11/11/08

Philadelphia 3, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/11/2008 04:54:00 PM
























Associated Press: Has the recap of the Islanders 3-1 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday afternoon, Josh Bailey made his NHL debut.

The Sports Network: Has head coach Scott Gordon's comments about his teams five on three powerplay but credited the Islanders five on five play.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
You cannot get five on three powerplays in this league, be so stationary and predictable the other team can outnumber you on the puck. The five on four early did better than the five on three.

One Flyer even broke a stick for a five on two and the Islanders did not get in the high quality spot and made a pass for an open net shot.

Games are won and lost in different ways and this is where the Islanders lost today against an opposing team that could not get out of it's own way most of the day themselves.

Islanders started well, some deflected shots, Biron made a few good saves but forwards could not get him moving or set up many screens. Nielsen created some very good chances, the Flyers put one on on his stick he needed to finish. Tambellini found Okposo in the second, Bergenheim found Weight. Guerin had mostly low percentage chances or flubbed the shot.

Streit had a nice play or two but seemed forced to put some low quality outside shots on goal himself with the powerplay, opposing coaches are not going to let Streit beat them and no doubt are the one player the opposition would key on covering. Obviously teams are not going to cover Weight expecting a big shot or a rush at the net, it almost begs the question why not put Campoli in that spot alongside Streit and go with speed?

Watching this offense trying to score was like trying to thread a needle with a sledgehammer creating a high quality chance. Mishandle the puck or go for a low percentage pass or play catch on the perimeter and wait for the turnover.

Or the Islanders shoot from spaces a goaltender should make the save.

This is what happens on a roster without a player who can finish who can make a skill play at the net. Bergenheim made the only one I saw all day that worked and it was not on the powerplay.

Defense was solid enough, Guerin lost Asham on a play, Pock made a great early play on Carter to hold him off from an angle, Sutton had some big hits and solid play.

MacDonald gave them every chance to win and robbed Asham in the third. A skilled shooter like Briere knows how to find the soft shot and exploited it on the first goal which is one MacDonald would want back, Scott Gordon wanted the defense to join the play so Sutton pinched.

Flyers scored what turned out to be the winning goal on a play where Weight looked like Satan on the point with the powerplay core of the four weekend and it was all or nothing.

Nothing.

MacDonald made a big save but no chance on the rebound.

Hunter had the teaser goal on a shot that finally beat a goaltender who is good for one going through every game. Bailey took an offensive zone penalty and that was it.

Bailey was a little tentative for a first game but the puck seemed to find him a lot more than Tambellini and Okposo who both seemed to fade in the third.

To be fair it was not a bad effort at all today, Islanders controlled play for a good part of the day, Biron lets in a few softies or some bounces go the Islanders way we could easily have been talking about a win.

But the big picture says two points that were in play today the Islanders badly needed and again they came out with nothing. It's almost time to ask if you are Garth Snow do you shake the veteran mix or just hope some players start finishing?

I hate to write it but will, this team is due for a stretch of games where they do not score.

I have written this before, I will write it again.

It's getting late early. A skilled skating team is going to exploit the Islanders
inability to finish sooner or later in a sixty minute game early.

Here comes Ottawa back to back.
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AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport lost to Binghampton in a shootout this afternoon
4-3. Rob Hennigar scored his first two AHL goals in his regular season return to Canada.

Blake Comeau did not play with an injury, Peter Mannino had twenty four saves, Chris Lee two assists.

Mr Fornabaio in the Ct Post had a live blog here.






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Philadelphia at New York 2pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/11/2008 12:57:00 PM
Flyers Website/PR Blog: Previews the Flyers at Monday practice while the Islanders prepare to have Colin Powell drop the puck again on Tuesday here.

Since the last game the Flyers have traded Steve Downie and Steve Eminger for defender Matt Carle from the Sharks, Danny Briere, who missed the last Islander game in Philadelphia should be in the lineup this time.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Islanders play a struggling club at the bottom of the league in goals against. It's time for a breakout game for some of these forwards where they pin the Flyers in their end of the ice and then make them pay with some powerplay goals. It's time for Tambellini, Okposo, to finish a play with a goal.

MacDonald is hanging in but his career record suggest he has struggles in the AHL so he will have them here. Islanders have to get him those four goals and play a little defense.

Flyers have been struggling and will come in very hungry for two points, Islanders outworked them the second half of the game in Philadelphia and need to do that here as well while staying out of the box.

I'm going to miss this game, will tape and do a postgame afterward.

BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW)here will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop by and help these folks in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.


NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

11/10/08

Islander News Articles 11/11

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/10/2008 11:45:00 PM
Newsday: John Jeansonne had Tuesday's Flyer preview which included the coach on Radek Martinek, Josh Bailey and Mike Comrie as the Islander defender talks about his injury while the coach discusses what's different about a day-game routine and why Mike Comrie has been struggling to a degree.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a full feature on Tyler Haskins that include head coach Jack Capuano's comments along with the Sound Tigers weekly here on several subjects which include Mitch Fritz on his Islanders experience, team President Howard Saffan on the school game and what he says is a substantial increase in group sales including five questions with Pascal Morency.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I'm going to have to add things as I can with the Canadian coverage from Summerside and the other venue for the two games. I'm not sure what Ct Post/Mr Fornabaio will do if anything. Obviously it gets interesting now if the Islanders or Sound Tigers need another player.

Point Blank: Mr Botta has the first comments from Islander goaltender Rick DiPietro about his injury.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Impossible to complain about DiPietro, no one wants to win more than he does and I cannot fault him more than anyone else who does all they can to help their club just like Guerin, Comrie, Satan and whoever else played hurt last season.

For now DiPietro just has to get himself completely healthy and put himself in the best possible situtation to stay healthy when he is finally ready.

Notable:
Mr Botta and I exchanged e-mails about not including his blog coverage here recently or linking to his exclusives in the news updates for those wondering why I have not linked to his work directly for a while?

I was not sure if it was fair to Mr Botta posting his exclusive independant information here which is different from when he worked for the Islanders so I did stop linking to his work here directly.

