Islanders 411, No man games lost to injury?

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/07/2009 11:05:00 AM |
I find it kind of interesting the Islanders opened a special site with a pdf file for all things statistical regarding the team however the biggest stat of this season is the same one the club did not let the public know about last year and is not talking about nearly enough this year.

Man games lost to injury.

The Islanders led the league with over four hundred last year and are about a hundred above that pace this year.

This is the biggest reason why at the half way point of this season the club is 30th overall as we are in what is an extended exhibition schedule for the next forty one games.

No one talks about it in the media because the Islanders do not bring it up nearly enough themselves, the media in other cities does not even realize how banged up this club has been until the club visits and then write about a club that was competitive but just too banged up.

The Flyers Tuesday released the man games lost to injury, other teams do also and it's no violation of league policy or however they want to disclose information here.

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  1. An interesting point.

    One theory may be they don't ever want to use injury as an excuse. That certainly seemed to be how they approached it last year (if you recall Charles' interview on the last day of the season).

    Personally, as a fan, I use the injuries as an excuse. But for the club, I think their mind set needs to be win with who you have and you can't step back and make excuses like injuries. Each injury is an opportunity for another player to step up and perform.

    I would guess that is their reasoning.

  2. The man games lost to injury are included in the Media Notes packet provided to everyone with a press pass at home games. I know that's not exactly "bringing it up," but the info is there for any reporter, local or traveling, who wants it. And while the injury problems are real and significant, I think most teams in any sport are hesitant to trumpet that argument—it rarely wins you much sympathy.

  3. Hello Ken,

    Thanks for the response.

    This should not be insider only information and not to be used as an excuse but perhaps mentioned far more often than it has been.

    It should not be done to win sympathy but perhaps to tell the clubs story more accurately.

    This is a big part of the teams record and it's story.

    Thanks again.

  4. JKP,

    You make a great point about Mr Wang's interview at the end of last season. I agree it is an opportunity but when a team does lead the league in this category they generally are not successful.

    I would agree it never has to be harped on daily but it should be something the public is informed about a lot more than we have seen so far.

    Thanks again.


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