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Los Angeles at New York 7pm Msg+

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LA Daily News: Has full stats, lineups and preview of the Kings.

Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
02/03/09 Marc-Andre Cliche RW Shoulder IR. Out until at least late February
02/02/09 Denis Gauthier D Suspension. Eligible to return Feb. 14
02/08/09 Oscar Moller RW Clavicle IR. Expected to return at N.Y.
02/05/09 Tom Preissing D Dizziness Out indefinitely

Los Angeles Daily News: Rich Hammon's blog coverage from Monday indicates head coach Terry Murray is still on the fence about whether to put Oscar Moller back in the lineup for the reason that came up here the other day. Murray is happy with the way things are going and doesn't want to disrupt the rhythm. He said he will make a decision Monday night after discussing it with his coaches.

Daily News Reports Queens Reaches out to Isles

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Daily News: Nicholas Hirshon reports the The Queens Chamber of Commerce is making a long-shot bid to lure the Islanders from Nassau County as part of redevelopment plans for Willets Point, a maze of auto body shops near Citi Field with the Islanders declining comment.

State of the New York Islanders Media

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I do not want to give the impression NYIFC is some kind of place where we look only for the negative in our media coverage wherever it comes from on a given day.

I know the regular readers understand this and from the e-mail responses most others do also.

What is done here (beyond the countless other things) is to put the professional media coverage under the spotlight (sometimes Mr Botta) and ask fair but tough questions as to whether our team is getting a fair shake from not only the folks assigned to cover them but other media outlets.

My preference is always to praise the work but these days what comes out of the media is border line over the top and negative to the extreme which I would even accept if that standard was the same with all the teams being covered.

Clearly it's not. I wish the standards were the same for every team as it should be.

Islander News Articles 2/10

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NY Post: Dan Martin has comments from Mark Streit who could return tonight that the club is still losing because they cannot score but is more competitive and making progress.

Jack Hillen talks about the opportunity he and Joe Callahan have here.

Newsday: John Jeansonne covers practice and reports both Streit and Pock are unavailable for tonight's game with comments from Jack Hillen and Joe Callahan.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No blog entries, practice reports, the game is not even listed at the end of the article.

One paper says he could play, the other rules him out.

Islander/NHL Notables

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Los Angeles Daily News: Rich Hammon's blog coverage for those wanting to know what's up with the LA Kings.

Tomorrow's pregame blog is set for release at 1pm.

St Louis Post Dispatch: Jeremy Rutherford reports Andy McDonald has been signed to a four year extension for 18.8m by the Blues.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This was the player traded for Doug Weight last year from Anaheim.

McDonald has been on IR since November with six goals and a minus twelve for the John Davidson run franchise who currently sit at 15th in the Western Conference.

It may give a little bit of a read on the market for what Comrie/others may want to sign long-term.

My Plan for Defense at the deadline

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Frankly speaking folks, I think all bets are off regarding this defense beyond Mark Streit entering the trade deadline. This is why you have draft picks and develop players to make the jump to the next level.

It's why Dustin Kohn got a three year contract long ago and why you sign a Jack Hillen or groom an Andy MacDonald.

The expression you get what you pay for comes to mind, the track record of almost all of these defenders indicate they will miss significant portions of seasons with injury, it was obvious going in.

Sure it can happen to anyone, this group has it happen every season.

Meyer, Witt, Sutton, Martinek fair or not keep getting injured as does Campoli or Gervais. We will likely not see one game with the top six healthy.

Everyone is signed for at least the next year.

It's time for some changes if they cannot stay collectively healthy for even one game.

Philadelphia 2, Bridgeport 1

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Note-The Sound Tigers feed was added to the media sidebar on the left side of this blog. It is in the prospect blog also.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game recap has head coach Jack Capuano's comments that his team had chances and credited Phantom's goaltender Scott Munroe while defenseman Andrew MacDonald felt the Bridgeport powerplay/offense has to get back to basics.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio had one blog entry but had wireless problems in Philadelphia.

Philadelphian Inq/Daily News: Has Phantoms coverage.

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If Avery goes on re-entry waivers at two million

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Sorry folks but this blog entry is going to ruffle a few feathers.

You put in a claim if you are Garth Snow and help improve your team on the ice.

I know that goes against the grain for this blog but sometimes you have to take chances, this is not Jason Blake for nineteen million.

" Sean's a good player and he can help anybody he plays with. There's no question about that, This is a guy who is a great teammate and was always there for his teammates. He laid it on the line every single night."

-Rangers head coach Tom Renney.

Poll Update on Jeff Tambellini

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Here are the poll numbers on Sunday afternoon regarding Jeff Tambellini.

The overall response indicates time could be up leading the voting but when you combine he was doing well, he should be playing over Park/Hilbert with he will have to wait his turn it tends to balance out somewhat.

Bergenheim came off IR during the poll.
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Do you think Jeff Tambellini's latest benching is fair?

4 (11%)

He should be playing over Park-Hilbert given standings

5 (14%)

Here comes another conditioning stint

1 (2%)

The latest benching means his time is almost up

14 (41%)

No problem, he just will have to wait his turn

7 (20%)

With Bergenheim out he should always be in the lineup

3 (8%)

Other

1 (2%)

Islander News Articles 2/8

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Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap of the Islanders loss to Tampa has comments from Bruno Gervais on the game winning goal Gary Roberts got position against him and Yann Danis on the loss.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I cannot remember the last time a Bruno Gervais quote made it into Newsday.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article is mostly a repeat of his pregame blog on Bergenheim where apparently he was skating for two weeks but could not get in the lineup because of Nate Thompson with the head coach adding " I think if his focus is on scoring goals, then it's not in the right place, He's got to make sure he's skating and finishing his checks, and the rest will take care of itself."