As always Mr Botta was nothing but first class as I'm trying to hit on the right format for presenting his information here. I feel my blog readers should be visiting his outstanding site directly as opposed to coming here to reference his work in a daily news digest.

It goes without saying Mr Botta works very hard to bring us stand alone features and exclusives that are outstanding along with countless other efforts that as always have gone above and beyond for our fans.

I have asked Mr Botta for suggestions and advice for the best possible presention of Point Blank here for everyone. For now I will go with somewhat of a modified format.
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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW)here will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop by and help these folks in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.


NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

Islander Notables/Bailey Activated

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/10/2008 07:39:00 PM


Comments from head coach Scott Gordon on the possible return of Radek Martinek against Philadelphia, Mike Comrie heading to the doctor with nothing final (as of the afternoon) in terms of Josh Bailey or a possible Bridgeport callup along with the Flyer game and some praise for Tim Jackman.

Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog tonight reported Josh Bailey has been activated from the club's injury list with his comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Spin the wheel and draw your own conclusions. Bailey could be returned to Juniors, go to Bridgeport and head on the trip to Canada or play for the Islanders/sit on the sidelines. Martinek's return would be a big boost and a logical guess is Skinner sits but that's only a guess.

What Bailey cannot afford is a third injury whatever it is.



BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW)here will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop by and help these folks in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.


NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

NYI Fan Central Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/10/2008 02:24:00 PM
I gave myself a well-earned morning off today from Newspaper Coverage which is why we have feeders for all of the local coverage.

That may be the format tomorrow also as Veterans day will be very busy nor will I likely see tomorrow's game beyond taping it.

Islanders Website had a feature on Jon Sim.

The new poll is up here which is about the clubs inability to hold leads in the third period.
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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW)here will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop by and help these folks in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.


NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

11/9/08

Sound Tiger News Articles 11/10

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/09/2008 09:58:00 PM
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Bridgeport's 4-1 win against Hershey with comments from head coach Jack Capuano, Kurtis McLean and Jesse Joensuu.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Fornabaio also reported in his blog the Ct Post will not be sending him to Canada or to the West coast for the games this week.

In a word, disappointing.

York Daily Record Patroit News has the Bears coverage.

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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW)here will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop by and help these folks in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.


NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

Bridgeport 4, Hershey 1: First Place

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/09/2008 06:25:00 PM
AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers took over first place with a 4-1 win at Harbor Yard against the Bears Sunday and could be first overall in the league depending on Hamilton results.

Jesse Joensuu two goals along with Kurtis McLean, Sean Bentivoglio two points.
Nate Lawson had nineteen saves. Rob Hennigar an assist, plus two.

Jeremy Colliton had another assist.

Blake Comeau did not play with an injury according to Mr Fornabaio in his Ct Post blog here.
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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW)here will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop by and help these folks in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.


NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

Sunday NHL Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/09/2008 01:01:00 PM
USA Today: Kevin Allen in his blog recaps the Tampa Bay Lightning owners questionable decisions but also feels if the team is starting to win games, it's working.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Interesting I did not see a lot of these articles for the better part of two plus years after Neil Smith was fired and Garth Snow's team were in a playoff spot?

Also anything the Islanders did that summer pales in comparison to the litany of odd moves by Tampa's incoming ownership in one summer. I guess if you keep making moves there is too much to keep up with so the media tunes out.

Espn: Pierre LeBrun in his blog space had a few words about the St Louis Blues and the terrible runs on injuries they have had this season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Too bad Garth Snow was not a broadcaster before he became a gm so he could build bonds with people who would listen to his story and write the same things about the Islanders injuries going back almost a full year.

The media will have Davidson's back regardless of the fact the Blues have finished behind the Islanders. Will Andy Murray be the scapegoat if the injuries continue or Larry Pleau's exit be sooner than later?

Quick Hits:
* So once again Dallas has some lockeroom controversy with Mike Modano calling out players on his team along with a poor record. How come inexperienced Brett Hull is not drawing criticism being that he was a former player named as a co-general manager with no experience?

* Of course I'm thrilled Mark Parrish had a hat-trick. Garth Snow has done some classy things giving Sudgen and Parrish tryouts. I did not see Parrish as part of the answer here unless Bill Guerin left.

* I found it fascinating the AP did a huge write up on the Chicago Blackhawks and barely mentioned firing Denis Savard here in a move that would have been the only
story if the New York AP hockey writers reported on our club despite the fact both the Islanders and Hawks had twelve sellouts last season and the Islanders a higher season ticket list a few years ago based on what the Islanders have have told the media.

* If I am going to write and complain about Colin Campbell, I also have to give him his due as well. Apparently the league is reviewing Darcy Tucker's actions against the Wild's Nick Schultz according to Michael Russo in the Star Tribune here.

* So sad that hockey fans buy into Forbes estimates about the value of sports teams and estimates about what they make or lose. I guess when the league does not provide information from it's audits or what revenue is made/shared a lot of poor assumptions are made and Forbes with no access to any teams books exploits that with the hockey fans. Part of the CBA negotiations was an outsider investigator would be given the numbers for every team with penalties for failing to disclose information.

We missed hockey for a full year, why not tell the public? We do not need ads thanking us but a little honesty about the business.

For my money anything that Forbes contributes is complete guesswork with nothing provided from specific teams or the league. Anyone who links to Forbes as a source of information about NHL accounting is not doing their readers a good service.
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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW)here will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop by and help these folks in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.

NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

11/8/08

Islander News Articles 11/9

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/08/2008 10:54:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan has the early recap of the Islanders 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Miroslav Satan's comments about leaving the Islanders because of their youth-movement and signing with Pittsburgh here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Satan should know better than anyone the Pens had some of the same problems drawing fans for years until the ping-pong balls bounced their way. With only one full-time beatwriter for the Islanders he may have had more to say that did not make the article.

Post-Gazette Dave Molinary & Tribune-Review with Mike Prisuta has the Pens coverage.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Great stuff from Dave Molinary who had comments on Okposo that did not make any of the local papers along with the very funny story on Fedotekno and what Mike Sillinger had waiting at his locker.

NY Post: Dan Martin's article has comments from head coach Scott Gordon about the club sitting back in the third period and Andy Hilbert.

