New York at Florida 7:30pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/05/2009 12:00:00 PM |
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Florida comes into this game off an overtime win in Toronto. David Booth may return against the Islanders but still has the flu that put him in the hospital. Tomas Vokoun also missed the Leaf game with the flu.

Islanders website: Reports on "Dad's Week " and who is going on the trip with the players which includes Head Coach Scott Gordon's father making the trip.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Great idea by the Islanders (I think Garth Snow was credited) and a nice tradition that should be a yearly staple. I'm hoping Rick DiPietro and father made the trip and remember how last year Steve Tambellini left the Oilers to make the trip to see his son play.

As for the game, the Panthers come in with a little momentum with the Islanders having their number in New York but in Florida it's been a far different story.

Rick DiPietro started both Florida (preseason) games this year but the Islanders were outclassed on the ice.

To take Mark Streit with his shot and minutes on defense out of this lineup and Pock is a big adjustment against a fast team, even if they have been without David Booth.

In goal Vokoun has regained his number one spot but Anderson has had the Islanders number, if the flu keeps Vokoun on the bench it does not make a difference because both goaltenders can play.

For Scott Gordon does he change goaltenders or ride the hot hand of Yann Danis who has done nothing to merit sitting?

One thing for sure the Islanders most likely will have to create better offensive chances than they did against Tampa.






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