to give on the backline. Skinner has done a very good job on the backline.

One thing that almost can be counted on with this group is injuries. If everyone is healthy Garth Snow has some decisions to make because not everyone can stay.
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If the Islanders want to talk about a demotion it should be for Yann Danis because to ask MacDonald to play the full schedule with what is coming up will be asking for a lot for someone who did not sit this long in Hamilton.

Six games in nine days are upcoming which include a day game in Boston a week from Friday.
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I'm just going to write this and let the chips fall where they may.

Without Joey MacDonald robbing players virtually every game starting with the home opener against the Blues no one is taking about Scott Gordon's system and instead are talking about a club that may not have more than two wins at best and a coach who could have lost his players.

Not counting the Buffalo game Joey MacDonald has been one of the best goaltenders in the NHL and to date has done the impossible in replacing Rick DiPietro.

DiPietro, Luongo, Brodeur at their best could not have given the Islanders much more than MacDonald has on a team with this many injuries, it's been that impressive.
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Almost as big as MacDonald's play is the blocked shots and increased scoring on what's been a roster decimated again by injuries along with Weight's numbers despite how many shots deflect off players from other teams for goals.

If only Tambellini, Okposo, Nielsen & Bergenheim break out with some goals.
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That version of Tim Jackman we saw against Vancouver is going to score some goals for this team, he created most of his own chances and was faster, will be interesting to see if this scorer in the AHL can bring that to this level.

Scott Gordon is giving him minutes with the results.






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