Daily News: Peter Botte did not have a single quote from the coach or players about the game but did report on Nate Thompson's injury along with the Islanders man-injury games lost already at seventy nine and climbing.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
For those scoring at home this means the New York Islanders will lose about seven hundred man games to injury if things go this way all season. It's almost never mentioned anywhere nor was it once last season when they led the league at over four hundred man games lost.

The Republican: Gary Brown has a few words on Islanders captain Bill Guerin from Wilbraham and ex-Falcon Mitch Fritz not knowing he was sent back to Bridgeport.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann has a feature on LI products that have made the NHL and the upcoming prospects in the area with comments from Mike Komisarek and Chris Higgins of the Montreal Canadians.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Bridgeport's 5-4 against the River Rats with comments from goaltender Nate Lawson and head coach Jack Capuano.

Daily Gazette: Has the River Rats coverage.

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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW) will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop in and help these folks and in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.

NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in the Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

Bridgeport 5, River Rats 4 ot

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/08/2008 10:44:00 PM
AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers won in overtime 5-4 Saturday at Harbor Yard against the Lowell Devils.

Bridgeport fell behind 2-0, scored four straight and then Lowell rallied to tie the game before team captain Mark Wotton scored his first of the season.

Peter Mannino was pulled for Nate Lawson in this game. Jesse Joensuu, Haskins, Iggulden and Callanhan had the other Bridgeport goals. Colliton had two assists along with Kurtis McLean. Ben Walter played, Andrew MacDonald did not play on defense.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio also blogged on the game.
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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS..

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW) will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop in and help these folks and in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.

NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in the Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

Pittsburgh 4, New York 3 shootout

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/08/2008 09:53:00 PM
AP: Has the early recap of the Islanders 4-3 shootout loss against the Penguins Saturday night.

Would love to give the Islanders a better review for this game because a lot of great individual efforts (Sutton, Nielsen, MacDonald, Campoli, Streit) but overall they did not even deserve to get the game to overtime and played like a team that could not put two passes together for most of the third period.

The look on Scott Gordon's face said it all.

Pittsburgh for all they did was not every very good either and could not do much with their skills. It was more about a lot of sloppy play by the Islanders and an ice surface that again is a story line because it's not in good condition with players falling or getting caught in ruts all over the place. Dany Sabourin fell at least twice and at one point Nielsen took a long time getting a shot on goal with him slow to get into position.

Without MacDonald robbing Fedotenko at least twice and a few other Pens the game is over in regulation, he stole the Islanders point. The officials made a few very marginal calls against the Islanders and let Nielsen's hit from behind by Pittsbugh go without a powerplay.

Nielsen if he ever learns to shoot first is going to do some damage, the way he is getting to the quality spots on the ice is very impresive and the best storyline for the club. That play shorthanded in the second where he and Bergenheim drove the net was better than any goal the club scored and the Pens could not get them out of the crease afterward.

What would you have may say about Doug Weight, he flubbed in an even strength shot that somehow when in and a Pen slid by him for him to get another chance which Jackman finished, the second play was more impressive.

Again Jackman is even with or outscoring Tambellini.

Okposo made a very heady play to find Hilbert who showed nice hands and finally got back on right wing even if it was with Hilbert and Park. Bergenheim had a few moments (hopefully he did not get hurt) and Park was everywhere shorthanded.

Comrie, Sim did not look visible at all in this one.

Hard to blame Gervais for the choppy ice on the second Pens goal, Sutton was amaazing with two assist and at least eight blocked shots. Early last year they would hit him and go out but he picked up where he left off a year ago and many times kept Crosby to the outside or used the poke check well.

Too bad it took until overtime for the Islanders to relax and start skating, Guerin almost finished one but it was like the mud-bowl with that ice and it's every game now in the Coliseum.

A shootout is something that we have not seen since preseason. The least creative shooters took the ice for Scott Gordon and Dany Sabourin made it look easy. Ref made the right call as did the video officials on Hunter's shot, no view of the puck in the pad over the line.

Streit played over twenty eight minutes, this club cannot get Martinek, Meyer or Witt
back in this lineup fast enough.

Felt like we were back in the 2006-07 playoffs waiting for the call to go against the Islanders on the review.

The idea this is a 30th place team being dominated for sixty minutes just does not fly, these are games they have to close out and win. They should be over five hundred for the games they have led after forty minutes.

Hard to show overspeed when you play entire periods in your own end chasing the other club.
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BEFORE TUESDAY'S GAME ON VETERANS DAY AGAINST FLYERS.

The Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW) will be collecting care packages at the main box office entrance and Gate 16. If you can stop in and help these folks and in their efforts it would be greatly appreciated.

NCFF-OWW is a registered non-profit organization of Fire Fighters who run a collection campaign of care package items prior to the holidays for the past several years.

During the first weekend in December the group will be involved with "Long Red Line" of fire vehicles that bring the collections to the Wounded Warriors who will be spending their holidays recovering in the Hospitals away from their families who visit, Fr. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Hospitals.

Pittsburgh at New York 7pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/08/2008 01:14:00 PM
USA Today/AP: Reports Sidney Crosby is questionable for tonight's game against the Islanders while Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Dave Molinary here has more on this and reports Dany Sabourin is expected to start in goal.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Mike Prisuta has Crosby's comments he hopes to suit up for tonight's game while Miroslav Satan says the Islanders decided they're going to go with young guys and rebuild, and he would rather be on a team that has a chance to win.

Updated:
Crosby is expected to play tonight.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Have to think this is a very fragile and angry Islander team hearing about all the blown leads but right now they only have time to get back to work and start skating.

Pens come in with Whitney and Gonchar out long-term on defense, no excuse for the Islanders not to get in the trenches and make the Pens defense work in their own end of the ice.

The Islanders simply cannot afford to sink much lower in the standings or they are going to reach that double-digit point level plus of being out of contention which means forget any realistic shot at a playoff race unless this group has a significant winning streak in them.

The defense is going to have to make some plays, the forwards need some even strength and MacDonald has to keep playing at a high level and give them a chance.

The practice lines looked promising with Bergenheim back and Okposo on right wing with Tambellini on the left with Nielsen and Hunter.

