Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/19/2008 07:48:00 PM | | | | 3 Comments
Newsday: Greg Logan has an update in the Islanders Newsday blog on how Rick DiPietro played along with comments from the goaltender and head coach Scott Gordon as the beatwriter also looked back to his first start since last March.

Mr Logan also reported Mitch Fritz was returned to Bridgeport with a preview of his Monday article about the teams scoring struggles which will feature comments from Doug Weight and Mark Streit.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Very old and tired for me to keep writing this but if Mr Logan is going to make a point statistically speaking that DiPietro lost seven of his final eight games giving up at least three goals he also has to include that 1-0 game was the tail end of a six game winning streak.

He also has to tell the readers many of those games afterward he held the Islanders in almost single-handed starting with the very next game in New Jersey where he faced more than forty shots and had the game tied in the third before the Islanders defense made some fatal mistakes in front of him.

Often there are more than statistics that indicates what happened in a game. Many times a goalie can allow a lot of goals and play great which is a point Mr Logan never made regarding DiPietro's performance in the second half last year.

Of course Mr Logan is correct yesterday was encourging however not for the goals against but how he reacted as the game wore on.

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Bridgeport 5, Philadelphia 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/19/2008 06:05:00 PM | Comment Here Reports the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms at Harbor Yard Sunday afternoon 5-1 in a game they led 3-1 with only nine shots on goal entering the third period against J.S Aubin.

Sound Recaps Sunday's game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Sorry folks, Ct Post listed this as a 7 game, thought that meant 7pm?

Jesse Joensuu had a goal and an assist.
Sean Bentivoglio also had a goal and an assist.
Trevor Smith had a goal and an assist.
Brent Skinner again had a two assist game.
Andrew MacDonald had an assist with another taken away.
Blake Comeau's goal opened the third period scoring.
Kurtis McLean scored a PP goal in the third.

Peter Mannino started in goal for Bridgeport with thirty saves.

Monday coverage: Ct Post & Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News combined pages.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has several blogs on this game with the lines/notes.

Bridgeport sweeps the weekend 3-0.

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NYIFC has to do Neil Best job for him

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/19/2008 02:56:00 PM | | Comment Here
Newsday: Media reporter and life-long Ranger fan Neil Best continued to make his point in a blog entry the Islanders are not as popular as the other local teams.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It is getting old reading the rhetoric from Mr Best on this so let's do what NYIFC does for it's readers and that's write the truth with as much documentation as we can provide.

First of all Mr Best outright lied to the public.

Newsday, Greg Logan are no longer independent sources of news about the New York Islanders both are now the paid employees of another NHL team whether he wants to tell you that or not.

We all know the background and history of Cablevision's tactics regarding New York Islander Hockey which Richard Sandomir wrote about in the Times back in 1998 here which speak for themselves.

This is where hockey was in New York back in 2002 according to Mr Sandomir's ratings information in the NY Times here at a time Islander hockey was hidden on Metro proving how much damage Cablevision has done to this hockey market in the time it gained a monopoly.

As for Mr Best claims of the Islanders limited fan base what were all those Islander fans doing at Msg chanting " You can't beat us " the last few years here along with several teams fans having access to Msg for years here.

A little Islanders-Sound Tigers Mailing List Action:
The 3/6/2001 NY Post game article from Larry Brooks who goes out of his way now to run down the Isles as a team as he claims no one in New York follows read as follows:

" No, in this 75th anniversary season the Rangers had to go even a step
farther and turn the Garden into Nassau Coliseum Mainland, as the
substantial number of Islander fans, who invaded Manhattan last night,
filled the arena with chants of "Let's Go Islanders!" as their team
whipped the heroic home boys by 5-2".

There have been countless games at Msg before the lockout at after the Garden sounded like the Islanders were the home team when they scored, it was this way
when Pierre Turgeon scored his 50th goal in overtime back in 93 and even back to the eighties which the Ranger fans in the media could never accept.

Rob Davison played his first Islander game at Msg in March and was quoted in Newsday as saying:

"When we scored it seemed half the Garden was rooting for the Islanders."

What was it Howie Rose said on television during the final game at Meadowlands when the Islanders scored?

"Welcome to Long Island South " Seems there are still plenty of New York Islander fans all over the New York metro area.

Of course that's something Newsday or life-long Ranger fan Neil Best simply would never write about.

Lets cut through Mr Best spin on ratings and popularity because his act has gotten old about things he should know better than anyone because one of his jobs is supposed to be reporting ratings.

I guess we have to do it for him.

As of February 2007 Ranger hockey on Msg was being watched in 36,834 homes on average in New York here with playoff ratings thirty eight percent below NASCAR and golf in NYC also according to Mr Sandomir in the Times here.

And this is with some fans of all three teams watching all the games which no one ever reports.

Daily News : Bob Raissman in April 2007 called Msg for it's spin on local hockey ratings as well and tells the politics of the story better than everyone along with noting where hockey ratings in this town stood at the beginning of the 2008 playoffs here and how the Avery sideshow was all they had.

A few other outlets picked on the NASCAR-Hockey New York angle as well a little later which was reported by none other than you guessed it, Neil Best here.

Sports Business Daily here also reports the 2007 New York playoff numbers on Msg were a twelve percent increase from the Ranger-Devil playoff series in 2005-06 for their return to the playoffs.

Rangers final game of last year's playoff on television drew a rating in NYC 1/3 of Boston-Atlanta game seven in basketball. Mike Francesa on WFAN the next day completely dismissed the Rangers and hockey as a major market sport in New York.

Bottom Line New York under Cablevision controlled Msg has produced some of the worst
national ratings for final games/all star games among so-called big hockey markets most of the papers did not even send a reporter to these events here which even Newsday sports editor Hank Winnicki discussed in the Globe & Mail here even though he does not touch the fact Ranger hockey should not even be covered in his sports section.

Even the Nets have draw far more ink in NYC and better ratings than the Rangers for several years along with backpages hockey never received since the lockout ended.

We get it Mr Best, your new employer pays a lot of money to regulate perception, keep teams off television and control ratings because it's scared to death of any competition. They have done a great job doing all they can to limit the Islander exposure that already pulled it's television coverage a decade ago at a time John Spano's Islanders had a higher television rating than the 2003-04 Rangers.

