2/26/09

Toronto at New York 7pm Moved to Msg+2

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2009 01:00:00 PM
Islanders got bounced to Msg+2 for Rangers Wednesday (pre scheduled before coaching change) but apparently now have had their game moved the day before to Msg+2 for Thursday's game because Martin Brodeur is starting for the Devils.

Time Warner either no sound, picture or both almost half of the time the Islander games are on this channel now which was the story during the Pittsburgh pregame beyond Knick ads for upcoming games.

It's been tough during pregames all year on this station.

Call this no definition TV when games start with grainy picture. I'm sure it will be ignored when adding up Islander ratings to make the case not a lot of people (Neil Best) watch a team not even scheduled in their cable guide.

What's the over-under on some Leaf media telling us the New York Islanders should not be allowed to draft Jonathan Tavares because the Leafs championship tradition and status merit him playing for their team and not ours?

Maybe we should send them some tapes of the 81 playoffs where Islanders swept Toronto 9-2, 5-1, 6-1 on the way to the second straight Stanley Cup.

Toronto is a team that won two straight in overtime/shootouts against the Rangers and is essentially on a 4-3-4 streak this month playing out the string with virtually no playoff expectations beyond new gm Brian Burke telling us his entire team can be on the block for the right price.

Lately they have not hit the five goal mark but do have two five goal wins this month so they can score on a given night in bunches.

Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
02/18/09 Mike Van Ryn D Lower body IR. Out until at least late February
02/03/09 Tomas Kaberle D Hand IR. Out until at least early March

I'm very happy for Jason Blake. I felt all along it would take a good year and a half between a poor team, expectations set too high with a big contract and this little thing called Leukemia but the winner he is found his game and seemingly finally fits in with Toronto.

Only wish our fans would stand up and cheer the man because he's earned it and gave his absolute best to this franchise.

I guess Joey MacDonald starts? Sure would be nice if Scott Gordon did not hide it like a state secret because I cannot see any coaches on other teams calling emergency meetings to ponder what either one of them starting would alter film or game strategy.

It does not violate NHL injury policy either last I looked.

Does Toskala play his third game in four days? With fifty one games played I would think so. Our friend from 2002 playoffs Curtis Joseph last played 2/12.

I would like Comeau, Nielsen, Bailey with these increased minutes/powerplays to finish a few goals with all the other things they do. The powerplay has to create more quality chances and the coach is giving them opportunities.

It's time to scrap Witt in front of the other goalie with the powerplay, there are forwards like Hunter, Guerin and Jackman for this, no?

He made his point with Witt, this can't be a long-term strategy?

Unless a new injury is announced add eight to your man games lost to injury which is now being tracked on the sidebar.

Updated:
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islander blog at Newsday has an update on Yann Danis's excellent play with comments from Mark Streit on what the club does with both their goaltenders who have done a very good job with Rick DiPietro out.



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