Okposo out, Witt activated, Skinner sent to AHL

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/18/2008 07:28:00 PM | | | | | 2 Comments
Islanders website: Announced forward Kyle Okposo will be out for a week with an arm injury.

Brendan Witt was activated off injured reserve, Brett Skinner was returned to Bridgeport. Mike Sillinger according to the release agreed to the Bridgeport conditioning assignment. Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog has more on Witt's activation and the other moves today.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Apparently someone will have to be recalled to replace Okposo when the Sound Tigers return from their trip unless Garth Snow makes a trade or Nate Thompson/Mike Comrie are able to play.

Interesting the club gave a specific injury (not upper body) and a time table on Okposo. I noticed Okposo slip on a third period chance but it could have happened at another time.

Note-I included the San Antonio Rampage Radio Link for Tuesday's 8pm game along with Sound Tigers website preview here.

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NHL Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/18/2008 04:47:00 PM | | Comment Here
Carolina News Observer: Luke DeCock speculates on the job status of former Islander head coach Peter Laviolette with the history of how gm Jim Rutherford reacts in these circumstances and felt the Canes recent win may have saved Laviolette from being fired afterward.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Usually when a coach is on the hot-seat as Laviolette was entering last summer where the Canes took a long time to confirm he would be back, a firing does happen if the club struggles at the beginning of the next season. Mr DeCock is speculating but this is not a writer that plays the shock-jock game with hockey content.

I suspect it's as serious as the writers speculation indicates.

I know I'm rooting for a good coach like Laviolette to keep his job, our game is better with him behind an NHL bench where he belongs.

USA Today.com: Ted Montgomery had an update where he tells us what we already know, the Wings are not on the media radar in Detroit vs the major market teams in town.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What's disappointing was all the talk of the Islanders attendance, the Wing went to the semifinals two years ago in front of a lot of empty seats and opened last year
to completely empty sections here yet all we read is about the age of the Nassau Coliseum and not Msg?

Sportsnet.ca: Jim Kelley in an all NHL column took some digs again at the Islanders injury policy speculating some feel Mike Comrie was listed injured as a face-saving gesture but the writer did not accept that crediting Scott Gordon for running a tight ship and demanding performance.

Mr Kelley also wrote the truth is there are very few kids worth playing in the New York system and Gordon has been patching together what he has while leaning on his vets, much the same as Ted Nolan did.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Kind of funny Mr Kelley now thinks Scott Gordon runs a tight ship after criticizing him back in August along with his claim no other coach interviewed objected to being passed over Sports Illustrated for the Islanders opening.

Mr Kelley had a few words about the Devils doing this also in terms of injuries a week ago but a lot of clubs have the same policy, apparently Mr Kelley failed to notice the club has been releasing more information.

A few good story lines around the club right now, too bad he did not bother noticing any of them once again which include the prospects.

Tsn.ca: Central Scouting released it's 2009 early draft rankings with the full list expected to be released later today.

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Islander Notables/Quick Hits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Gordon is giving him minutes with the results.

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Islander News Articles 11/18

Newsday: Mr Logan's post game article has comments from Frans Nielsen about his shootout goal and the play of Joey MacDonald while the Islander goaltender talked about the matchup with Roberto Luongo and the shootout.

Mr Logan also reported Kyle Okposo could not participate in the shootout because of an injury according to head coach Scott Gordon.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article is more from Roberto Luongo while the beatwriter once again goes over the history of the trade.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I can understand this a bit from the Vancouver media because it was his first visit since his trade from Florida to Vancouver but why is this a story at all for Mr Logan considering the countless times Luongo has played at the Nassau Coliseum since he was traded in 2000?

Daily News: Mr Botte submitted a second draft of mostly the same article but this version had comments from Nielsen, MacDonald and a quick work from head coach Scott Gordon on Okposo.

Mr Botte's earlier version had no quotes and only the history of Luongo with a two paragraph recap of the game and I was critical of the poor content from Mr Botte who's work should be better than this anyway.

NY Post: Dan Martin recaps the Islanders 2-1 shootout win with comments from Joey MacDonald and head coach Scott Gordon.

Point Blank: Mr Botta did a fantastic job getting reaction from the Vancouver Canuck players, coaches and media on the Islanders win and head coach Scott Gordon's system.

Vancouver Sun: Iain MacIntyre recapped the Islanders 2-1 shootout win and blamed the Coliseum ice for the Canucks sloppy play from their defense with a later article quoting Joey MacDonald about playing in the NHL & Frans Nielsen about playing against his friend and Danish teammate, Jannik Hansen here.

Vancouver Sun: Elliott Pap had a game blog with updates on the loss.

Vancouver Province: Ben Kuzma in his game recap has Roberto Luongo's comments about his brief time with the Islanders, credited Frans Nielsen for his shootout goal and what happened on Weight's goal and a game recap here.

A blog in the Province about the game was also written by Mr Kuzma here.

Vancouver Province: Mr Kuzama also had an interview with Doug Weight where he talks about head shots on players and what must be done to prevent them while talking about Brandon Sutter and Thomas Pock.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the Sound Tigers weekly where he had comments from Mike Iggulden & head coach Jack Capuano on the game in Houston and five questions with Trevor Smith.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers at San Antonio Rampage
WHEN -- Tonight, 8
WHERE -- ATT Center, San Antonio
ON THE AIR -- No radio; Webcast and Internet pay-per-view at www.soundtigers.com

San Antonio Express News: Covers the Rampage.

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New York 2, Vancouver Canucks 1 Shootout

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/17/2008 10:01:00 PM | | Comment Here

USA Today/AP: Recaps the Islanders 2-1 shootout win.

CBC.com/CP: Also recaps Monday's shootout win for New York.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
MacDonald was the difference again with several big saves and fantastic in the shootout.