During the 2002 playoffs an Islander playoff game on Fsn drew a local rating equal to 200,000 homes. Mr Best new boss immediately put the next game on Metro which even Chris Russo called him on the next time Mr Dolan went on WFAN as he sat on YES Network and refused to answer with a big smile on his face.

Mr Best can do a blog and regulate the story, but what he is claiming simply is not true.

As usual, it seems up to NYIFC to set things straight.

Excuse me while I go watch game four of the 1981 semi-finals now that Cablevision ran the local hockey market for everyone into the ground.

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Islander News Articles 10/19

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/18/2008 10:16:00 PM | | | | | | | | | | 2 Comments
Newsday: Greg Logan has the recap on Saturday's 2-0 loss with comments from head coach Scott Gordon on how the Islanders could not even consider letting their defenders pinch with Rick DiPietro talking about how he felt during the game and what's ahead for him.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Scott Gordon sounded a lot like Ted Nolan when he started talking about not scoring at five on five and that his players had no depth to their attack because he could not get his defense involved.

Newsday: Mr Logan's second article was on Scott Gordon changing his mind
about using a forward on his powerplay because of Doug Weight's vision and passing ability along with some repeats from his pre-game blog on Bergenheim and Mitch Fritz.

Palm Beach Post: Brian Biggane & Miami Herald: George Richards has the Panthers coverage including the beatwriter's blog here.

Los Angeles Times: Pete Thomas has a few words on the Islanders Mandarin broadcasters having trouble translating certain hockey words and phrases into the Chinese language.

Newsday: Media reporter Neil Best has an article with comments from Msg President Michael Bair trying to explain Cablevison-Msg double standards in hockey television coverage with comments from Islander president Chris Dey along with former VP of communications, Chris Botta.

Mr Best after a disclaimer he receives his paycheck from Cablevision did his Ranger dance claiming his favorite team is more popular than the Islanders but did point out Msg is not keeping it's promise of expanded coverage it made last season when it changed the name of it's Fsn station to MsgPlus.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I suppose if I owned Cablevision, kept two teams off television for months and spammed my product every single day I could come back to the public and tell everyone the team I own is more widely popular through my paid employees.

Of course it does not make it so, but it is a good way to control perception.

Rangers have been a media joke in terms of local television ratings for years and are virtually ignored in their own market come playoff time against major market clubs and that's with a lot of Islander and Devil fans watching.

Msg pays their hockey competition to limit exposure, control ratings and perception, in the process they damaged their own product.

No shock the latest President of Msg is defending a double-standard that intentionally drives down ratings so they can throw it back at the public as justification for limiting game coverage, Mr Bair made it sound like because Msg showed a team produced program (Isles-Illustrated) it was an excuse not to do a pregame.

In other words you can only have one or the other.

Mr Bair outright lied about beefing up Islander coverage on MSGNY, this team did not receive a single update from Moncton until the team returned to New York and that was from ITV with week old highlights after we all knew they would not even allow live Internet for games which Mr Best did not touch in his article.

Already we are starting to see the same double-standards in their newspaper with the signs and spin already there with the Rangers having no business getting a Newsday backpage much less equal coverage to the Islanders on any day.

I guess Lou Lamoriello did get more things from his renewed television contract than John Spano long ago.

In the end only thing Msg does is hurt hockey's exposure and their own product in the process.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps the Sound Tigers home opener with comments from Mike Iggulden, Yann Danis and head coach Jack Capuano along with what's new at Harbor Yard here and a preview of Sunday's game here against Philadelphia at 7pm.

Troy Record: Has Albany coverage.

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Florida 2, New York 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/18/2008 09:26:00 PM | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Has the recap of the Islanders 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This is a game you look back at in March and know it's a spot where you left points on the table.

Islanders played a fragile team that gave up six goals in it's last game with Thomas
Vokoun pulled against Minnesota, tonight he had a very quiet thirty one saves for his shutout aside from a Comrie breakaway with virtually no second shots.

No idea what Guerin was thinking in the second period on that one play he had the puck dead center from about ten feet out, one goal could have gotten Florida and Vokoun off their game.

Not that the Islanders were terrible but all night they were a play or a pass short and on several occasions passed on some high quality shots. Tambellini again looked good and a lot of good board work got the club the puck in spots you should make a play from.

Individually I saw some very good play to create chances, Okposo made an outstanding play undressing a Panther defender for a chance with his speed. Bergenheim threw a few hits and got off that line with Thompson and Hilbert that had little chemistry in the third.

Isles first powerplay seemed to be their best one but they never really forced the Panthers out of position. Streit had a lot of shots but missed most of them.

Scott Gordon shook up his powerplay giving most of the players a look.

Have to give the Panthers their due, their defense blocked a lot of shots and they were the better skating club from start to finish who forced the Islanders into some penalties who did more to earn the points tonight.

On the Islanders defensive side if not for some very good defensive play combined with a few great saves from DiPietro, this easily could have been a five or six goal game. Witt, Gervais had a few great player to break up chances, Streit again looked solid, Meyer had one mistake but again was solid. Not seeing Pock or Hillen hurt the club on defense as the group got in the lanes well.

I saw no rust from DiPietro who made a few great deflection saves along with robbing Dvorak and Zednik, he did not start well but from there did everything you can to hold the club in a game.

Eventually you keep taking penalties the other club will make a play which happened in the second period.

Nothing that can be done but other teams are piling up the points, Isles have to keep pace.

I know Scott Gordon needs Richard Park and Andy Hilbert defense and speed with his young players but having them with the teams best scorers when your club is behind is likely not going to produce a play that leads to a goal with any consistency.

Islanders get a little break which buys everyone more time to get healthy and have a little more training camp far healthier than they were in Moncton. Reports Bridgeport won it's home opener 3-1 on Saturday against Albany with Mike Iggulden delivering a hat-trick, Skinner had two assist, Yann Danis had twenty one saves in the win.

Blake Comeau had six shots on goal.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the line combinations in his blog.

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New York at Florida 7pm Msg+2

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/18/2008 03:41:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Previews Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers.