Pittsburgh has won two straight with Satan playing well along with Malkin, no doubt both former Islanders will want to prove something to their former management.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports in his Sound Tigers blog Tim Jackman was recalled to New York, Mitch Fritz and Ben Walter will play tonight for the Sound Tigers.





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11/7/08

Islander News Articles 11/8

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/07/2008 10:03:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan has comments from head coach Scott Gordon and captain Bill Guerin on what the club needs to do when they get a lead in the third period.

Mr Logan speculates Tim Jackman will get the call to replace Mitch Fritz who was returned to Bridgeport.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Has to be noted things get very busy for Bridgeport starting Saturday with games both weekend days.

Following that a return to Canada for " home games " against Binghampton Tuesday and Wednesday making it four games in five days.

Bridgeport after Thursday, Friday and Saturday off makes it's first Western Conference trip against teams we have not seen since the very early days of the franchise with in Houston and San Antonio who might as well be in another league for all the times they have entered the Sound Tigers radar.

Hopefully the Ct Post allows Mr Fornabaio to travel to Canada and the Western Conference as he did in the first season and report on the games.





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Injury Updates/Thompson Out, Fritz sent down

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/07/2008 06:14:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog had a practice report that Mitch Fritz was returned to Bridgeport and that Nate Thompson sustained an injury and will be out for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.

Also reported Bergenheim practiced and should play Saturday. Josh Bailey and Mike Sillinger skated as well as Radek Martinek.

Someone will be recalled for Fritz on Saturday or sooner.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No point speculating, Bridgeport does not have a Friday game this week.

Would be great to see Mike Sillinger (or anyone injured) return and play some hockey games.





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NHL Notables: Classless Actions

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/07/2008 04:58:00 PM
Star Tribune: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild defender Nick Schultz said Colorado's Darcy Tucker followed through with a threat of taking out his knees in a game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Russo brought up Michael Peca getting injured, he did not bring up Peca in advance of his injury telling the media Tucker was going to try and injury him before he followed through and was successful.

This is why things escalate and we have Bertuzzi-Moore like problems.

How many times can this be ignored by Colin Campbell?

Call in the officials, players and get some statements from everyone and then take action if true because a lot of these suspensions are based on intent to injure.

Did Schultz have to be injured for months before something is done?

I tend to believe Schultz but let the officials and players involved go have a hearing and then make a fair determination. We sure have enough of the Simon-Pronger justice by whatever you feel like on this day rules from Colin Campbell.

SI.com: Jim Kelley the other day decided to talk about the NHL injury policy and of course after some criticism of the Devils regarding Martin Brodeur went after the Islanders for how they announced injuries to Rick DiPietro.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No truth to the rumor Mr Kelley decided to call all the coaches who were not hired by the Islanders to ask if they agree with the Islanders policy voted on unanimously by all the clubs.

Not a word was written about how Crosby's injury was not disclosed or how the Wings, Canadians and Wild disclosed injuries the same way. Mr Kelley again could not pick up the telephone.

Espn/Several Sources: Have comments from Ranger assistant general manager Cam Hope the club wants a compensatory draft pick for Alexei Cherepanov because he was eligible to
re-enter the draft this summer if not signed regardless of the fact he has passed away.

The CBA does not specifically state such compensation should be awarded in this instance and only refers to draft-eligible players. The Rangers still consider Cherepanov as draft-eligible despite the fact he is no longer alive.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Usual classless stuff from team Cablevision and pathetic to even be discussing, true they did not present it themselves to the masses, the media did that and I use that term very loose considering we are talking about the NY Post.

No franchise should be awarded compensation if a player passes away as if he decided not to sign or re-enter the draft, it's not the same thing at all despite it being a horrible tragedy that no compensation pick in a draft will ever change.

If the NHL rules do not include a provision for this specific circumstance no team should be entitled to compensation.

If the league wants to sit down and change the CBA and assign draft pick compensation for all players drafted or signed who have a tragedy then there is something to discuss, but for any teams management to argue they are entitled to a pick here as if a player can re-enter a draft or eligible to simply is not correct.

Islander first draft pick Duncan MacPherson here who died and was found in 2003 would not apply either and was signed by the Islanders despite never playing a game before his contract was later bought out by the club.

Yes folks, this is the same company that owns the television and newspaper coverage for the New York Islanders and who's employees creates perception about local hockey.

Should be fun watching the Ranger spin doctors/aka Newsday staff try and defend this one or at least watch them mute their opinion or move on quickly.

And you wonder why Gary Bettman has threatened to remove Jim Dolan as owner along the way for making up their own rules or redefining rules in this case.

Imagine if Charles Wang or Garth Snow requested this how Newsday and the public would react? I guess this is Cablevision's idea of an injury policy.

Cue the double-standard.





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Islander Insider/Ownership Notable

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/07/2008 02:25:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan's one page Islander Insider Friday has a few words on Scott Gordon's family living in Atlanta full-time despite the fact he has coached in Providence and now New York.

Alan Walsh, Miroslav Satan's agent talks about Ted Nolan not using his client properly last season which was why his Islander production declined along with making sure his comments were not a criticism of general manager Garth Snow.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Walsh can say these things about the Islanders former coach but fact is Satan's play in Buffalo made his departure addition by subtraction for practically everyone associated with the Sabres at that time.

Nolan last season denied reports about friction and credited Satan for playing with a knee injury that was supposed to keep him out for eight weeks, agents sell players to the public but there is more than one person's side here.

This is also Satan's former coach in Buffalo.

Too many nights the last two years Satan looked like a passenger for this team, including the playoffs and the blame goes on everyone. I hope he does great for Pittsburgh, he is off to a strong start but that does not change what happened here.

Notable:
I always kind of laugh when folks claim Charles Wang saved this team from moving.

He did save a lot of things with some fantastic efforts that cannot be praised enough but from outright moving? No.

Since when did Howard or Ed Milstein ever threaten to move this team once Howard Milstein lost his scoreboard fight?

The County/Smg leases until 2014-2015 in those days made moving impossible and the cable contract that provided over three hundred million dollars through 2030 made that a non-starter for any relocation talk. No one walks away from that kind of revenue.