Never saw a player go as wide as Demitra on a shootout, never saw anyone take out another play by knocking the net into the end boards which was a heck of a check by Hilbert.

It all started with MacDonald and ended with some good plays by the defense getting in the lanes like Hunter diving to block a puck at the end of the second.

Defense bent a few times but MacDonald did not break, Vancouver has some very fast young forwards to go with the Sedins and all night long it seemed like Canucks had four players around the puck because of how well they skate.

Vancouver's speed gave the Islanders trouble from the opening drop of the puck and led to mistakes in the neutral zone and in their own end. A turnover led to Demitra scoring the opening goal and creating other chances that could have put the game away early. Scott Gordon was very upset with the opening goal.

Islanders did not generate much and nothing dangerous before Bergenheim's second period chance, they did not do a bad job in the trenches and a few pucks were centered in the first period but a few blocks by Vancouver or soft shots.

All of a sudden after Bergenheim's chance the gates opened, the Canucks slower defense did have some troubles and the Islanders started getting some good looks at Luongo with Bailey on the powerplay, Jackman driving past players (drawing a powerplay) and did everything but finish (one off a great pass from Hilbert) who had a dominating night and worked to create.

That's more than I have seen from Tambellini in any single game, Okposo worked for a chance or two, his high sticking call trying to tip a shot with Luongo out seemed a poor call.

Finally a good screen and a Canuck tip of a Weight shot had the Islanders on the board.

Islander powerplay did not do much but the penalty kill dug in and made enough plays to keep the game tied with MacDonald solid.

Guerin made a very nice move to center ice in the third and showed his speed/shot, Hunter, Nielsen had some very strong plays in all three zones and Luongo had to be very good on some late shots by Hunter. Defense tried to join the rush with Streit a few times. Campoli, Gervais in overtime looked hungry for another ot goal. Sutton had to work very hard in this one to stay with the Canucks fast forwards.

Skinner keeps making steady plays and mistake free hockey.

A few times the Islanders over extended shifts and you could see Park get a chance but had nothing left so he shot.

You get into overtime against Luongo and wonder if it's best to take a chance and go all-out for a goal than play for the shootout? Late in overtime Vancouver again turned up the pressure so when the Isles did clear they had little left to go for it on offense.

Nielsen scored in Toronto a few years ago in a shootout, he built no momentum just standing at center ice but made a great move. The rest was all MacDonald who looked like Dubielewicz on the game winning save.

I was surprised Bailey got a chance in the shootout.

A well-earned three days off for the Islanders, considering what's ahead combined with the standings they had to have two points here.

The possible return of Witt makes this coming Friday's game feel like opening night # 2 in Newark.

Was that actually our announcers who were critical of someone's media? I did not know Billy Jaffe had it in him.

Now if we can only have them get on the local media.

Classless ad by Msg afterward with a Friday preview claiming playing the Devils with Kevin Weekes is like playing against a team with an open net from the company that shows their games. Weekes has played for all three local clubs and has been a class act.

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Vancouver at New York 7pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/17/2008 04:24:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
AP: Recaps the Canucks win at home against Toronto where Pavol Demitra returned to the Canucks lineup and had three assist.

Sports Network: Reports Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a fracture of the metatarsal bone in his left foot. Vancouver recalled defenseman Lawrence Nycholat from Manitoba of the American Hockey League.

Vancouver Sun: Has Roberto Luongo's comments about returning to the Coliseum once again and what it means to him and a few words on his shutout streak ending. Alex Edler is expected to return to the Canucks lineup after missing Saturday's game with the flu.

Islanders website: Had a good feature on goaltender Joey MacDonald where Andy Sutton comments.

Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog had a few words from head coach Scott Gordon and Doug Weight on the club's mindset on playing with a lead among several subjects.

NHL.com: John Kreiser had an an excellent feature late Sunday on Josh Bailey with his comments and head coach Scott Gordon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Tonight's the big night, the latest return of a former Islander to the Coliseum in
Rob Davison Roberto Luongo who was acquired at the trade deadline last season.

In all seriousness Islanders finally get a little break after Monday and need this game considering what's ahead after Friday. The wins/points have to start happening now. This club badly needs a good ten game stretch without a loss in regulation because that's what it's going to take to get all the way back in the playoff hunt.

Last time Canucks were here it was not pretty in Brad Shaw's second game as interim coach but last season Luongo frankly was terrible in a game DiPietro stole a point by carrying the club to a shootout loss. All that along with Luongo back to his Florida days means nothing as he makes his first trip to the Coliseum as a Canuck.

Islanders have to get their three goals and give MacDonald a chance to see the puck and hope he continues this stretch where he is seeing the puck well.

Martinek with a game under his belt should only play better, the Canucks despite the record are not a power house offensive club and maybe a win on home ice finally gives the club some confidence at the Coliseum.

Or not.

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Make the call on Josh Bailey

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/17/2008 12:12:00 PM | | Comment Here
Thanks to everyone who participated in last weeks poll.

The Poll was which was about why were the Islanders struggling to hold leads in the third period?

Here were the final numbers:
No Witt, Martinek, Meyer, DiPietro 17 (62%)
System tiring out players 5 (18%)
Not enough depth 6 (22%)
Not enough collective confidence in their ability 5 (18%)
Not enough talent when game is on line 10 (37%)
Others teams ability at crunch time 5 (18%)
Old habits tough to break 8 (29%)
Islanders are ready to breakout and win 1 (3%)
Islanders treading water hanging in games for two periods 1 (3%)
Other 1 (3%
This week poll is one that will go right up to the day Josh Bailey's nine game trial comes to an end where you make the call where you think he should play?

I would expect votes later as opposed to earlier but feel free to keep changing on a game by game basis.

Garth Snow and Scott Gordon have a tough decision to make but will likely will have Comrie, Sillinger and Thompson back at some point.