Branislav Mezei is currently playing in the KHL, Isles need to fix that on it's pregame.

Newsday: Greg Logan's blog update points to the Tampa game as being a start for Frans Nielsen and Jeff Tambellini as Nielsen felt continuing to get a chance even after a mistake is important while Trent Hunter talks about what he tries to do to help the presure on his young linemates along with how their speed and skill help his game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Excellent update by Mr Logan here and more of what our fans should be reading more about.

Tambellini for what it was worth was getting his best chances as a left wing rushing down the right side.

For those who play hockey if you are a left handed shot on the right wing you have more net to shoot at when the puck is on the forehand, Tambellini just took off from his own end and let his shot go at the face off dot.

I think to date Nielsen has been the best of the young players.

Newsday: Mr Logan's second Newsday blog update reports Mitch Fritz will be a healthy scratch again as head coach Scott Gordon would not name a starting goaltender where Rick DiPietro said it was a gametime decision.

The head coach also had a few words on Sean Bergenheim's turnovers, Kyle Okposo had a few comments after Scott Gordon spoke with him along with the Islander head coach
also talking about Jeff Tambellini's play.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A lot of strange games in Florida over several seasons for the Islanders, the Panthers swept last year's season series but we have seen games the Panthers just run right over the Isles when they travel there or just shut them down.

Another game to survive with Radek Martinek which is almost as big a hit as DiPietro and cannot be written enough.

Palm Beach Post: George Richards reports Tomas Vokoun will be in goal for the Panthers.

Bryan McCabe is still out, Florida has done a remake of it's defense and has some good young options in David Booth among several players.

On the Islanders side they need to settle the situation with Bergenheim because he looks out of sync with the players he is paired with. He seems a good fit with Okposo and Comrie in the middle.

Of course when teams win coaches keep the same lineup.

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Ted Nolan Interview

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/18/2008 01:16:00 PM | Comment Here
Sault Star: Ben Leeson has an update on what former Islander head coach Ted Nolan is up to these days with his comments along with his son Jordan who plays for the Soo Greyhounds as Nolan also talked about his coaching future.

"In any successful organization, obviously, it helps if you can work with the right people," he said. "But unfortunately, you can't be too picky.

"There are many organizations I'd be thrilled and honoured to work for."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Of course I wish Ted Nolan the best of luck, takes two and sometimes more to make a problem. Everyone shares in the blame for what happened as far as NYIFC is concerned.

Draw your own conclusions as to his comments because sometimes there is no right way to say something.

Of course maybe Ted Nolan wanted to get out his message he did not feel he was working with the right people here nor was he thrilled or honored to work for the Islanders any longer.

All I know is he was on a stage in April with a general manager where both of them lied to our fans about their working relationship.

They both share the blame equally for that.

Seemed the only thing they did work together on.

Scott Gordon for those scoring at home today spoke about an Islander policy being something he has never seen before, not exactly what partners who work together as coach and general manager do.

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Islander News Articles 10/18

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/17/2008 09:14:00 PM | | | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan's latest article can only play the speculation game as to when head coach Scott Gordon starts Rick DiPietro with the coaches comments on his possible timetable for a start, the goaltenders comments praising Joey MacDonald and his teammates along with what he is doing to get ready.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No idea, not worth speculating. I would give DiPietro another five full days of full practices/rest instead of a start here against a club MacDonald is just as capable of beating. DiPietro did play and lose vs Florida in his only appearance to date in 08-09.

Craig Anderson came in and relieved Vokoun in a 6-2 loss at home in Florida's previous game. New York and Panthers split the preseason series with the Isles winning in Summerside.

Sound Recaps the Sound Tigers 4-3 shootout win against the WBS Pens Friday night.

Bridgeport lost a 3-1 lead in this game. (radio link through did work for free for those wondering)

Jesse Joensuu, Tomas Marcinko and Tim Jackman scored for Bridgeport. Blake Comeau had an assist and a fight (several players involved) here.

Yann Danis was in goal for the Sound Tigers and had twenty one saves, he was perfect after allowing a goal in the first shootout attempt.

Still five round shootout in AHL.

Trevor Smith-no goal, Mike Iggulden, no goal, Kurtis McLean (former WBS Pen) goal, not sure, no goal, Rob Hennigar, no goal, Kurtis McLean goal.

First five shooters can go a second time in AHL shootout if tied after five attempts
e which is all Bridgeport needed with McLean scoring two goals on two attempts against his former club.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabauio recaps the Sound Tigers shootout win with comments from Kurtis McLean, Jesse Joensuu, Tomas Marcinko. .

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio previews Bridgeport's home opener against Albany on Saturday night.

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RECORDS THROUGH THURSDAY -- Albany 0-1-0-0; Bridgeport 1-1-0-1

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio's blog recap includes Blake Comeau's comments on his fight.

Times Leader & Citizens Voice has WBS Pens coverage of their shootout loss.

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Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/17/2008 01:05:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
College Hockey On-line: Candace Horgan has an indepth article on Islanders 2006 draft
pick Rhett Rakhshani, who was named assistant captain for the 2008-2009 season along with comments from Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky and his teammates.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Rakhshani has flown under the radar a bit because he was not in summer propsect camp but the writer does an excellent job here with Rakhshani telling us where the Islanders come into play along with a lot of in depth information on his journey to college hockey and being drafted by an NHL team.

Daily News: Ellott Olshansky also had a full two part feature Friday afternoon on Rakhshani with comments from Islander assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski along with mentioning prospect Blake Kessel, a defenseman at New Hampshire was also given Hockey East player of the week consideration.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The New York Daily News that does not cover our games or provide a blog on the club put up a two part feature on a New York Islander prospect in the middle of a Friday afternoon? This received more space than anything the News has reported on in years regarding the club.

I'm speechless and have no idea what to make of this even if reposted from another publication which I believe it was.

Utah Grizzlies: Announced Ryan Kinasewich has been named Utah captain with comments from head coach, Kevin Colley.