Mr Wang has done a ton of great things here and no doubt I will miss listing a few here starting with spend a hundred a thirty million plus in the summer of 2002 where the Milstein's spent fifteen million on payroll. That began the first year with taking on Roman Hamrlik's contract.

Mr Wang bought into a new Islander-only affiliate for prospects, bailed out Roy Boe again saving the Sound Tigers a few years later. He settled lawsuits with Smg and has for the most part aside of a few blurbs in articles about relocating to Suffolk a few years ago has never done anything but remain loyal to owning this franchise.

He also added some great improvements to the Coliseum, has been first class with the alumni and has gone above and beyond to promote this club, sustaining no doubt big losses with a lease that does not even give him the full ticket revenue, no concessions or parking.

Mr Wang has also been a first class individual standing up and taking the blame for the club's failures, being visible as owner of this club in the community and has done countless great things under his tenure along with the Bridgeport community including the initiatives with the Chinese affiliation and the Dragons.

To his credit he has remained an optimist and kept reinventing what he is trying to do in a sea of pessmisism.

New York Islander fans have had unprecedented access to this team and information from it with his website and ITV which his vision brought to the NHL.

I also greatly respect the effort to create a new generation of Islander fans even if I disagree with the LI campaign in a New York Hockey market where there is simply not a great deal of interest in any of the three teams against the major sports.

The owners before were never visible and that includes John Pickett.

Having written that who is to say that another owner may not have come along and bought the franchise and done some of the same things? One group backed out at a time before Mr Wang involving Bob Gutkowski.

Long-term if the Lighthouse is not approve Mr Wang can opt out of the Nassau County lease. That does not mean the Smg or Cable contract lease would be voided and to Mr Wang's credit he has not discussed what would happen one way or another or made any kind of threat.

It has to be noted a Lighhouse Project only includes a ten year extension of the Coliseum lease to 2025.

Give Mr Wang the highest marks for what he has done and with leaving the Dragons with local ownership when he sold the club recently, however please lets tone down any talk the club would no longer be here without him.
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I did a little reading the other day and I have a little theory on why the Times has virtually nothing to do with the New York Islanders anymore.

Howard Milstein as of 2007 became a significant stockholder in the Times ownership writing opinion articles for the paper here.





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Kyle Okposo Has To Play Right Wing

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/07/2008 11:08:00 AM
I have no idea what Scott Gordon or management sees as the benefit to Kyle Okposo playing with Bill Guerin or Doug Weight if he means he has to play left wing for it to happen?

It's tough enough for a nineteen year old to play at this level without a franchise veteran scorer in his prime. If the coach wants Okposo to play with them up it's up to management to change Guerin's position and have him go play the left side.

This is just not working.

Okposo looks like a confused player who is not comfortable in any zone on his off wing with only a few flashes of skill carrying whatever contribution he is making.

Okposo a few times had other players on his sides as he saw an odd shift
on the right or drifted there during line changes.

Didn't Garth Snow or the Islander scouts see what making him a center in Minnesota did to his game early last season? Ted Nolan moved Blake Comeau off left wing for about three weeks last year and he his impact on games was almost completely missing.

There are reasons you see many players play one position for their entire career.

Kyle Okposo is a right wing, that is where he needs to play to have his best chance at success.

I'm not seeing what Scott Gordon or management is doing here with Okposo at all, too high a price for him to play with Guerin or Weight if it means he changes position.







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So What Happens When Islanders Do Struggle?

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/07/2008 10:31:00 AM
I do not want to pop anyone's bubble with this but reality right now the Islanders are not playing like a 30th place team or even close.

These are games you have to get points from because eventually the club is going to have a bad stretch of games and struggle as all clubs do in this league.

Regardless who is in the lineup if you have a big lead you have to close out the game, the same players got you the lead in the first place after two periods
should be locked into what need to do and confident it can continue.

Right now the veterans are as healthy and rested as they are going to get for an eighty two game season. Guerin, Weight had some very good early chances, Park, Campoli also had good early chances.

Islanders are putting themselves into great position to win games, then they hand it right back to the opposition which so far has been a lot more about the Islanders then a star player on another team putting on a show.

Last night most of the Islander players did not get off the bench before 3-1 became 3-3, when they did there was no skating or attempt to take back momentum.

This has been a common thread going back to preseason at the first sign of adversity.

A penalty, goal against, sometimes just a pressure shift from the other club, it does not take much at all.

The skating stops when the other club gets any momentum like they have no confidence in what they are doing or the system. The coach said they have the green light to go on the offensive so what's the problem? Nielsen in the second just kept taking pucks and rushing into the offensive zone like he owned it, it was a lot of fun to watch.

Scott Gordon said the other day this could easily be a five hundred club, I completely agree.

Terrible teams fall behind early and are overmatched and you can tell they do not have enough talent. With the injuries the Islanders have had if the games turned out that way it would be understandable.

But that is not what's happening, not even close.

At least not yet.





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11/6/08

Islander News Articles 11/7

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/06/2008 10:30:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan has the early of tonight's 4-3 loss to the Thrashers with comments from Scott Gordon on the club getting away from it's system/not skating and Joey MacDonald.

Note-Only team Cablevision got the live blog tonight in Newsday from Katie Strang.

Anthony Rieber, Arthur Staple also had softball articles for the house team the last
few days but Mr Staple made sure to take another kick at Islanders injury policy.

Islanders got one article from Katie Strang and one blog from Mr Logan by contrast and no live blog.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Mike Knobler has the Thrashers recap along with a blog for the team in the paper.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article reports Ben Walter is expected to make his debut this weekend for Bridgeport after an injury that goes back to Islanders training camp.








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Atlanta 4, New York 3

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/06/2008 10:06:00 PM
Sports Network: Has the recap of the Islanders 4-3 loss in Atlanta to the Thrashers.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Simply no excuse for this and you can see it coming a mile away, enormous difference between two games under with a three game winning streak and four games under.

That's as bad as you can give away a game in this league against a beatable opponent and wipes out the last two wins, a lot more talk than action from the veterans here who needed to give this team a goal.

They had to come out of this game with points and went into the third with everything working for them, first Campoli losses his man, MacDonald throws the puck in the stands for another play that leads to a goal.