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Islander News Articles 11/17/08

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/16/2008 11:06:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on Joey MacDonald who talked about his goaltending coaches/consultants in Mike Dunham and Sudarshan Maharaj, what he has been working on between games and credits the Islanders league-leading defense in blocked shots.

NY Post: Dan Martin has a very brief preview for tonight's game with a brief printed quote on Radek Martinek.

Vancouver Province : Gordon McIntyre did a good rip job on the Islanders who apparently only read Newsday for some current perception of the club with the writer recalling a few players who used to skate for the Canucks.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
You would never know the Islanders made four of the last six playoffs reading this or led the league in man games lost last season, but obviously the writer was not interested in that.

Tough when a dig is thrown at Richard Park.

Point Blank: Mr Botta also had an excellent feature on Sudsie Maharaj.

AP: Reports Steve Regier scored his first two NHL goals against the Canadians in a 3-2 loss Sunday.

Houston Chronicle: Andrew J. Ferraro recaps the Sound Tigers shootout win against the Aeros.

Aeros Website: Also recaps the Sound Tigers win.

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Bridgeport 3, Houston 2 Shootout

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/16/2008 07:35:00 PM | Comment Here
AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers won in a shootout 3-2 at Houston on Sunday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a live blog and a link to the Houston radio station with coverage. Sound Tigers.com: Recaps Bridgeport's 3-2 shootout win.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
High way robbery for Bridgeport. Down 2-0 with seven minutes left Ben Walter scored, Mike Iggulden scored on a powerplay with six seconds left to tie the game and the goaltender pulled, Walter assisted on the tying goal and scored in the shootout along with Comeau.

Bridgeport went 4-4 in the shootout before Peter Mannino shut the door and secured the comeback win.

Sound Tigers play in San Antonio on Tuesday.

AHL.com: Report the St Louis Blues have recalled former Islander prospect Steve Regier.

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How Come No Recognition For Doug Weight?

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/16/2008 06:02:00 PM | Comment Here
It's kind of funny all summer I kept reading Doug Weight was finished and a terrible signing by the Islanders who only was here because supposedly no one else would play here after he had twenty five points for the Blues/Ducks last season.

Meanwhile all I kept reading was Bobby Holik who is even older than Weight would help the Devils.

Doug Weight has fifteen points in seventeen games here with seven powerplay points and no one has written a word about him unless it was on about his clean check of Brandon Sutter?

Newsday has quoted him a lot, how come they do not recognize he is doing a great job filling the role Garth Snow signed him for over the summer?

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Overspin on Bettman/Lighthouse, Bailey

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/16/2008 02:00:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Scott Gordon has Overspeed, New York Islander Fan Central has Overspin which how I see a few things reported Saturday and this week.

Point Blank: Mr Botta had an interview with Gary Bettman Saturday on Espn1050 and blogged on it with the commissioner's comments ground must be broken next summer.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Great of Mr Botta to have Mr Bettman on the Espn Ranger/NY Hockey show and he did a good job trying to get information but I'm afraid all Mr Bettman's comments will do is stir up Islander fans/sportswriters who will only kick a team when it's down about poor attendance who play the usual speculation game on the club moving.

How many of these articles do our fans have to endure which is the end result?

Are the Devils going to be doing any better if the club starts losing for a few years in Newark after drawing flies to the Meadowlands for years on weeknights?

Anyone take a good look at the Msg stands on weeknights or look beyond the announced sellout and look at the empty seats in soon to be oldest building in the NHL once the Pens open their new arena? This is a tough weeknight market for hockey and the Islanders moves have tuned out some fans who would normally go along with an avalanche of negative coverage.

Outside of football all New York teams play in front of a lot of empty seats sooner or later. Mets in the seventies and early eighties, and for a good part of the nineties pre Piazza. Yankees in the eighties, nineties and late sixties. Msg was empty for a good part of the eighties for the Knicks and Rangers and the Nets have had attendance problems almost all of their history.

Those no-shows during football season when the Jets and Giants struggle are noticeable too.

Already some of the things I read after Monday's Newsday article were worthless as some accused Wang of not spending to the cap, ignored the roster spots needed for the prospects to get an opportunity while other media decided to look at Forbes for information that is simply guess work, meanwhile Witt, Streit received contracts/ extensions.

I understand what Gary Bettman is trying to do here and that's lobby for one of his owners and put on some long-overdue pressure but this is not how you solve anything or go about it. Maybe he is not aware but it seems most Islander fans support approval of the project so he telling the wrong people.

Mr Bettman can go meet with the Town of Hempstead, Monday he did not even know Mr Wang's financing for the project when asked.

Bottom line Mr Wang is going to do what he does but no Lighthouse approval does not mean the club leaves. Mr Bettman lobbying in the media solves nothing.

The Islanders have an out in the lease if the project is not approved but still have a Cable-Smg lease that runs until 2030/2014.
Next up the Josh Bailey will he or won't he soap opera in Newsday's Islander blog Saturday by Mr Logan here where Scott Gordon gave some background and Mr Logan did a good job going back to comments from camp with game circumstances Thursday but it seems very premature to make any determination until he plays more hockey at this level.

Bailey just played his first game Monday, he has shown some good passing/faceoff skills and some maturity when he is not taking penalties but the Islander roster likely will determine the final call if Sillinger is as close as the announcers speculated in the pregame Saturday and Comrie or Nate Thompson returns sooner than later.

Robert Nilsson was one of the best playmakers too for a while, it did not earn him a roster spot here as he kept bouncing up and down before Ted Nolan was hired.

Tim Connolly had a very tough first year here when he was not demoted. Sticking around did Taylor Pyatt no favors long-term when he played seventy eight games here and had four goals before he was traded.

For the next week or so let's just watch.