Daily Gleaner: Bill Hunt notes Rob Hennigar, the offensive leader in CIS hockey last season, has not registered even a shot on goal in his first three American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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Media Double-Standards: Black Hawks vs Isles

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/17/2008 10:51:00 AM | | | | | 2 Comments
No surprise here the usual Espn suspects in Scott Burnside and Teri Frei who rip the New York Islanders at virtually every opportunity decided for the most part to give the Chicago Black Hawks a pass for firing a respected coach after only four games as demonstrated by their articles here & here.

Espn: Pierre LeBrun unfortunately even helped the Espn party-line selling the Hawks message Savard was not experienced enough against the coaches in his own division as Scott Bowman added his quotes to control the spin.

Espn: Former Tampa general manager Jay Feaster even came on board to talk of why teams sometimes make these kind of decisions in season and cited his own experience.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Funny this is the same Espn outlet that kept putting up those articles hyping up the Hawks all summer despite this franchise on almost every level being worse than the Islanders since 2002.

Unlike the death grip Cablevision pays for to keep any Islander coverage on television restricted because of any fear of competition, Hawk ownership kept their own team off the airwaves.

Of course everyone's favorite Newsday beatwriter who worked the hardest to make sure Ted Nolan's contract was center stage for the public to talk about to a point the Islanders did not even get gameday coverage at the time yesterday basically felt the move was unfair with his Islander-related comments about the United Center not being a bad place to work for Joel Quenneville with more from the summer speculation the former Avs coach did not seem too interested in the Islander coaching position recently here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
With friends like Mr Logan the New York Islanders in the media need no enemies.

I guess Mr Logan forgot to note the Islanders have had more season ticket holders
at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for several seasons than the folks who went to the United Center or whatever the Hawks call home these days.

Mr Logan also forgot in his rush to inform the public the Islanders are behind the Hawks (in his opinion) in terms of a youth movement that this is the same Joel Quenneville who was also not interested in the Messier/Sather Ranger coaching job
and their rebuilding back in 2004 when the Colorado Avlanche came calling here despite some problems with exhaustion at the time.

Mr Logan also forgot to write Joel Quenneville has been a Western Conference coach his entire career.

I guess that simply would not stir up Islander fans so why bother?

Bottom line:
If Garth Snow fired Ted Nolan four games into this season who had the same contract situation as Denis Savard entering this season off the way the Chicago finished 2007-2008 while hiring a high-profile coach as a scout a month ago there is no chance Islander management would have received anything but the same laughingstock tag these reporters roll out at every opportunity as they make their sentimental journey back to the nineties once again.

Of course the New York Islanders do not have an Espn-Zone in Chicago and a vested interest in keeping the glass half-filled here because it's good for business.

Always about business, ties, friendships, bonds and very little about holding every franchise to the same standard. As usual the Islander beatwriter only tells one side to the story and omits Mr Quenneville also passed on coaching the club he used to cover for Newsday.

Nice job by the Post today. A postage stamp AP article on the Islanders win in Tampa Bay, a full article by Mark Everson who was allowed to travel all the way to Atlanta?

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Islander News Articles 10/17

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/16/2008 10:57:00 PM | | | | | | | | Comment Here

Newsday: Greg Logan's early recap (without lockeroom quotes) notes the Islanders averted a disaster coming out of this one with an overtime win and correctly point out Comrie had an open net for a possible second goal in the first period in his game recap.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Updated article has Scott Gordon praise for Joey MacDonald bouncing back very well after he talked about the turnovers that hurt the club but credited his team for hanging in. Frans Nielsen talked about the play that led to the game winning goal while Trent Hunter talked about the goals he scored and the work that led to them.

Newsday: Greg Logan's second article also goes back to Sabre game and was on the penalties the club took against Buffalo with head coach Scott Gordon's comments that the club has to skate and must get away from hooking and holding as a substitute. Mark Streit comments on his expanded role as a defender playing shorthanded that Scott Gordon has had him on the ice for twenty five minutes on avg, as he feels he can do better and is very happy about it.

Sean Bergenheim comments on what he thought was his first career NHL fight against Buffalo and that you have to stand up for your teammates.

St Pete Times & Tampa Tribune along with Erik Erlendsson's outstanding blog coverage by period here recap the from Bolts media viewpoint.

Star-Tribune: Roman Augustoviz has a preview of the Gophers
freshman players which include comments from Islanders second round selection from last summers draft, Aaron Ness along with coach Don Lucia.

Karen Paurus has as an audio interview of all the freshman players with Aaron Ness
interview here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Gophers are the same team Kyle Okposo was playing for a year ago at this time for those curious. A bit surreal he is playing in the NHL now when you compare how far he was come so quickly.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio interviews former WBS Pens forward Kurtis McLean as he makes his return in an opposing uniform Friday with head coach Jack Capuano's comments on McLean does that makes it easy to suggest to the Islanders who should get the call when a player is needed. Ct Post also previews the game on Friday here.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
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WHERE -- Wachovia Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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New York 4, Tampa Bay 3 OT

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/16/2008 10:16:00 PM | 2 Comments

Sorry folks, live blog did not work well tonight and I had too many phone calls combined with having to step out a few times.

Islanders website: Has the recap of tonight's 4-3 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I know it's only four games in with some injuries but this was not what was advertised.

Yes, I know they won and was happy with a point going in.

I saw the Ted Nolan Islanders that were not skilled enough, not fast enough outside of a few good shifts from Okposo relying on Park and Hilbert far too much along with Nate Thompspon.

Okposo had one shift with a few shots like looked very good in the first.

I saw the usual lazy/tentative play from Tambellini on the perimeter when he took the penalty Comrie got called for and had a few outside shots but he did have a big play for the Islanders third goal so maybe, maybe it's something/anything.

He did take the shot on his off-wing and looked comfortable with more net to shoot at from the faceoff dot and used his speed.

Comrie had a few good back checks and again found the slot for the opening goal.

Blake Comeau at his worst did far better last season than some of these forwards, I'm not buying his demotion for this and every time I see Park or Hilbert with Okposo I just do not see it working long-term.

I feel like Bergenheim is wasting his shifts used with Thompson.

I also saw a powerplay that again could not get out of it's own way and was far too slow.

Weight taking a shot wide that hits a Tampa player and going in to me is not a good setup. For all the momentum it created Isles went on a five on three and could have put down the hammer and had no clue aside from outside shots and slow puck movement against an opponent as fragile as the Islanders.

