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New York Islander Fan Central | 2/21/2009 02:33:00 PM |
USA Today: Previews tonight's game against the Devils.

General manager Garth Snow had the following from his press conference Saturday:

"Bottom line, we’re getting a first round draft pick and that falls into the plan that we set out all along, Now, it’s up to us to draft a good player with that pick. We got a first round draft pick and that’s big. As you see around the league, teams are holding on to those draft picks and it’s a situation where it falls into our criteria of what we have planned for the future. It’s up to us to draft a good hockey player."

On Dean McAmmond:
"Dean’s a good fourth, third line (center)," said Snow. "You can punch him into the top two lines in a pinch. He’s a great skater, very responsible and a good teammate. So we’re happy to have Dean in our locker room and he’ll be a great influence with our young players."

NYI Fan Central Comments: reports Joe Callahan has been recalled. Mr Botta reported Dean McAmmond will arrive for the game and likely center the fourth line with Andy Hilbert now the center for Jon Sim and Bill Guerin.

Devils Injuries:
2/19/09 Martin Brodeur G Elbow IR. Might return Feb. 26 vs. Colorado
02/19/09 Paul Martin D Upper body Doubtful for Feb. 21 at N.Y.

Martin Brodeur will not make his return tonight. Kevin Weekes started against Tampa in a 2-0 comeback win against Tampa I would expect Scott Clemmensen to start in goal.

Will be interesting to see how the Islanders respond to the trade but are badly overmatched against a team that was shutout 4-0 in Florida, fell behind 2-0 in Tampa before winning that game 3-2 in overtime.

Islanders have not had much going for them this year in games against the Devils and after the spotty play against Carolina cannot have a second effort like that in a row.

NYIFC Notable:
The feeders have been fixed to allow more updates, took a while to figure out why we were stuck on only last three updates.

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