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Islander News Articles 11/16

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/15/2008 10:34:00 PM | | | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan has the recap of the Islanders 3-2 win with comments from head coach Scott Gordon pointing out other teams surrender leads in the third period also, Doug Weight on getting back to five hundred with so many injuries as confidence in the system improves and Joey MacDonald who talked about weathering the storm early against the Senators in the first.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article was on the possible return of Brendan Witt who has taken part in practices and hopes to play by Friday with his comments about his injury along with more from head coach Scott Gordon on Josh Bailey and the coach sending a fax on Friday indicating Pock's suspension was a step up in discipline for a player with no previous suspensions.

Newsday: Jim Baumbach did his best Mark Herrmann impersonation doing Islander viability, could relocate, low attendance article number (who knows) telling us Charles Wang should speak up now about the status of the Lighthouse.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Nothing like Jim Baumbach to pour as much cold water he can on sweeping a club who have dominated them since they entered the league and not even cover the game when he is assigned. He even wrote some people's evaluations of the youth on this team are inflated like he wanted to be anywhere else.

I'm sure Monday we will get Luongo's comments on the Nassau Coliseum if the Islanders win again as part of this expanded coverage.

I wonder how many more folks would be at the games if Newsday talked up the players the last decade instead of running the club down every chance they could or outright ignoring them like when it's franchise player starts the All-Star game while putting down any attempt at bringing back alumni as nothing more than a ticket grab?

Newsday can only took at themselves in the mirror when they did nothing on the 25th anniversary of the first cup back on 5/24/05.

Newsday coverage has only served to drive fans away which does not happen in other cities where the club struggles. The media does not beat them down like this every other week and it seems the staff takes turns.

Players who do well here are considered under-rated in national media circles and it has nothing to do with the building or the attendance but the reporting.

If Mr Baumbach or the Newsday staff wants to know what's going on why don't they have Mark Harrington who does most of the business-related articles on this subject go interview Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and get some comments or the other key players who have a vote? Instead I guess the plan is get Mr Wang talking so Newsday can rip whatever he says sooner or later.

Maybe Mr Baumbach should stay home and let us enjoy a win for a change?

Daily News: Peter Botte was given some descent space for a change and had postgame from Scott Gordon, Doug Weight and Joey MacDonald on the 4-2-1 Islanders in their last seven.

Ottawa Citizen Alan Panzeri & Ottawa Sun: Has the Senators coverage which includes Bruce Garroich who had a lot from captain Bill Guerin about Pock's hit where he felt the NHL must send this kind of message with longer suspensions because the NHLPA is not going to take money out of players pockets or force them to sit out here.

ECHL.com: Report former Islander draft pick Luciano Aquino has been signed by the Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sound Tigers.com: Previews Sunday's game against the Aeros while the Houston Chronicle's has coverage Chronicle here.

The Republican: Gary Brown has comments from AHL President Dave Andrews and John Graham, a Toronto businessman who promoted the two Sound Tiger games in Summerside and St Johns after building a relationship with the club.

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New York 3, Ottawa 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/15/2008 09:46:00 PM | Comment Here

Canadian Press & Associated Press: Recaps the Islanders 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators Saturday sweeping the only home and home the club will play this season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
For about forty eight minutes I loved what I saw.

MacDonald was rock solid with some big saves, the defense blocked shots and closed up the passing lanes and after somewhat of a slow start the Islanders started getting some chances. Bailey had a few nice passes in the first, Okposo a few good looks at the net.

A few mistakes too, Martinek coughed one up on what seems the worst ice in the league these days, it's a storyline at every home game now with Bailey and others falling on their own.

Bergenheim a setup and rush to the goal to put in a rebound and Nielsen a very nice move with the powerplay for Sim to bang in the 2-0 goal and the Islanders were taking the play away from Ottawa. Guerin had some great chances and was a little too generous, Hunter was everywhere in the offensive zone. Streit was jumping in and Weight was finding the passing lanes. Hilbert was playing great hockey, Jackman was making plays and clearing pucks.

Islanders were getting stronger and started buzzing in the third with Ottawa pinned in their own end, Campoli scored a beautiful goal with a shot that he seem to want to put top corner. It was one of the best stretches I had seen this season early in the third as they outskated a fast team.

3-0 and the Islanders looked completely in control with a four minute powerplay.

No killer instinct against a club that looked done.

Ottawa attacked the Islander powerplay, shut things down and drew a powerplay of their own and scored a goal. You could see the Islanders stop skating after that the Senators took the play at them as best as they could putting Spezza, Alfredsson and Heatley together.

Islanders held for a while but it was not the same club as they stopped skating or getting in on Auld. MacDonald again was just very compact, controlled his rebounds and saw the puck very well but finally the 3-2 goal.

They held on with no huge scrambles the final minute but it was harder than it should have been.

Credit to Jackman for going at one of the tougher players in the league and for the Islanders sweeping a team that has until recently has had their number.

It should have been easier but home ice is no advantage for this club. Maybe this is the start because they need another fifty minutes plus ten on Monday.

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Ottawa at New York 7pm Msg+2

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/15/2008 07:23:00 AM | Comment Here
Ottawa Citizen: Alan Panzeri reports head coach Craig Hartsburg changed up his lines at practice on Friday.

Jesse Winchester with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, Nick Foligno with Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher, Antoine Vermette with Chris Kelly and Chris Neil.
Jarkko Ruutu, suspended for tonight's game, practiced with Dean McAmmond and Shean Donovan, but Ilya Zubov will play on that line tonight according to the writer.

Alex Auld starts again in goal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Obviously the heat is on in Ottawa big time but the Islanders only have time to worry about what they will do generating more chances because the standings scream the heat is even worse here.

That sixteen-five third period shot total was not good and Scott Gordon's skaters have to stay out of the box.

MacDonald (if he starts) had to face a lot of pressure from their fast and skilled forwards, he cannot be asked to keep robbing players.

Radek Martinek should be a huge boost to the defense but the goals have to come and the Islanders need to exploit a team not very good in it's own end of the ice as Weight did finding Guerin for the kind of high quality area you want Guerin shooting.