Hunter and a few players did some nice work to draw powerplays.

Guerin was outworked and outnumbered in the offensive zone with a powerplay.

Still too many undisciplined penalties against a team that was terrible and waiting to lose for over forty minutes.

First goal was a very nice play from Gervais to Okposo for a Comrie rebound but for about a period and a half Kolzig could have sat down for all the tough chances he saw as the Islanders offense went to sleep as usual when they are shorthanded.

Defensively I saw some very good things without Martinek.

Meyer, Gervais both outstanding, Witt looked funny chasing Stamkos and helpless chasing LeCavalier, thought it was off-sides.

Isles had their best powerplay after that with some movement, then Prospal took a lazy penalty and again Isles could not finish and one for nine is nine or whatever it was is not going to do the job.

Hillen and Pock no huge mistakes, hard to blame Sreit for the bounce off the boards on Prospal's goal.

Isles did a nice job back checking/blocking passing lanes against a team for two periods that could not get out of it's own way and were satisfied with the same old cross-ice one timer but they had speed and the skill and eventually someone like LeCavalier was going to make a play with Prospal on his line.

MacDonald kept things settled for two periods, he did a solid enough job and made a few very good saves.

Love Nielsen's composure in overtime to settle the puck and find Hunter, every game he is making a few very good quality plays on offense. Hunter has to keep finding the net.

One struggling team beat another tonight, put this in the we'll take it category but it's not going to be enough to beat most teams.

2-2 another four goal game for the lowest scoring team in the NHL last season.

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New York at Tampa Bay Msg+ 7:30pm

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/16/2008 02:53:00 PM | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan has an update from Scott Gordon on the status of his goaltenders with comments from Rick DiPietro. Mitch Fritz will not be in tonight's lineup.

Islanders website: Has the preview for tonight's game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No clue at all what Scott Gordon does with his goaltending, this was the stop for DiPietro's toughest outing last season, he did not do well in Florida with a team that has had the Isles number last year and beat them pretty good in the second game.

Paul Ranger returns for Tampa Bay, the Melrose era Lightning seem to have trimmed what appeared to be about fifty players for a while, a lot of new faces.

Islanders have to learn to play better defense without Radek Martinek and create some changes of their own against a goaltender and defense that should play into Scott Gordon's overspeed system. Mark Streit and whoever his partner have to have better chemistry.

Bottom line, I want to see a sixty minute effort and a club that can pick up at least a point here. Joey MacDonald if he gets the call will do what he did in Bridgeport and that's keep the team in the game most nights, Buffalo was more the exception.

Two fragile clubs here needing something to build off of, if Olaf Kolzig starts Guerin should be ready after his hat-trick last season against him.

Problem for the Isles is Martinek's speed and skill to move the puck away from Lecavalier, St Louis and now Stamkos is missing from that defense.

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Islander/NHL/NYIFC notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/16/2008 01:51:00 PM | | | | 2 Comments
So our first very brief vacation comes to an end which turned into NYIFC out of nowhere not having much vacation at all.

A little message board dialogue of all things instead of relaxing, but the person I responded to was very classy and a pleasure.

Next up of course I did not put down the keyboard, instead after that I sent my own e-mail to Times Sports Editor Tom Jolly to see what can be done for the paper to improve Islander coverage with a few questions and suggestions of my own.

If Mr Jolly responds I will post that for everyone.

Amazing where the Internet can led on a given day.

I plan on getting a little more practice at this vacation thing starting Sunday and unlike these Bill Curtis commercials will not be bringing the internet along.

Time to get back to hockey.

I guess for one day the world did not stop not on Mitch Fritz being recalled or Rick DiPietro completing a practice as it seems the club made it to Tampa Bay.

A little mini-update on the the articles:
Newsday: Mark Herrmann had comments from Rick DiPietro and head coach Scott Gordon on the playing status of his goaltender with the club traveling to Tampa Bay.

Sportsnet: Patrick King had a few words from Tigres general manager Jérôme Mésonéro praising the play of Islander goaltending prospect Kevin Poulin in an article on the CHL.

Denver Hockey Examiner: Tim Rawal had a few words on current Islander prospect Rhett Rakhshani at Denver and former DU product Peter Mannino who now plays for the Bridgeport.

Of course the biggest news so far to date is the Chicago Blackhawks firing head coach Denis Savard here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
So let me get this straight, the Hawks who have been terrible for going on a decade plus do this after four games and the same outlets who roast the Isles for virtually anything despite their playoff appearances go easy on GM Dale Tallon?

Of course the man who wanted a vacation of his own in Joel Quenneville who did not seem interested in the Islanders coaching position who just took a job as a scout last month for the same team is their new head coach?

If Charles Wang or Garth Snow did this the media would never let them hear the end of it.

So where is Mr Burnside, Mr Proteau, Ken Campbell and our friends from SI?

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has an interview with Blake Comeau on his demotion to Bridgeport and what happens next along with comments from head coach Jack Capuano.

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Islander News Articles 10/15

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/15/2008 12:16:00 AM | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan has Brendan Witt's comments after his very serious fall backwards head-first against Buffalo on Monday who also spoke about the loss and how his club played.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had comments from Jesse Joensuu as the beatwriter wrote about the line changes at practice and repeats most of the quotes from what was reported in Newsday about Blake Comeau as he heads to the AHL.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No reports about a recall at this time on defense or goaltender.

Canadian Press/ Report Islander prospect Justin DiBenedetto has been named OHL player of the week.

NYI Fan Central Note:
Both sidebar feed sections have been expanded to it's maximum capacity of showing the latest twenty updates from the media on the left side and the Islanders blog box members on the right. All the feeds for the new blogs have been added with the exception of Islesnation because I'm not sure who's specific blog was added from their site. I did update Tony Stabile's feed already on the sidebar to bring it current.

I also deleted the individual links on the sidebar for everyone who was added to the blog box today because we now have your latest post that also is a link to your site.

My congratulations to all the new members and best of luck to everyone.

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Final Words on Islanders media injury policy

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/14/2008 06:41:00 PM | 2 Comments
One final blog which will be my last word on the Islander/NHL new policy on reporting injuries.

