Islander News Articles 12/4

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/03/2008 09:37:00 PM | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on what seems the latest injury to Radek Martinek with head coach Scott Gordon's comments on a possible replacement (Thomas Pock) while Brendan Witt talks about the clubs inability to stay healthy on the backline and getting caught pinching in the offensive end.

Mr Logan also tells us the Islanders supposed achilles heel (offense) is at 20th in the NHL in goals per game while the defense is at 27th in goals against and 25th in shots against which the coach explains as spending too much time in their own end of the ice when they are not playing well.

Mike Sillinger will play against Washington.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Glad Mr Logan/anyone finally pointed out this team is scoring a lot more than expected given the changes it made last summer. A ten spot improvement with all the injuries and the prospects not exactly scoring much says a lot about the success some are having.

This is also with a team that has hit the four goal plus mark in regulation rarely so far. (Three times w/empty net goals?) The magic number for this group seems to be three as opposed to that two or less fourteen games in a row we were seeing a year ago at this time.

On the other end the team defense is giving up more goals and shots but the six defenders on the ice individually have played solid hockey most of the time.

MacDonald's stats do not reflect how well he has played as it did not for DiPietro in the second half of last season during the six game winning streak and beyond.

I'm not sure Brendan Witt is best suited to this system but he has not played it very long either.

Pioneer Press: John Shipley has former Islander Marc-Andre Bergeron's comments he did not have a good year with the Islanders because of the situation combined with not playing on a good team as the first place Wild defenders talked about their powerplay.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Bergeron can say what he likes about the Islanders but he came here with a reputation of being a poor defender. In Anaheim he did not see a lot of playing time. Reports the Hartford Wolfpack rallied down 2-0 to defeat the Sound Tigers in overtime at Harbor Yard on Wednesday 4-3.

Peter Mannino allowed four goals on thirty two shots.

1. BRI Smith, (8) (McLean, Lee), 18:55
2. BRI Hillen, (3) (McLean, Iggulden), 4:21 (PP)
2. HFD Anisimov, (8) (Ouellette, Rissmiller), 9:52 (PP)
2. BRI Iggulden, (12) (Hillen), 12:22
2. HFD Dupont, (4) (Sanguinetti, Moore), 12:50 (PP)
3. HFD Parenteau, (11) (Sanguinetti, Potter), 15:35
OT. HFD Sauer, (2) (Fahey), 2:06
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had the game recap of Bridgeport's loss with comments from head coach Jack Capuano, Kurtis McLean on the momentum shift with Bridgeport up 3-1 and goaltender Peter Mannino.

Hartford Courant covers the Wolfpack here.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a pre-post game blog on the loss.

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