Bad news is this team does not play well or feed off a home crowd that does not get behind them much.

Not sure what we will see here but nothing would surprise me either way. Last year the harder Ottawa pressed the worse things got at the end. New coach and some players but a lot of the same tension.

I know I'm looking forward to seeing Okposo and Bailey set up some more plays and what Frans Nielsen will do next. Bergenheim is always fun to watch and Hunter has been excellent. Streit is another player who just gets involved in an attack with a natural ability.

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Islander News Articles 11/15

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/14/2008 09:20:00 PM | | | | | | | 1 Comments
Islanders website: Jason Lockhart in an early Saturday game preview had comments from general manager Garth Snow and Thomas Pock on the five game suspension and the hit to Ryan Shannon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Complaining will solve nothing for Snow or Pock.

Both said the right things and of course you never want anyone hurt. For the organization in these instances less is more but from a fan standpoint this seemed excessive given the standard for other elbowing suspensions.

Newsday: Mr Logan did not find much in terms of tangible signs of progress during the games the Islanders blew four third-period leads until they won Thursday. Head coach Scott Gordon talked about the clubs five on five play being better in the last few games and a sixty minute against Ottawa effort while the beatwriter speculated about Radek Martinek's return.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I know I have seen signs of progress with the increased scoring vs last season, the blocked shots and how they have even been in position to win with key players out of the lineup.

Scott Gordon has been talking positives also so I cannot be alone. He seemed to finally come around about Okposo on the left wing and did a good job explaining why he switched the right wing to the left side recently.

NY Post: Dan Martin has an article on goaltender Joey MacDonald with comments from head coach Scott Gordon with a second article on Thomas Pock's suspension and the statements from the Islanders website here.

Dan Martin noted Radek Martinek has been activated from injured reserve.

Edmonton Sun: Jason Hills had a great feature on Al Arbour who is at a reunion for the Edmonton Flyers who he played with in the Western Hockey League and won three championships.

Tampa Bay Lightning co-owners Oren Koules & Len Barrie got a big time pass for firing Barry Melrose despite so many strange moves since the summer from the usual suspects who would make quick work of Charles Wang in Adam Proteau THN Scott Burnside Espn.

Tampa Tribune : Joe Henderson to his credit blasted Lightning ownership for it's circus-like moves along with Allan Muir of SI who has been critical of the Islanders here however Erik Erlendsson in the Tampa Tribune also gave ownership more of a pass putting the blame on Melrose here.

St Petersburg Times
: Columnist Gary Shelton hit the nail on the head with what this says about Tampa's new owners while beat writer Damian Cristodero reported the story without much opinion only getting recently hired general manager Brian Lawton's comments here.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article is on Rob Hennigar's big game in Canada along with head coach Jack Capuano comments on rotating his extra players. Team captain Mark Wotton talks about the club getting away and bonding.

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Pock Speculation (TSN Five games) Sens Recall

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/14/2008 03:40:00 PM | | | Comment Here
My guess is the league will go light on Thomas Pock and either not suspended him at all or make sure he is out for the rematch on Saturday unless Colin Campbell given Ruutu is also suspended for Saturday wants to go with the two game trend.

Or Colin Campbell could set just continue setting league records for suspending Islanders.

Good trivia question today for everyone. Who was the last Islander suspended before Chris Simon and were not including Sean Hill here.

An actual Islander player who was suspended for an illegal play?

Updated 4:00pm:
Tsn.ca/Canadian Press Reports from their sources Thomas Pock was given a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators' winger Ryan Shannon last night.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Obviously Colin Campbell's working relationship with the New York Islanders is about as poor as the disparity of Islander powerplays to penalties over the years.

This is the same man who in 2002 felt Gary Roberts charging in from center ice and slamming Kenny Jonsson's head with his hands into the boards for a five minute penalty was not a suspension or Corson's kick was only good for one game?

With Pock out the script suggests Radek Martinek returns which could have happen anyway or Jack Hillen comes back.

Bridgeport files to the West Coast this weekend so no one is a ferry ride away with Mr Fornabaio in the Ct Post having the practice report here that all seven defenders skated with line combinations.

Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch reported the Senators have called up forward Ilja Zubov from their AHL affiliate in Binghamton for Ryan Shannon who is out indefinitely with a concussion. Alex Auld will again start Saturday along with general manager Bryan Murray who is not pleased with his players.

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Newsday Islander Insider/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/14/2008 12:48:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Friday Islander Insider has Mr Logan's feature with comments from Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley about when happened years ago when they could have been drafted by the Islanders along with a few words on the Coliseum along with how good they could have been here.

The Insider also includes head coach Scott Gordon and what he needs to do as a new coach to evaluate the young players beyond statistics which also included Tim Jackman. Mr Bettman discusses the NHL outdoor game with Mr Logan's slant the Islanders were given less consideration despite the commissioner ever saying any such thing.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Oh, the agony of Newsday's coverage.

Greg Logan may be the only man in America who noted the Islanders play Spezza, Heatley and Luongo three games in a row. Last January they traveled from Minnesota to Ottawa so why not do another feature and include Gaborik too? I wonder how many times since 2002 the Islanders have played Florida-Atlanta-Ottawa in some combination of games?

Nothing like Greg Logan to come along and make our fans feel so good about things they read his work and rush right out to purchase tickets. They do not even pull this
up in Toronto on the club going back to 2001-02 but of course this is about keeping perception about the club as negative as possible, not to throw in at the end of the article they are finally dedicated to a youth movement.

We know the Newsday script well by now. Mr Herrmann follows up with future franchise viability/attendance update # whatever, Neil Best comes in with the Msg
limited-controlled ratings. Finally the comedy club in Mr Rieber-Baumbach take a few parting shots at something/anything about the team to make whatever fans left just not even bother anymore.