I'm going to go all out to exclude it from NYI Fan Central Comments at this point.

I know it's not popular to point this out but someone does have to write this and hopefully some of you consider my viewpoint.

The New York Islanders do not trust the media covering this team to do a fair and honest job for them so they are protecting themselves by telling the media less.

Can you honestly blame them?

Forgetting another NHL team now owns the paper that will not even give our team television coverage, a pregame show or even internet live preseason games this is something that goes back a long time with Mr Botta in April 2006 ripping Newsday reporting during Alan Hahn's tenure.

There are a history here of problems.

Remember our 25th anniversary of the first cup on 5/24/05?

Newsday gave it nothing and only after the fans ripped the paper was some token coverage presented the following Sunday with a few words from Mr Hahn's poorly edited book.

We all know where Newsday stood when DiPietro made the all-star team or Al Arbour night came along with the core of the four, all we got was silence or a negative article questioning the motivation behind the event first and foremost.

These are the same folks who are upset the Islanders will not give them specific injury information?

We have a beatwriter who clearly never understood the urgency a team with only blog in a newspaper needed far more coverage, he could not even compete with his counterpart or be bothered. All you got were excuses that longer blogs made up for less blogs.

If you owned this team would you consider that fair and want to go out of your way to tell these folks more if you did not have to by league rules?

On top of that we have a bunch of sidebar reporters who go over the top negative at almost every opportunity starting with Mark Herrmann. Many of these folks pop up once a year from guest amateurs, Wallace Matthews, Johnette Howard who out nowhere rip on every aspect of this franchise with some of the information an outright lie as Ms Howard recently demonstrated.

Beyond that you have Mr Rieber and Mr Baumbach always ready to insult the club for virtually anything which Mr Botta told you to ignore recently?

Maybe the New York Islanders decided to stop ignoring it and simply tell these folks less.

If someone treated you this way how willing would you be to speak with them much less tell them more than you have to?

I would tell them only what is required by NHL policy.

I did not read the Newsday staff abuse the garden in print several times a day
for their media policies here that went a million light years beyond anything the Islanders could think of doing by simply not disclosing injuries.

When Charles Wang or Chris Dey hire security to start clearing interviews and questions we can revisit that one.

I understand our fans frustration because we are caught up in the middle and with the media having space/blogs to rip the club combined with your lack of information and the teams record does push you to their side automatically.

Having written that there are two sides to every story, I'm telling the other side.

The list of negative coverage simply to incite reaction along with outright incorrect headlines (that were quietly retracted) has done more than it's share of damage as it spread to other publications in North America and hurt this teams perception in every corner.

Islanders at best have been mediocre for several years, but they do not deserve what's been written to this degree, not even close.

Meanwhile the same media people killing this team in print will be just as quick to point out the fans staying away.

I know in this news media/internet climate a lot of folks are all about what the Islanders can do for them, never the other way around. It's about connections, access, friendships, scoops and a lot of what can everyone do for me next?

I have experienced some of this since I started NYIFC and prior, you discover who your real friends are and who is simply using you because they always want more.

NYIFC takes the toughest road, it's not popular but it is the right thing to do which is why this blog is here and what I promised on day one.

I cannot speak for the Islanders on this policy, I can only give you my speculation as an outsider and I have.

Someone had to.

Thanks for reading.

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Live Chat and Game Blog Thursday 6:45pm

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/14/2008 04:37:00 PM | Comment Here
Thursday seems like a good time for a little pregame chat at 6:45pm followed by a live game blog here at NYIFC at 7:30pm. You will not have to worry about a
pre-game show from Msg+ at 7pm because they do not have one scheduled.

As always everyone is welcome to join in.
This weeks poll is winding down with where you felt the club would finish this season and it's not looking good for my sixth place prediction with Blake Comeau in Bridgeport and Radek Martinek out a reported four-six weeks.

In fact it looks terrible. I can only hope as I wrote in my preview this team will be at it's worst early and it's best late.

Here are the poll results as we head into the final hours:
One through Four 1 (1%)
Fifth to Sixth 5 (7%)
Seventh 6 (9%)
Eighth and the final playoff spot 9 (14%)
Ninth 3 (4%)
Tenth-Eleventh-Twelve 11 (17%)
Thirteen-Fourteen 5 (7%)
Welcome to the Basement 23 (36%)

Islanders website: Has it's first prospect watch of the new season which will be added to New York Islander Fan Central Prospect Blog sidebar for reference, Kirill Petrov with his injury was mentioned despite Robin Figren being injured.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had what is now the outdated lines from Tuesday's practice among other items.

On the blog front our new domain is now official for those bookmarking:

On the NYIFC front unless a major story breaks Wednesday (DiPietro whether he practices or not/Danis recalled/Skinner recalled/would not qualify) I'm going to take a full day off from all coverage with the feeders providing all newspaper/media updates.

That new feature recently added provides a real time page view of every major media site covering the Islanders starting with NYIFC which is not among the major media but added as a starting point.

I think those who have discovered this feature will really enjoy how it works for everyone.

Year long hockey blogs like this have to pick spots for a break or two. I'm planning another one after the Saturday game even if that means we miss a Sound Tiger game/article or two. (that's why we have feeders and a Sound Tigers section)

Islanders website: Also announced all it's new blog box members, my congratulations to everyone and best of luck as I will hook in feeds to our blog box feature here at NYIFC so you have the latest from everybody with my friends from Islesnation making the cut along with a few excellent blogs I recognize.

Thanks again to everyone for the overwhemling response as we close in on 70,000
visitors here.

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Tuesday Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/14/2008 12:32:00 PM | | | | 3 Comments
Newsday: Greg Logan reports Blake Comeau has been demoted to Bridgeport while Rick DiPietro did not partipate in Tuesday's practice, Scott Gordon was also not at practice for what Mr Logan reports are "personal reasons" according to Islander officials.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No point to Comeau being here if he is not playing. I disagree with the decision for the same reasons Jeff Tambellini is here but have not seen Comeau play beyond camp video and obviously this coach does not seem him as a player who can help his lineup.

We are going to have to see how it plays out with Rick DiPietro. If he travels to Florida and no one is recalled he will be expected to play, if not, time to recall a goaltender from Bridgeport.