After that the Islanders are so fragile they cannot even setup against a team they seemed poised to put away in the second period. Finally a bad goal deflects off Pock and they have virtually no response.

Where is the leadership on this team to settle them down?

First two periods Islanders got in the lanes or Thrashers missed a few or MacDonald made a few good saves. Islanders powerplay held down Ilya Kovalchuk, that pathetic change gave Kozlov the Thrashers goal but Nielsen was very impressive and his rush before the goal was better than his goal, Hunter scored from his wheelhouse and the Thrashers seemed very content to lose.

No excuse for losing to this club like this, even with Martinek, Witt and Meyer out, they simply stopped skating and waited to lose.

Devastating loss, even for November and frankly they got what was deserved here.

Three goals should have been enough or they should have had the confidence to play a system that was working.

Bad teams lose games 6-1 and are just outclassed, Islanders are beating themselves.





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New York at Atlanta 7pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/06/2008 12:16:00 PM
USA Today/AP: Has the preview for tonight's game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Atlanta comes in off one of it's best games of the season where they scored five goals against a club that shutout the Islanders with Ondrej Pavelec, a young goaltender who played a good game.

Reality is Richard Park had his little two goal stretch, the career record says it will not last and to rely on his production or putting him in a top nine role is not a good bet if you want sustained scoring.

Kyle Okposo again did not look as sharp as a left wing nor were Guerin or Weight a big factor Tuesday.

Even strength this group needs a few goals from it's forwards.

Islanders have to to get their three goals and play some better defense and keep the shots to angles MacDonald or Danis can handle.

Atlanta has one great player and a few dangerous ones. Players like Enstrom are solid on the Thrashers backline.

Could be a misprint but Mitch Fritz name was not in the Islanders website preview in terms of the posted roster.

Islanders need two points here again, even early November standings require nothing less.

Jon Sim plays the first game against his former club.

Updated:
Bergenheim out, MacDonald starts according to Newsday.
No changes.





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11/5/08

Islander News Articles 11/6

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/05/2008 09:58:00 PM
Newsday: Katie Strang's article is on Jeff Tambellini playing more physical along with comments from head coach Scott Gordon about what he must continue to do and Bridgeport head coach Jack Capuano about how Tambellini played for the Sound Tigers.

Jack Capuano also has a few words about Blake Comeau's recent play.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
He's getting to the high quality area's of the ice and working to get in position, if he does this the goals and points will come. The chances have been and that's what you look for. Is Scott Gordon pushing his buttons? I have no idea but if he does not do these things he will play his own way out of this organization because he has had a lot of Islander coaches and enough chances.

Priceless shot of Edmonton gm Steve Tambellini in the stands at Msg during the semi-fight/shoving match.

Atlanta-Journal Constitution: Mike Knobler's coverage includes an update on starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen's back which has kept him out since last week as he skated along with Scott Gordon and Thrashers coach John Anderson having in-game interviews with Darren Eliot.

Ondrej Pavelec started in goal and won in goal 5-3 against Florida in the Panthers last game, Zach Bogosian has started rehabilitating his broken left leg and expected to be our for about six weeks.

Grand Forks Herald: Brad Elliott Schlossman had an update on Islanders prospect Jason Gregoire with comments from UND coach Dave Hakstol.

Rapid City Journal: Jim Holland reports former Islander head coach Ted Nolan visted the team Wednesday. Nolan according to the writer has ties with Rapid City coach Joe Ferras, who was an assistant coach with the Sound Tigers before coming to Rapid City.

Nolan addressed the team before a practice at the Roosevelt Ice Arena.


Windsor Star: Dave Waddell reports on former Al Arbour assistant Brian Kilrea being honored as the CHL's winningiest coach.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game article is on left wing Blake Comeau and Bridgeport moving into a tie for first place with Hershey at 8-3-0-1 after Wednesday's win with head coach Jack Capuano's comments on his winger and the clubs play. It's the first time the Sound Tigers have led their division this late in a season since March 2004.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio had a post game blog with a lot of items.

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Has the Pens coverage along with beatwriter Jonathan Bombulie's excellent blog coverage of the club here in the Citizen's Voice.










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Bridgeport Wins 3-2 Wednesday/Isles Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/05/2008 01:02:00 PM
AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers won 3-2 against the WBS Pens in an 11:00 am game Wednesday at Harbor Yard.

Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist. Jamie Fraser and Tim Jackman also scored for Bridgeport. Hillen and Colliton had assists.

WBS even scored the first goal so we can finally stop reading about blown leads for a day. Peter Mannino had twenty two saves.
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Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog asks the question should Scott Gordon ride him against Atlanta or rest him for Saturday as MacDonald and Gordon comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Good question by Mr Logan and why for months in advance you do not sit down and set a schedule for how much any goaltender should play. All this talk about how many games DiPietro should have played was always completely worthless like it should be with any goaltender.

It simply does not work that way.

Islanders need to get back up to five hundred, but they also have to pick spots with both their goaltenders. In this league there will be no long bus trips.

Danis did not look lost in the preseason or the game against Montreal but did drop a few shots the first few periods against the Canadians.

Nowhere to run or hide here regardless who is in goal.

Islanders website: Has the weekly prospect watch which includes a few words from Bryan Trottier.







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Islander Media Agreement/Poll Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/05/2008 09:11:00 AM
Wilen Media: Announces they have entered into a multi-service marketing agreement for Wilen Media to become an agency of record with comments from Islanders President Chris Dey.

As part of the agreement, Wilen Media will provide overall strategic direction, creative services and marketing communications. Using its full spectrum of marketing, advertising and data products and services, Wilen will offer a wide range of services, including database development and management; creative development for radio, TV, online and print; online marketing and advertising; and media planning and buying.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Good stuff from the VP saying one of the key objectives is to get the people of New York excited about the only professional sports team located on Long Island.

Someone better start talking New York around here besides me because a large part of the Islander fan base works/lives in Metro New York.

Poll Results:
This weeks poll results are in which was about what game not on the Islanders website for a classic game would you like to see? I messed up Islanders-Oilers from 1981 that went six games (not five) but overall folks wanted to see the 1981 semi-final sweep against the Rangers above all.