Newsday is just wonderful for Islander attendance and building their profile in the NHL community.

Other markets do not have to put up with this much less ones with limited coverage space that never talks to Radek Martinek who then become under-rated in NHL circles
along with any good story about this franchise.

Ottawa and Carolina writers did some heavy lobbying for Sutter and Shannon after the hits they absorbed from Islander players. When was the last time this beat writer did any lobbying when an Islander took a questionable hit?

Newsday did not even mention Streit not being listed on the All-Star ballot. In Boston the writers were very critical for Tim Thomas omission again.

Our beat writer loves our team so much he goes out and asks players on other teams about the Coliseum's condition where Heatley did not take the bait while Spezza saw where the questions were going and backtracked taking about winning is what players look for over any facility.

I'm sure a few folks are already saying to themselves Greg Logan is absolutely right and here I go again picking on him.

Not true.

Newsday's staff did not pull this on the Rangers when they lost for seven years in a row despite all the money they threw away, meanwhile they have two playoff wins since 1997 and you never read a negative word about them.

You think Alan Hahn today is doing these kinds of features on the Knicks for their fans where they go over the history of Isiah Thomas bad moves or the football writer is bashing the Jets for all their years of struggles?

Only the New York Islanders folks.

You think George Richards in Florida slams the Panthers like this or hit the fans over the head with their failures to this degree since they last made the playoffs or bring up Luongo or Olli Jokinen being traded away for very little to this degree?

Funny but I do not see Mr Zipay talking about how the Garden is older than the Nassau Coliseum and very much a dump when it's time to talk to free agents as the front-loaded contracts are ignored by Newsday.

As for where the franchise would have been with those players last I looked Heatley, Luongo changed clubs since they were drafted while Spezza for his talent is getting a lot of criticism for his play the last few years. The Senators had a lot of infighting last spring and are not looking very good now.

Atlanta, Florida did not do a lot of winning with those players and the Islanders had missed the playoffs seven years in a row before a decision needed to be made about drafting them or improving immediately.

The agony of what might have been also is a franchise that may not have made the
playoffs at all in fifteen years as opposed to four times in six years which Mr Logan would not touch along with the injury numbers which had a lot to do with last years final standings and this seasons start. Those players he called the core could easily have left for free agency by now with little or no return.

But why write about any of that when it does not stir up the fans?

This is not about telling the teams story or about today's youth, the current gm or coach and what they have been trying to do despite the teaser.

It's about running down a franchise to upset the remaining fans in an attempt to simply hope more people tune out. Mr Logan even spun perception on Gary Bettman that the Islanders were not seriously considered for an outdoor game when the commissioner did not go there at all. How many times did Mr Botta tell us the Islanders initiated the process years ago and was personally involved in the talks?

Did Mr Logan write this to discuss the youth movement too?

What's priceless is Mr Logan actually thinks this is why GM Garth Snow and coach Scott Gordon are dedicated to the development of the franchise's latest first-round picks.

Who is to say whether the Islanders would be any less desiccated to developing youth now regardless of what happened in the past? A lot of winning and losing clubs in this league are dedicated to their youth and put a lot of young players in their lineup.

Enough folks have talked about the age of the current roster too.

Bottom line I do not need fluff articles from the beat writer but this kind of constant beat down of the club is just not called for. None of this was to barely make a point the Islanders are finally heading in the right direction with youth.

Anyone wonder why the team does not want to talk with Newsday about injuries and the fans are staying away? Newsday's coverage sure does not help attendance despite the revenue given for advertising.

Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog finally gave Joey MacDonald a few words of praise along with the goaltenders comments.

Tsn.ca: Reports the Tampa Bay Lightning fired Barry Melrose on Friday with comments from new gm Brian Lawton after the new owners in October said his job was safe and hired Rick Tocchet as their new head coach.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Fear not folks, the hockey media in the US will not give them the well deserved verbal beating the Islanders receive in the national media for things Charles Wang has not come close to on his worst day. Should be interesting if the Espn crew step up and defend Melrose now who did inherit a 30th place club with a lot of flaws all the moves did not correct.

Quick Hit:
No criticism of Islander President Chris Dey because he has his hands completely tied but reading the release of the agreement of a pregame with Msg President's comments was a joke about the working relationship with our team given preseason games could not be aired live on the internet.

Does the pregame include twenty minutes of High School Programming like the new Saturday format?

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MacDonald, Skinner Earning Spots

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/14/2008 11:58:00 AM | | Comment Here
I know when a team is at the bottom of the league to write about positives can be called reaching by some but to not credit MacDonald for his outstanding play overall since opening night would not be telling the Islanders story very well.

Most Islander fans were not doing cartwheels when he received a one-way contract which many felt was the beginning for the end for Wade Dubielewicz but to this point MacDonald has played like a number one goaltender is this league on a club with so many critical players out regardless of where he played last season.

This is a goaltender who has had other looks in the NHL and it did not last, he played well in Bridgeport last season but not to a level where he was dominating with some shaky stretches.

We can talk about games the Islanders have not held leads but to put that on MacDonald (aside from his delay of game in Atlanta) does not reflect how many times he has given this club a big save or outright robbed some players even in games the club has lost as he did with Asham on Monday and as far back as the home opener against St Louis where he made the early lead stand up.

He is making a very good case so far to see more games than a backup would normally
play when Rick DiPietro finally returns if he continues to perform at such a high level. To be fair he has done what Dubielewicz did and that's make DiPietro's loss something this organization can get through while remaining competitive in games.

No one should take that for granted.

Brett Skinner has played nine games so far and if anyone has looked closely he has been on the ice at the end of some powerplays. For the most part he is not very noticeable in a way that means he is playing minutes and not making mistakes. On a roster dominated by players in the red so far he is a plus two with his only negative game the opening goal against Philadelphia Tuesday.