My Point Blank: Mr Botta reports from practice the club announced Radek Martinek is out four-six weeks, Brendan Witt was on the ice Tuesday while Rick DiPietro will be on the ice Wednesday at IceWorks.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The loss of Martinek is a deal-breaker for any preseason predictions of playoffs and devastating to this club's defense.

I guess someone will be called up to replace Blake Comeau.

Islanders website: Has more on the announcement of a third jersey which will be officially unveiled on October 27 with comments from Terry Goldstein, the Islanders Director of Retail Operations.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
According to this article for the first time since 1996, the Islanders will skate in a game wearing a completely new uniform—including a new jersey, pants, helmet, gloves, and socks so it does not sound like the retro-jersey's they wore against Buffalo two seasons ago that were a re-release of the 1972 version.

Who knows? Far bigger issues for this team right now.

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Scott Gordon pulling goaltenders & Mr Botta

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/14/2008 08:48:00 AM | | | 6 Comments
Scott Gordon can say whatever he wants and if he felt Joey MacDonald should not have been pulled for his club's struggles yesterday I have no problem with that, after the second goal the team did hang MacDonald out to dry.

Having written that when he says he believes in the goaltenders finishing what they start all anyone has to go is trace back his actions last season to how he handled Tuukka Rask on the Providence Bruins here on a winning club that reflects he does not play his goaltenders as he claimed yesterday.

I cannot tell much regarding an injury (Rask had a groin injury for a short time in April) in a particular contest or if the 4/13 game was somewhat of a post-season tuneup in a league where roster turnover is very high.

What I can tell you is Scott Gordon on some occasions (including his final AHL game) did not let his number one goaltender finish what he started on a club with seemingly very little adversity which will not be the case on the 2008-09 New York Islanders, I cannot speculate whether it was about momentum or not.

These were the games Scott Gordon pulled Tukka Rask in:

Worcester-Providence January 11th 2008 here.

Hartford-Providence February 8th 2008 here.

Springfield-Providence January 25th 2008 here.

Portland-Providence March 29th 2008 here.

Final game regular season:
Lowell-Providence April 13th 2008 here.

Playoffs down 3-0 in series:
Portland-Providence May 9th 2008 here.

All this says to me is how much management does not trust the club's media covering them which I understand completely but now the media has a fair reason not to trust Scott Gordon.

Welcome to the NHL, Scott Gordon.
On the other side of the media coin Mr Botta can write what he wants and call out the club for refusing to name a starting goalie right before the game to it's broadcast rightsholder.

Having written that he was the first to point out that same rightsholder is not electing to provide our team with a pregame show. All three local clubs had a telecast on Monday, only the Islanders did not have a pregame show that was a home game in the middle of a weekday afternoon.

Our fans watching the telecast did not know the lineup until after the game started.

On Saturday the club had to put up a link to ITV for live postgame coverage because that same rightsholder wanted to show their Msg-centric program that did not include live Islander postgame.

Mr Botta will also be one of the first to point out that same rightsholder did not provide our fans a single preseason game on televison or even allow a live webcast.

To date we do not even know if the rightsholder replaed Mike Santini who was supposed to be the club's new produer but left the rightsholder for another job with baseball.

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Islander News Articles 10/14

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/13/2008 09:02:00 PM | | | | | | 2 Comments
Newsday: Greg Logan went all out to make DiPietro not playing in relief of Joey MacDonald the story of the day while Scott Gordon explained his philosophy on pulling goaltenders while the beatwriter accused the coach of only answering questions he wanted to. Joey MacDonald gave his comments with the beatwriter again cornering him on the subject of DiPietro's availability.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann barely stopped short of writing DiPietro was injured and could not play but dressed anyway while Nate Thompson defended his goaltender. Joey MacDonald also talked about the game along with more from Bill Guerin.

Newsday: Greg Logan has comments from Nate Thompson about the fights and Bill Guerin on the penalties.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's over the top Newsday is attempting to play doctor and second guess the coach to this degree. MacDonald had a shaky couple of costly goals, others were just breakdowns no goalie could stop with open nets. Islanders had Campoli, Martinek, Sillinger from the playoff with Buffalo injured today but as usual Mr Herrmann needed to kick a little extra dirt on them and stir the pot asking what's changed since the playoff series with Buffalo?

It's three games and they could have won two, tone it down Mr Herrmann. One thing that has not changed is how vindictive Newsday is running down this club every chance the get and targeting DiPietro.

If Gordon wanted DiPietro to sit out regardless, Danis would have been recalled.

Sure seems many Newsday staff writers have some major issues with Rick DiPietro for just about anything and are not going to make it easy for the club with the injury policy but who can blame the team given how poor they have been treated by the local media for so long?

Daily News: Peter Botte was permitted by Daily News Sports editor Leon Carter to make his first appearance at Nassau Coliseum since last season and jumped right on the DiPietro bandwagon wondering why the goaltender was was not used in the third period with Scott Gordon's comments who felt his club did not play a very good game with Mr Botte writing that his answer was to deflect from discussing his goaltender.

NY Post: Dan Martin's coverage included Bill Guerin's comments about how much work this team has to do along with Scott Gordon.

Newsday: Jim Baumbach had a few words about DiPietro as he had selective amnesia about what goalie won the season series between Lundqvist-Brodeur and Rick DiPietro a year ago along with what goalie faced the least shots per game in the Eastern Conference and for three months still could not get his save percentage above nine in Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist is seeing even less shots than he did a year ago to date so credit his early play but any goaltender should win with less shots and a trap, an argument the media uses often against Martin Brodeur which seems a double-standard by Mr Baumbach.

Buffalo News: Mike Harrington has the Sabre coverage.

Updated Tuesday Morning:
Newsday: Mr Logan blogs Tuesday morning with captain Bill Guerin's comments who did not excuse fatigue for his teams play and pointed to his time under former Devils coach Jacques LeMaire's system taking a long time for the club to learn. Mr Logan then gave early impressions of the lines and young players while forgetting Nielsen's first period chance where he got to the perfect spot and was robbed shorthanded on a great feed from Hunter.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Curiously Mr Logan felt despite Guerin's comments on the future things look grim for a team right now that is only 1-2 that has yet to play close to it's full lineup that easily could have been 2-1 if not for interference against MacDonald.