Good news here is I have some audio records of games three and four from Msg of the Islanders 1981 semi-final sweep of the Rangers and will work to release them in the future.





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11/4/08

Islander News Articles 11/5

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/04/2008 11:35:00 PM























Newsday: Greg Logan's recap has comments from head coach Scott Gordon, Richard Park who spoke of how this team has been coming together over the last five-six games along with how frustrated the Rangers were and Nate Thompson on his first NHL goal.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann was so bitter about the Islanders winning he opened with a dig that the backup goalie on the Islanders can become the gm before Joey MacDonald's comments along with Richard Park and Scott Gordon on his play in an article that was also about Brodeur and DiPietro now being out for extended periods.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Of course Mr Herrmann makes it sound like the Islanders came into this game completely healthy up front/on the backline and were not playing a fourth game in six days against a team off since Saturday. Islanders recently lost a game they took sixty shots and I did not read from Mr Herrmann how badly the club outplayed Carolina.

Islanders have had the Rangers number at Msg for a while now and the record does not lie. It's no longer coincidence or a mismatch no matter how much Mr Herrmann does not want to write about it. DiPietro, Dubielewicz and now MacDonald have had the better of the Rangers at Msg.

I guess now it's time for Newsday to bring up the Ranger hangover for the next few days, this win means nothing without some goals and a win against Atlanta tomorrow because they have to get on a serious unbeaten streak here to get back in the playoff mix.

NY Post: Jay Greenberg makes his bi-yearly appearance to tell everyone the Islanders have been losing for fifteen years, have no people in the stands, that Charles Wang will have to threaten Nassau County to get his Lighthouse and that Scott Gordon's club will not be tanking. Sprinkled in were comments from Bill Guerin after the Blue Jacket game and about there being few systems like Scott Gordon's in the NHL.

Not much was written about the game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
You can almost see it play out at the Sports department at the Post. Dan Martin is the semi-regular writer but the former St Louis-Philadelphia hockey writer turned shock jock of all trades at the Post decided he wanted to step in and do a good rip job on the Islanders as he does once or twice a year because they are playing in the city.

With Jay Greenberg as a friend the Islanders need no enemies.

I don't want to pop Mr Greenberg's balloon but one billion, three hundred twenty million Chinese also could care less about the Rangers too and unfortunately a lot of Manhattan no longer cares as well. All he needs to do is pick up his own paper to see how far the hockey team at Msg has fallen in media circles in this town against the major market sports as that one Ranger article is buried deeper and deeper.

That's why Mr Greenberg no longer covers hockey with any regularity for the Post and the Rangers will not be seeing any Post back pages during the regular season.

Hint-That loud cheering after the Islanders scored was not coming from Knick fans or the political crowd as a state turned blue or red last night. Apparently the team that cannot draw at home as usual had a solid road turnout in the city.

Of course if the Post did not have a coverage double-standard sending Mark Everson to cover every Devils game while the Post never replaced Evan Grossman more people would be interested in New York Islander hockey which Mr Greenberg wanted no part of writing about. Not even an Islander blog at the Post.

Phil Mushnick told me last season Islander hockey was a luxury the Post could not afford. I guess this was their idea of splurging to cover a game for us to show up and put down the club?

I think this is more space than the Islanders have gotten in the Post all season for an article? Nothing like Jay Greenberg to make everyone feel awful about the team after a win. I guess that was the idea.

At least he pointed out the Islanders should have been the more tired club.

NY Post: Larry Brooks article beat up the Rangers for their loss.

Daily News: Peter Botte's limited space article had Scott Gordon's praise for his club, along with Richard Park and Joey MacDonald.

Daily News: Michael Obernauer had the Ranger-centric coverage of the Islanders win.

Journal News a brief Ranger-centric article.

Newsday: Steve Zipay's article has comments from head coach Scott Gordon and Joey MacDonald.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Seems the Islanders receive more coverage from Cablevision/Newsday when they play another team. No second article from Mr Logan and one article fits all from Mr Herrmann?

NY Times went AP only at least in terms of the web (at this time) did not to have an article for last night's game which is kind of shocking. As a rule their articles hit the website by midnight after games.

Edmonton Sun: Derek Van Diest reports the United States lost 5-2 against Germany Tuesday in this year's World Junior A Challenge with Islander prospect D Matt Donovan part of the team. Wednesday they'll face Canada East in the final game of the round robin before moving on to the quarter-finals regardless.


Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from head coach Jack Capuano on the loss of Mark Parrish and what it means for his prospects as Mr Fornabaio previews Wednesday's 11am game at Harbor Yard with a few words from Tim Jackman.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHEN -- Today, 11 a.m.
WHERE -- Arena at Harbor Yard
ON THE AIR -- No radio; Webcast and Internet pay-per-view at www.soundtigers.com






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New York 2, Rangers 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/04/2008 09:57:00 PM



















Islanders website: Has comments from head coach Scott Gordon, Joey MacDonald and Nate Thompson on New York's 2-1 win at the Garden.

AP: Has the recap of New York's 2-1 win on Tuesday night.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's one heck of a gutty effort by the Islanders shorthanded on defense and in goal that did not even have Bergenheim. MacDonald did what NHL goaltenders are supposed to do and that's outplay his competition. Sutton five blocked shots, Gervais twenty five minutes and four blocked shots and that pass to Sim.

This was four games in six nights too with a few players like Campoli and Sutton who are still in training camp mode.

A little temper by Comrie in pregame? Who was that masked man fighting in Jeff Tambellini's uniform and throwing the body? Looked very good.

Streit twenty four minutes and Nielsen an assist and a plus two.

Should have been a shutout, this should give the team defense the confidence it needs.

Welcome to New York, Scott Gordon.

Typical Lundqvist game where he has a shot big advantage and struggled with a key critical soft goal. Park did what he does best and you love those games he comes up big like this.

Tom Renney's reactions are always priceless.

Nice hands by Thompson on his first goal as a New York Islander.

A lot more postgame tomorrow. Good turnout by the Islander fans as usual at Msg, Garden did not look sold out.






