Islanders Host Struggling Senators

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What could be better than a home and home series against a team that has had your number for the last several years? Winning, SWEEPING that home and home series and tying the Senators in the standings. That’s what the Islanders will attempt to do this evening as they host the Ottawa Senators on the back half of a home and home series. Because it is a Saturday game, the Islanders will don their awesome retro 3rd jersey - it will be the first time I will see them in action tonight as I was away for the previous games.

Opinions from the Atlantic Division

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The Latest From Herrmann

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Some thoughts on the latest....

Hockey Night on Long Island Appearance 3pm

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Today at 3:30pm I will be taking part in what is I believe my fifth time appearing on Alex and Steve’s show - Hockey Night on Long Island. We plan to talk about the recent struggles of the Islanders, their defeat of the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and their rematch tonight at the Coliseum. Directly following my appearance, the guys will be interviewing a Senators blogger named StooLi from Sensunderground for a different view on the matchup.

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Ottawa at New York 7pm Msg+2

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Ottawa Citizen: Alan Panzeri reports head coach Craig Hartsburg changed up his lines at practice on Friday.

Jesse Winchester with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, Nick Foligno with Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher, Antoine Vermette with Chris Kelly and Chris Neil.
Jarkko Ruutu, suspended for tonight's game, practiced with Dean McAmmond and Shean Donovan, but Ilya Zubov will play on that line tonight according to the writer.

Alex Auld starts again in goal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Obviously the heat is on in Ottawa big time but the Islanders only have time to worry about what they will do generating more chances because the standings scream the heat is even worse here.

That sixteen-five third period shot total was not good and Scott Gordon's skaters have to stay out of the box.

Islanders/Senators go at it Again Tonight

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As 80s super group Whitesnake once said: “Here I go Again.”

After the powerplay and Joey MacDonald ran rampant the other night, Islander fans now a tiny morsel of hope. Can the powerplay continue to produce? Can Joey MacDonald do his best Wade Dubielewicz impersonation? Can Trent Hunter pretend he’s in .38 Special and “Get Back to where He Belongs” [being the 20 goal scorer every Islander fan knows he should be]? Alright, enough with the 80s music references. In all seriousness, if the Isles can commit themselves to playing smart defense and can take advantage of mistakes on the powerplay, they can play with any team in this league.

It’s just a matter of the stars being aligned properly for those to happen on a consistent basis.

Top 10 NHL Funniest Missed Shootout Attempts

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These guys could have done better. Trying to score on a shooting is not an easy task, but these players puts it to another level...

 

 

Islander News Articles 11/15

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Islanders website: Jason Lockhart in an early Saturday game preview had comments from general manager Garth Snow and Thomas Pock on the five game suspension and the hit to Ryan Shannon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Complaining will solve nothing for Snow or Pock.

Both said the right things and of course you never want anyone hurt. For the organization in these instances less is more but from a fan standpoint this seemed excessive given the standard for other elbowing suspensions.

Thomas Pock Suspension

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Thomas Pock Suspended for five games...

Pock Speculation (TSN Five games) Sens Recall

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My guess is the league will go light on Thomas Pock and either not suspended him at all or make sure he is out for the rematch on Saturday unless Colin Campbell given Ruutu is also suspended for Saturday wants to go with the two game trend.

Or Colin Campbell could set just continue setting league records for suspending Islanders.

Good trivia question today for everyone. Who was the last Islander suspended before Chris Simon and were not including Sean Hill here.

An actual Islander player who was suspended for an illegal play?

Updated 4:00pm:
Tsn.ca/Canadian Press Reports from their sources Thomas Pock was given a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators' winger Ryan Shannon last night.

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Newsday Islander Insider/Notables

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Newsday: Newsday's Islander Insider has Mr Logan's feature with comments from Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley about when happened years ago when they could have been drafted by the Islanders along with a few words on the Coliseum along with how good they could have been here.

The Insider also includes head coach Scott Gordon and what he needs to do as a new coach to evaluate the young players beyond statistics which also included Tim Jackman. Mr Bettman discusses the NHL outdoor game with Mr Logan's slant the Islanders were given less consideration despite Mr Bettman or the league ever saying any such thing.

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Oh, the agony of Newsday's coverage.

MacDonald, Skinner Earning Spots

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I know when a team is at the bottom of the league to write about positives can be called reaching by some but to not credit MacDonald for his outstanding play overall since opening night would not be telling the Islanders story very well.