Newsday: Anthony Rieber in the latest Newsday disgrace claims the Islanders since trading for Ryan Smyth have been timid and cheap in the decision making process despite what the Islanders paid Mark Streit or Mr Logan's claims of the offers Drury or Scott Gomez being virtually the same (not front-loaded) as the Ranger contracts were.

Sarina Observer: Dave Borody has comments from Islander prospect Justin DiBenedetto along with Sarnia head coach Dave MacQueen on his five goal, seven point game on Sunday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a blog update with his early Sound Tiger impressions along with the lineup among other items.

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Buffalo 7, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/13/2008 04:03:00 PM | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Recaps the Islanders loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon.

Cannot do anything about today at the Coliseum but here is Sault Star on Islander prospect Justin DiBenedetto's comments after his five goal, seven point game Suday, which Peter Ruicci reports about.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That was just brutal in every sense of the word, the loss of Martinek was painfully visible.

The Islanders were just that poor in every area, when the time came to send a physical message they also looked overmatched with Bergenheim going out of his way to stick up for his teammate.

I would love to credit the Sabres for putting on a show of skill and speed that just blew the Islanders off the ice on this day but this was just an Islander team that could not get out of it's own way against as easy an opposing goaltender you can hope to face who was hardly tested.

A nice shorthanded feed from Hunter to Nielsen in the first, a very good shift to open the second from Guerin-Weight-Sim but for two periods that was it until Hunter scored.

Discipline? Mike Comrie has to knock off the Jason Wiemer imitation every time he takes a hit he does not like, even if the ref blows the call. All it does it put the club shorthanded and he was very lazy to take another penalty in the neutral zone.

Okposo looked as out of sync as anyone while Richard Park looks like a fourth line player who should not be on a line with Comrie or Okposo.

MacDonald was terrible and that's being kind, he did not have his angles, that shot that hit him early and dropped behind him reflected a goalie struggling.

The Islanders forced Lalime to do virtually nothing for two periods, Tambellini looked like a deer in the headlights most of the game again not getting involved and taking an offensive zone penalty, can Comeau look any worse?

Streit looked a lot like Marc-Andre Bergeron and others last year on at least two instances with the man advantage. That brief five on three in the third he was just throwing pucks at the net. That's too much asking Jack Hillen to play an off wing on defense with Brendan Witt.

Again, easy to write it's a bad day and that they are developing but Buffalo did not have to be very good at all today.

On this day the Islanders played down to the worst of their expectations, will be interesting to see how Scott Gordon reacts because no goalie change fixes how poor this team looked today in virtually every area.

Buffalo on this day barely had to break a sweat, Lalime could have sat in his crease and still would have won handily.
Goes without writing it the worst news of the year for our league is the death of Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov who died during a game in his native Russia on Monday at the age of nineteen here.

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New York vs Buffalo Msg+2pm

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/13/2008 12:30:00 PM | Comment Here
Islanders website: Has the preview for today's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Former Islander Tim Connolly is out with an injury for this game with the Sabres coming in off a 2-1 shootout win against Montreal here.

Since the lockout ended this second home game has not exactly been friendly to the Islanders. Usually the club seems to come out flat after the opener and a little mini-test to see if things are a little different under a new coach. Of course Islanders usually have a lot more road games played by the time they come home.

I remember the Washington game last year where they outplayed the Caps
but lost a close game along with the Post making a big issue of a thousand people or so not being at a game that was an announced sellout that Mr Botta was not happy about. One Florida game a few years ago they could not get out of their own way.

Injuries? Wake me when they take the ice, no pregame but an actual postgame. Funny the Isles put up a live link for postgame coverage for the folks who wanted to hear from Gordon and the players, not the Msg spindoctors with Butch Goring.

Like ITV who did the Monday pregame on Saturday night (who can blame them with hard how they have been working with these updates) this blog was a little prescheduled.

Not sure if I can catch this one live Monday. I'm going to target a game for a live blog here and I'm thinking the Tampa or Dallas game.

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Islander News Articles 10/13

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/13/2008 07:05:00 AM | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan's article is partly about what goaltender Joey MacDonald did to improve this summer as the writer drew comparisons with former goaltender Wade Dubielewicz circumstances and how he was not in the best shape at this time a year ago with a little more revised history that includes writer speculation on Dubielewicz relationship with Rick DiPietro.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Game today sure did not seem to be the theme of this article.

Only value here was MacDonald talking about how much he improved in his movement from side to side and how he went about it.

A lot of revision to Dubie-gate with the beatwriter now providing the angle Ted Nolan wanted to send him down after the Leaf game in October but Garth Snow kept him where during the summer it was the former coach who praised the goaltender while the general manager back in April talked about Dubie's early season conditioning.

First time I have read anything about the DiPietro-Dubielewicz working relationship which the beatwriter did not mention last summer when the story on Dubielewicz not returning broke.

Buffalo News: Mike Harrington previews today's game from the Sabre-centric angle with head coach Lindy Ruff's comments which could also include a goaltending change to Patrick Lalime with the Sabres in a four game in six day stretch.

Toronto Sun: Reports Islander prospect Justin Justin DiBenedetto had a five goal game Sunday night in a 7-2 win for the Sarnia Sting against the Sault St Marie Greyhounds in Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Observer having a few words on the game here. Announces TSN will market and distribute real-time scores and official NHL stats generated by NHL HITS (Hockey and Information Tracking System), including boxscore data, cumulative season statistics for players and teams, player career statistics, league standings and official scoring leaders.

In addition, TSN will market and distribute the "NHL Daily Dose," a daily online video that briefly re-caps NHL action from the night before.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Interesting they can do all this but not provide hockey fans with an Rss feed for their hockey-centric updates.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps the 2-1 shootout loss at Hartford with comments from head coach Jack Capuano who praised Bridgeport goaltender Peter Mannino for his play with a brief report card on the game here and today's countdown about the number five here.

Brandon Sugden signed to a tryout contract by Hartford did not play in this game for those wondering.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio had more post-game in his blog.

Hartford Courant: Had a staff report on the game.

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