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Quick Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/04/2008 03:18:00 PM
Islanders website: Reported Trent Hunter and Rick DiPietro will be the lone New York Islanders on the ballot when all-star voting opens November 12th.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
So Price from the Canadians gets a spot playing half a season along with Wade Redden who had a terrible season it Ottawa and Mark Streit who was one of the highest scoring defenders in the league last season was not listed?

Why not simply list every NHL player and let the on ice results win out?

NHL.com: Dan Rosen reports Martin Brodeur will have elbow surgery and be out for three-four months with comments from Lou Lamoriello and head coach Brent Sutter.





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New York at Rangers 7pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/04/2008 10:27:00 AM
AP: Has the preview for tonights game against the Rangers in Manhattan.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Normally I would write four games in six days is asking a lot but this group needs to play games and build some momentum/chemistry as they have been holding back or limited since camp began with all the injuries just trying to survive.

This is the perfect time to improve it's chemistry and survival skills in games and you do that best by playing with whatever the roster is. For what it's worth the Islanders have been competitive against Philadelphia, Montreal and Columbus the last three games.

No reason not to go into a building they have been dominating in and do it again, then go down to Atlanta and win again.

Rangers seem to get flustered in these Msg games with all the Islander fans in the Garden trying to put on the show and make more mistakes off of it as the Isles do at the Coliseum.

But of course this is not Ted Nolan's team who owned Tom Renney at Msg for two seasons and outcoached him almost all of those Msg games, the one he did lose was a game the Islanders did come in tired last November.

Can Scott Gordon force Tom Renney players out of their trap early with a few goals or will it turn into another low-scoring chess match which is what the Rangers play for most nights so they can wisely keep piling up the points? Toronto broke the trap and changed the momentum late in the last game so obviously both clubs are a bit fragile.

Make no mistake, the Rangers allowed the least shots per game in the East last year and are right back on the same pace.

Of course this is another game Martinek, Witt, DiPietro's loss is huge which has to be written before every game.

I guess we'll see if Sean Bergenheim is ready to go or Scott Gordon does what most coaches do and not break up a lineup after a win. I'm not worried about Voros or if Orr dresses nor would I dress Fritz for another fight by appointment if that means Bergenheim does not go.

Islanders need Bergenheim and Tambellini in their lineup every single game. Scott Gordon wants to get creative and dress Fritz for his two minutes there is always Skinner's minutes and going with five defenders but he did play eleven plus minutes last night.








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Quick Review of Islanders Stats

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/04/2008 09:23:00 AM
Offense POS GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW GT SOG Pct
Doug Weight C 11 2 8 10 0 8 2 6 0 1 0 0 17 .118
Trent Hunter RW 11 4 5 9 -4 6 1 2 0 1 1 0 31 .129
Mark Streit D 11 4 5 9 -4 10 3 2 1 1 0 0 27 .148
Bill Guerin RW 11 5 3 8 0 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 42 .119
Mike Comrie C 11 2 6 8 -2 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 21 .095
Richard Park RW 11 1 5 6 -2 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 21 .048
Andy Hilbert C 11 2 2 4 -4 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 19 .105
Frans Nielsen C 11 1 3 4 -4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 14 .071
Bruno Gervais D 11 0 4 4 -5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 .000
Sean Bergenheim LW 10 2 2 4 -2 29 0 0 1 0 1 0 26 .077
Kyle Okposo RW 11 1 2 3 -5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 .036
Freddy Meyer D 7 1 1 2 -1 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 .167
Chris Campoli D 6 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 13 .154
Jon Sim LW 11 2 0 2 -1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 .091
Thomas Pock D 10 0 1 1 -3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .000
Joey MacDonald G 8 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Andy Sutton D 3 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000
Jeff Tambellini LW 9 0 1 1 -4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 .000
Brendan Witt D 6 0 0 0 -1 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000
Jack Hillen D 6 0 0 0 -3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000
Brett Skinner D 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000
Mitch Fritz LW 3 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Radek Martinek D 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Nate Thompson C 11 0 0 0 -2 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 .000
Yann Danis G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Rick DiPietro G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 29 50 79 -45 198 8 15 4 7 3 0 364 .080

Goaltending POS GP GS MIN W L OTL EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Joey MacDonald G 8 7 467 3 4 1 0 26 3.34 243 217 .893 0
Yann Danis G 1 1 59 0 1 0 0 5 5.08 32 27 .844 0
Rick DiPietro G 3 3 138 0 2

A few good trends in the numbers.

* One big one already is the effect of Mark Streit.

Islanders had only twenty four total goals from his defense last season including Rob Davison's bounce shot against Toronto. With Campoli's two goals last night the first month the club has seven to date and a few more assist from Bruno Gervais and this is with a group that is not even close to healthy.

* Doug Weight despite his two pp goals off players from other clubs (Devils/Tampa) is on an eighty point pace with nine of his points on special teams.

* Bill Guerin is on a forty goal pace and is playing even hockey.

* Trent Hunter is off to a career best pace mostly playing with Frans Nielsen.

The tough trends once again are the five on five play with a lot of players deep in red numbers combined with no enough scoring.

* Kyle Okposo for his minutes is not on the forty-fifty point pace he has to be on for this team to have a chance.

* Tambellini is not getting results for his chances.

* Nielsen is getting chances but it does not reflect as much on the stat sheet.

* Bergenheim is setting up a few goals but not finishing.

* Jon Sim is not on the seventeen goal pace he had in Atlanta.

* Take out Buffalo game MacDonald has put up some solid NHL numbers for any goaltender much less one without scoring support of injuries across the roster coming from the AHL.

On the team side of things Colin Campbell's officials seem to be targeting the Islanders which is a trend that has run for years but a lot of that was from the Buffalo game where the officials took out the whistles big time in the third period.

Penalty kill trends toward the middle with shots on goal in top ten given a sixty shot game against Carolina. Powerplay places the Isles near the bottom but the difference between top ten and bottom ten is less than three goals at this time with the Islanders at eight goals with the man advantage.

Islanders are third in the NHL with four shorthanded goals. So far the nightmare trend of allowing goals with the powerplay on a regular basis has not been happening with the Buffalo game again the exception and no small sidebar.





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