Most Islander fans were not doing cartwheels when he received a one-way contract which many felt was the beginning for the end for Wade Dubielewicz but to this point MacDonald has played like a number one goaltender is this league on a club with so many critical players out regardless of where he played last season.

This is a goaltender who has had other looks in the NHL and it did not last, he played well in Bridgeport last season but not to a level where he was dominating with some shaky stretches.

Islander Offense Improved

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No cause to plan the parade for the New York Islanders in the Canyon of Hero's
come June but it does have to be written with Frans Nielsen, Okposo, Tambellini, Bergenheim, Bailey and even Nate Thompson this club is producing more goals than it did a year ago as opposed to when it had Satan, Vasicek, Fedotenko.

Of course at this time a year ago Vasicek was scoring and Fedotenko had a good beginning and the offensive numbers do not lie the Islander young players so far are not scoring many goals.

What is different? Hunter, Weight (assist) and of course Mark Streit are a big part of this but to this point whether you want to claim NHL scoring is up at least in terms of goals per game have improved with this system and that's with a lot of injuries.

We all know the end result still is much worse than a year ago at this time.

By contrast here was the two goals or less in fourteen game stretch last season where

Islanders 3, Sens 1: The future is now

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Okposo (Bailey, Campoli).

That stat line says it all. It's why we're watching. In a season where the playoff expectations are as low as Bush's approval rating, seeing how the Islanders' young players develop is what it is all about.

So to see Kyle Okposo score a goal with assists from rookie Josh Bailey and Chris Campoli -- three players who could be the core of this team for the next decade -- was for me the high point of the Islanders' 3-1 victory at Ottawa Thursday night.

Bailey may only be up for a nine-game tryout, but there are indications, particularly with Mike Comrie hurting and being otherwise unproductive, that the Isles may let Bailey stick with the big club for the duration of the season, the way so many other NHL teams are allowing their rookies to shine.

At minimum, it gives fans another reason to buy a ticket. At best, Bailey could pay immediate dividends on the ice as well.

NY Islanders vs Ottawa Senators 11/13/2008 Highlights Video

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A win is a win.  I watched the entire game and I am not sure if the game was more of the Islanders doing well or the Senator's doing poorly.  Either way, Joey MacDonald stood on his head on several occasions and he helped snag the 2 points for the Isles.  Josh Bailey notched his first point on the power play with an assist on a goal by Kyle Okposo.

 

Isles Veto Senators In Ottawa

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Game Recap

Isles Take Care of Business in 3-1 Win Over Sens

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See what happens when the powerplay works?

It’s almost like a different team out there.

Add in a much better third period as well and the Isles now have some positive momentum for the first time in a few weeks.

With Radek Martinek’s return a possibility on Saturday, things have the possibility of getting even better in the near future as well.

Overall, the defense was solid and Joey MacDonald was extra sharp. For most of the season, despite the injuries, the defense has been solid, but has had lapses in consistency, which hasn’t made things easier for the team’s struggling offense.

Not last night.

Andy Sutton was solid in front of the net and the other veterans on the Isles really held their ground. If this team is going to save their season, that’s going to have to continue.

Good stuff.

Islander News Articles 11/14

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Newsday: Greg Logan has the Islanders post-game article without quotes at this time.

Mr Logan's Friday Islander Insider will partially look back at the youth movement from 2002 with Spezza-Heatley vs Scott Gordon's long-term view as it applies to the prospects today.

Ottawa Citizen: Ken Warren's article even notes all the Islanders missing from the lineup which the local papers barely tough on at all. Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch article has comments from Senators coach Craig Hartsburg along with blog coverage here from a staff that includes Don Brennan and Chris Stevenson.

New York 3, Ottawa 1

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Sports Network: Has the recap of the Islanders 3-1 win in Ottawa against the Senators Thursday.

AP: Has the recap of the Islanders win along with the Canadian Press here.

Islanders Look to Attack Ottawa!

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Well, it never fails - no matter what time of day, the weather or anything else that can have some sort of “effect” on whatever it is writers use to get their creative juices, there is always at least ONE (or more…) who just have to drag the Islanders name through the mud. In this specific case, an article out of Ottawa (not even Garrioch mind you) but an unnamed writer on CBCSports

How do you spell relief for your worst beating of the season? NYI.

That’s the common abbreviation for the New York Islanders, the sad-sack team against which the reeling Senators open a home-and-home series on Thursday night in Ottawa (7:30 p.m. ET).

Luckily, the Islanders appear to be just the tonic for any queasy feelings that may be lingering in Ottawa.

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