Scott Gordon usually gives him around twelve minutes a game and to this point Skinner is making a case at age twenty five where he can be counted on to fill a lower pairing role on a defense that never seems to stay healthy. He may not stay long with Martinek's eventual return but he's done a very solid job.

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Islander Offense Improved

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/14/2008 11:32:00 AM | Comment Here
No cause to plan the parade for the New York Islanders in the Canyon of Hero's
come June but it does have to be written with Frans Nielsen, Okposo, Tambellini, Bergenheim, Bailey and even Nate Thompson this club is producing more goals than it did a year ago as opposed to when it had Satan, Vasicek, Fedotenko.

Of course at this time a year ago Vasicek was scoring and Fedotenko had a good beginning and the offensive numbers do not lie the Islander young players so far are not scoring many goals.

What is different? Hunter, Weight (assist) and of course Mark Streit are a big part of this but to this point whether you want to claim NHL scoring is up at least in terms of goals per game have improved with this system and that's with a lot of injuries.

We all know the end result still is much worse than a year ago at this time.

By contrast here was the two goals or less in fourteen game stretch last season where
a goal is awarded for a shootout win on paper.
13 Sat, Nov 10, 2007 New Jersey Devils W 2-1
14 Mon, Nov 12, 2007 @ Philadelphia Flyers L 2-3
15 Thu, Nov 15, 2007 @ Pittsburgh Penguins L 2-3
16 Fri, Nov 16, 2007 @ New Jersey Devils W 1-0
17 Mon, Nov 19, 2007 @ New York Rangers W 2-1
18 Wed, Nov 21, 2007 Montreal Canadiens L 1-4
19 Fri, Nov 23, 2007 @ Boston Bruins L 1-2
20 Sat, Nov 24, 2007 Boston Bruins W 2-1
21 Mon, Nov 26, 2007 Dallas Stars L OT 2-3
22 Wed, Nov 28, 2007 Ottawa Senators W SO 3-2
23 Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ Rangers L 2-4
24 Sat, Dec 1, 2007 Atlanta Thrashers L 0-4
25 Mon, Dec 3, 2007 Boston Bruins L 1-3
6 Thu, Oct 23, 2008 Dallas Stars L 3-5
7 Sat, Oct 25, 2008 Carolina Hurricanes L 3-4
8 Mon, Oct 27, 2008 New York Rangers L 2-4
9 Thu, Oct 30, 2008 @ Philadelphia Flyers L OT 2-3
10 Sat, Nov 1, 2008 Montreal Canadiens L 4-5
11 Mon, Nov 3, 2008 Columbus Blue Jackets W OT 4-3
12 Tue, Nov 4, 2008 @ New York Rangers W 2-1
13 Thu, Nov 6, 2008 @ Atlanta Thrashers L 3-4
14 Sat, Nov 8, 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins L SO 3-4
15 Tue, Nov 11, 2008 Philadelphia Flyers L 1-3
16 Thu, Nov 13, 2008 @ Ottawa Senators W 3-1

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Islander News Articles 11/14

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/13/2008 10:58:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan has the Islanders post-game with head coach Scott Gordon on his teams play, Trent Hunter on the play that led to his goal with a second article on the youth and Mike Comrie's injury status along with Radek Martinek here.

Mr Logan's Friday Islander Insider will partially look back at the youth movement from 2002 with Spezza-Heatley vs Scott Gordon's long-term view as it applies to the prospects today.

Ottawa Citizen: Ken Warren's article even notes all the Islanders missing from the lineup which the local papers barely tough on at all. Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch article has comments from Senators coach Craig Hartsburg along with blog coverage here from a staff that includes Don Brennan and Chris Stevenson.

Colorado had three scouts in Ottawa with so-called trade rumors according to Mr Garrioch.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Should be noted Mr Garrioch's trade rumors have proven very unreliable to a point it's hardly worth noting.

Darien Times: Steven Buono has a few words on Ryan Shannon getting hit by Thomas Pock.

Ottawa Citizen: Ken Warren has comments from Thomas Pock about his elbow on Ryan Shannon as the hit will be reviewed by the league while the Senators lobbied for a suspension while TSN here reports Pock's hearing will be at 2pm Friday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This is more than I have read from Pock since he came here, Mr Logan had nothing from him.

The Telegram: BRENDAN MCCARTHY had a feature on Mark Wotton's return to NF and recapped Bridgeport's 6-2 win.

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New York 3, Ottawa 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/13/2008 10:04:00 PM | | | | Comment Here

Islanders website: Joshua A. Bernstein has the recap of the Islanders win with comments from head coach Scott Gordon on a sixty minute game besides the penalties that made it tough on themselves in the third. Gordon also felt the system, skating and work ethic is becoming is more instinctive as he praised his players and singled out Josh Bailey for his poise with the puck.

Bailey talks about his first NHL point.

Sports Network: Has the recap of the Islanders 3-1 win in Ottawa against the Senators Thursday.

AP: Has the recap of the Islanders win along with the Canadian Press here.

Point Blank: Mr Botta's blog talked about the win and the youth movement moving forward as it related to some of the efforts tonight.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Highest marks to Joey MacDonald who had a great game, kept the rebounds in front of him with solid positioning and did not allow the Senators a lot of second chances.

Sens get buzzing down low coming it's tough to contain.

Islanders as badly as they needed a win made this much harder than than it should have in the third period with those penalties. Five minutes for an elbow on Pock and Sutton-Spezza raising sticks together? Very questionable calls especially after someone hit Streit in the second after he hit someone for a penalty and no retaliation?

Sure seemed like officials in Toronto was reaching with that goal replay in the final minutes, no one came close to reacting like that puck was in.

Ottawa had the speed and the chances but Islanders got in the lanes and did not make it easy, seemed most of the game the Sens looked for that point shot which got them the lead very early after a good opening minute by Bergenheim-Weight-Guerin.