Tampa Bay 3, New York 1

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Associated Press & Sports Network: Recaps New York's 1-0 loss against Tampa Bay on Saturday.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Memo to Scott Gordon, that's how you go after someone at the start of a game when he hits your player and especially injures him in the case of Mottau-Nielsen.

No law that says the same cannot be done in Newark this week.

Shutout by Mike McKenna in his third NHL start, not a good sign for this offense which could have had a similar result at home if not for poor play by Ramo.

This was Tampa's defense: Steve Eminger, Paul Ranger, Cory Murphy, Matt Smaby
Lukas Krajicek, David Koci.

New York at Tampa Bay 7:30pm Msg+

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Islanders website: Doing a very classy blog on the Dad's week trip with entries.

St Petersburg Times: Damian Cristodero reports Mike McKenna will start against the Islanders even if starter Mike Smith dresses as backup. Andrej Meszaros, his upper left arm injury likely will keep him out of Saturday's game.

For New York looks like Bergenheim slides into Park's spot on left wing with Nielsen and Hunter while Park takes Thompson's spot on fourth line.

Yann Danis is expected to be in goal based on Scott Gordon's comments before Florida game.

No word on Mark Streit but I guess based on coaches comments Callahan could be the one to replace Pock for the duration of his injury. I guess we will see where that goes vs Jack Hillen.

Islander News Articles 2/7

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Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on Chris Campoli taking Mark Streit's role for a game with head coach Scott Gordon's comments.

Nate Thompson was placed on IR, Sean Bergenheim was taken off IR.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Hate to think Bergenheim sat for Thompson, let's hope that's coincidence.

Yes, took Friday Newsday Insider off here, that's why there is a feeder. Only notable was Scott Gordon's comments on Danis looking more like a number one goaltender than MacDonald earlier in terms of numbers which was kind of a curious comment.

Bottom line nothing has been decided for next year with either goaltender.

St Petersburg Times: Damian Cristodero previews tonight's game and updates Tampa's injuries:

Islander News Articles 2/6

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Newsday: Greg Logan recaps the Islanders loss to Florida.

Sun SentinelwithMiami Herald & Palm Beach Post: Has the recap of Florida's win against the Islanders.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article is on goaltender Nate Lawson. Jordan Hart was among the players called up to Bridgeport with head coach Jack Capuano's comments.

Bridgeport has a double-header in Norfolk Friday and Saturday.

Note-The Islanders 2/5 prospect watch was added to NYIFC prospect blog.

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Florida 3, New York 2

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Sports Network: Recaps Florida's 3-2 win against New York on Thursday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Readers Digest recap here tonight.

Another game where win or lose a second guess has to be made on Scott Gordon as to why pull a goaltender on a four game winning streak with that save percentage?

This is how MacDonald kept playing earlier and no knock on him for his play tonight but the rule is you play the hot goalie.

Overall the game was lost in the first period, Florida for most of the game had the better of play but set the tone earlier, forcing turnovers and creating chances. MacDonald robbed David Booth early but too much pressure on him and not nearly enough on Vokoun.

New York at Florida 7:30pm Msg+

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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.

Islander News Articles 2/5

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Islanders website: Reports Tomas Pock will miss about a month with a hand injury, Mark Streit is day to day.

Joe Callahan and Jack Hillen were recalled.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Fun never ends with these injuries.

Newsday: John Jeansonne has head coach Scott Gordon's comments he never felt he was losing his players during the losing streaks in December/January and that the recent play has helped the team building process. The coach also praised his veterans as the coach has given more opportunities to younger players because of the clubs record.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Are we missing something here?

Scott Gordon's Swagger gone

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Scott Gordon had his press conference and talked about winning the Stanley Cup, he took some media aback with his comments at the time.

He had so much confidence and swagger to how he carried himself, it seemed like the coaching change would solve all problems.

Shortly afterward we read and learned about overspeed.

He then went into camp and was reportedly showing everyone how it's done on ice, including his new/holdover assistants.

He told us anyone can play this system at any age and that it helps slower players get to the puck faster, it was impressive.

He spoke about camp (groin) injuries only happening to players who were here last season, then first round pick Josh Bailey got hurt.

DiPietro sat on the bench in games and never played, the coach gave his reasons and talked about his philosophy that goalies finish what they started, then we looked at his record in Providence and saw otherwise.

Islanders need to follow Bridgeport plan

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I know a lot of folks do not follow the Sound Tigers but Jack Capuano simply keeps moving players in and out of his lineup depending on how many extra bodies he has regardless of the record.

That's been a big reason for Bridgeport's success vs past seasons, they have had injuries but a lot of extra players which means depth. They will need it soon with the upcoming schedule which sees about six games in eight days.

Mark Wotton has been a healthy scratch a few times and he is the team captain.

Jeff Tambellini and Jon Sim should not be sitting this many games in a row.

What's the worst that can happen, the club keeps everyone fresh and maybe we see a few less injuries the rest of the way?

When Bergenheim, Meyer return this club is as healthy as it will get if Streit is ok.

I'm well aware Scott Gordon will keep the exact same lineup until he losses, that's what most coaches do.

Islander News Articles 2/4

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Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap (without quotes at this time) notes the smaller crowd that turned out in the snow and that things are going well when Radek Martinek scores his first in 101 games.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article was mostly a repeat of his pregame blog on Josh Bailey vs Steven Stamkos where the Lightning's top pick credits the Islanders for selecting a player he had a big rivalry with when Sarnia played Windsor.

St Pete Times & Tampa Tribune: Recaps Tampa Bay's loss to the Islanders.

Will add in more articles Wednesday.

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