On the Islanders side easy goal for Okposo but nice hands and composure for Bailey to find him in the right spot for his first point. This kid has the soft hands and you see the passes have a touch and timing which is a level above.

Just as impressive was Okposo finding Bailey at the end of the Islanders first powerplay at the top of the slot that drew the next powerplay that led to the Isles first goal, Tambellini put the puck into Nielsen's skates at center ice before that.

A lot of gutty play from the club overall. Sim drove the net and when you see a player come out quickly from an angle and crash the crease you know it's him.

Bergenheim again had a very visible game finding Weight early and almost scoring shorthanded at the end of the second period. Hunter did what he does best, dive and block shots and drive the net, he's doing what he has to do and it's paying off with hard-working goals. Very nice play lifting Kuba's stick and slamming the puck in for the 2-1 goal.

It's not 03-04 but it's a player with a hard shot getting in the tough areas and making plays in all three zones. Nielsen's speed is good for him.

Guerin again too many low percentage shots but Weight found him for a high percentage chance, begs the question should Weight play forward with the powerplay?

Nielsen even when he is not in on the scoring is always visible and doing something with his backchecking or keying a rush and more confident with every game, tonight his hard work drew powerplays by skating. Streit had his chances, Campoli took the point shot for Okposo's goal. Skinner just stays in position and makes plays without costing the club, Pock outside of his elbow made a lot of big clears shorthanded as did Gervais. Sutton had some big hits and was solid.

Islanders had some speed working too in this one against three players as fast and
skilled as the come in Alfredsson, Spezza (who was going for the perfect play) and Heatley.

Kuba also looked very effective and the Islander forwards took the punishment from Volchenkov. That one chance on a bad change where Nick Foligno almost beat them is unacceptable and a very bad trend.

Like how Gordon got animated with a few players and Weight with a few smiles and exchanges with the young players. I would keep Okposo and Bailey together.

Howie Rose seemed a little too excited to remind everyone about the Islanders third periods and did not react to a few big saves or shots both ways and just kept talking over the play or simply note a save.

Islanders can skate with that team, they can skate with anyone. Sloppy at times for both sides but what a difference from the Coliseum ice.

Game two of the home and home is Saturday, are they really going to suspend Tomas Pock with a straight face?

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New York at Ottawa 7:30pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/13/2008 09:45:00 AM | Comment Here
Islanders website/AP: Has the preview for tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
First thing I read about tonight's game was the struggling Islanders are 24th in league scoring. I know that's not very good but compared to last year when this group was getting ready to score two goals or less in fourteen straight it's a vast improvement with a lot of injuries.

No lineup changes at this time (unless Martinek returns) which means Josh Bailey plays NHL game number two and Mike Comrie who was last years leading scorer for the
Islanders does not play against a team he had a great game against last time the club went to Ottawa winning a very rare game.

I know Ottawa is under five hundred and struggling or the powerhouse they used to be, but the Senators received some public criticism from it's general manager and despite going 2-2 against the Islanders last year have dominated them for years.

They have Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson to create chances and finish.

Skating clubs with skill from this division have been a huge problem for the Islanders and despite the record have been in almost every single game. This could be one of those games where the club takes a step back but simply put the 08-09 Islanders need points right now and better play like a desperate club or there will be changes sooner than later.

It's almost fair to ask is it getting late early for Tambellini or Okposo to keep getting minutes if they do not produce? These players both need to be far more visible in a sixty minute game.

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Islander News Articles 11/13

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/12/2008 09:49:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Newsday: John Jeansonne has head coach Scott Gordon's comments about the big picture and that despite the record the club is having a good time and are progressing with the details. Gordon also talked about combining his young players even more with Comrie, Thompson out.

Radek Martinek again could return against Ottawa.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Scott Gordon has a few good points, but Richard Park and Andy Hilbert are not going to score enough to help these young players. If he wants to pair Okposo and Bailey, that's worth lookng at.

National Post: Ken Warren has comments from Senators gm Bryan Murray critical of his star players while the Sporting News here reports on Jarkko Ruutu's suspension, Ryan Shannon's recall and line juggling for the slumping Senators going into Thursday's game against New York.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I wonder how long before Garth Snow shows a little temper he was known for as a player? He cannot be thrilled with some players performance despite injuries.

Ottawa Citizen: James Gordon reports Alex Auld will be in goal against the Islanders on Thursday.

Sporting News/Countless sources: Cofirm Brian Burke has stepped down as general manager of the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday with his comments. Bob Murray, who has spent the past three seasons in the Ducks' front office is the new general manager.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's it too early to listen to the cheering from Kevin Lowe or the writers in Toronto who have been expecting Burke to replace the longest running interim gm ever in Cliff Fletcher?

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Bridgeport 6, Binghampton 2 (St Johns NF)

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/12/2008 04:10:00 PM | Comment Here
Sound Tigers.com: Previews tonight's game and reports Nate Lawson will start in goal along with both teams travels going from PEI to Nova Scotia.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in his Sound Tigers blog reports tonight's game in St Johns NF has been moved back a half hour to a 6pm start time.

Dustin Kohn and Blake Comeau could play tonight along with several subjects.

Mr Fornabaio may have another live blog for those looking for updates beyond AHL.com in game.

AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers defeated Binghampton 6-2 at St Johns's NF on Wednesday with Nate Lawson in goal.

Sound Tigers website: Recaps Bridgeport's 6-2 against Binghampton with boxscore.

Bridgeport Scoring:
1. BRI Smith, (5) (McLean, Iggulden), 3:49
1. BRI McLean, (6) (Lee, MacDonald), 13:34 (PP)
2. BRI Marcinko, (2) (Pitton, Haley), 8:23
2. BRI Callahan, (2) (Haskins, Bentivoglio), 11:20
2. BRI Colliton, (1) (Comeau), 17:23
3. BRI Iggulden, (9) (McLean), 10:30

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