Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pre Game: Stars @ Islanders

Tonight, the Dallas Stars become the second NHL team to pay their final visit to the Nassau Coliseum as they square off with our first place Islanders.

The goalie match up tonight features Anders Lindback for the Stars.  Meanwhile,  after his great effort in Thursday nights win against the Bruins, Chad Johnson will get a second consecutive start for the Islanders.

The Islanders lineup will look a bit different tonight as Mikhail Grabovski will return to the lineup taking the spot of the injured Josh Bailey.  Grabovski will be on a line Nikolay Kulemin and Frans Nielsen tonight.  Meanwhile, Anders Lee will be in Grabovskis former spot alongside Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson forming a "kid" line.

Grabovski Activated/Bailey Put On IR

According to Newsday, the Islanders activated Mikhail Grabovski off IR earlier today.  Grabovski had missed the last three games after suffering a concussion in the Islanders victory over the San Jose Sharks last week.

Meanwhile, Josh Bailey was put on IR after breaking his hand in the Islanders victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.  It is unknown how long Bailey will be out but he is expected to miss several weeks.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Josh Bailey Out With Broken Hand

According to Newsday, Islanders forward Josh Bailey is out indefinitely after breaking his hand in the Islanders 3-2 win over the Bruins tonight.

Bailey left the game early in the second period after taking a slash from a Bruins player.  Exactly how long he will miss is unknown right now, but it is expected to be several weeks, according to Newsday.

This is a real shame for Bailey who had actually had a pretty good start to the season.

Isles Snap Losing Streak With 3-2 Win Over Bruins

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Tonight, the Islanders snapped their two game losing streak as they defeated the Bruins by a score of 3-2.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-Good to see another pretty good game from the penalty kill which had been struggling horribly to start the season.  Hopefully, it continues!

-Chad Johnson had a great game tonight, he really did his job and kept the Islanders in it.  I wouldn't be surprised if he is given the start on Saturday as well after his effort tonight.

-Good to see Clutterbuck and Nielsen each put one to the back of the net.  It was a nice little setup from Martin on Clutterbucks goal.



-I said it after Tuesdays game and I will say it again tonight.  I don't understand Cappys obsession with the fourth line, specifically Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.  How Casey Cizikas played more than Frans Nielsen tonight is beyond me.  Additionally, how Martin and Cizikas played more then guys like Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome makes absolutely zero sense.  Its not like you juggling stars with stars here, you have 4th line grinders getting the same amount or even more ice time as top six forwards.  It is really confusing.

-I thought Anders Lee played a solid game tonight in his season debut.  I felt like he had a bit more of an edge in his game than I remembered which is a good thing.  I hope that now he is here, he remains here for the rest of the season.

-Nice goal from Okposo tonight, taking a page out of Tavares book.

-Impressive two way game from Nikolay Kulemin tonight.

-The Islanders need to be better in the third period than they were tonight.  They let to many old bad habits creep back into their game and are very fortunate it didn't cost them.

-The officials were calling absolutely nothing tonight.  There were multiple obvious penalties on the Bruins that for whatever reason went uncalled.

Tonight was a big game for the Islanders attempting to nip this streak down before it became out of hand like they have in years past.  Being able to do so should be a morale booster for the team going forward.  With the team leaving for a tough west coast trip next week, the next two games at home are a really big opportunity for them.

Next Game: Saturday @ Home Vs Dallas

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pre Game: Islanders @ Bruins

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Tonight, our Islanders travel to Boston looking to snap their two game losing streak as they take on Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins.

The goalie match up tonight features former Bruin Chad Johnson in net for the Islanders.  Meanwhile, Niklas Svedberg will be in net for the Bruins. 

The big story line tonight is of course the return of Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk to Boston for the first time since the October 4th trade that sent him to the Islanders in exchange for a couple of draft picks.

On top of that though, the Islanders lineup will look a bit different.  Forward Colin McDonald was sent down to Bridgeport and Anders Lee was called up and will be dressing on the left wing of the Strome and Nelson line.  Additionally, earlier today, Lubomir Visnovsky was activated off IR and will in the lineup tonight alongside Thomas Hickey.  To make room for Visnovsky on the roster Mikhail Grabovski was put on IR yesterday retroactive to last Thursday.  Visnovsky will take Travis Hamonics spot in the lineup tonight who is banged up.

Tonights game is a big one for the Islanders as they look to end their first losing streak of the season.  In order to make the playoffs, nipping these streaks down before they get out of hand will be key for the team.

MSG On The Move?

After years of facing ridicule from Ranger fans on the thought of potential relocation, Islanders fans may soon be able to return the favor, according to capitalnewyork.com.  A report issued by the Alliance for a New Penn Station is suggesting to move Madison Square Garden to a U.S. Postal Service mail sorting facility on Ninth Avenue, according to the site.  The new proposed location would be an approximate 3-7 minute walk from Penn Station, according to the report.

The desire to move MSG is so Penn Station can be rebuilt as it is currently operating over capacity and will only get worse in the years to come.  The report states that Penn Station was built to handle 200,000 people per day.  However, Penn Station currently handles over 600,000 people per day.  MSG moving isn't a new idea as it didn't begin operating in its current location until 1963.  Since the late 80's there have been two separate plans for MSG to move that never came to fruition, according to capitalnewyork.  Last year, a 1 billion dollar renovation on the arena concluded.

This new location suggestion comes after last year when New York City denied Madison Square Gardens request for a license to operate at their current location in perpetuity.  The city issued MSG a ten year permit last year which now has 9 years left.

While this wouldn't be a far move, it is a move nonetheless that will absolutely effect convenience and ride time for patrons of MSG.

Happy Birthday Butch Goring

Yesterday, Islanders legendary player and current broadcaster Butch Goring celebrated his 65th birthday.

Known as the final piece of the puzzle, the Islanders acquired Goring at the trade deadline in 1980 just months before the team started their dynasty.  Goring ended up playing in 332 regular season games as an Islander putting up 195 points in that period of time including 108 assists.  Goring won the 1981 Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs leading the Islanders to their second straight Stanley Cup.  After retiring, Goring went into coaching and actually served as head coach for the Islanders for two seasons in 1999/2000 and 2000/2001.  Later in the decade, Goring made his way back to the Islanders organization serving as the teams occasional sideline reporter as well as a representative for the team on the MSG show Hockey Night Live.  After the Islanders ended their relationship with Billy Jaffe in 2010, Goring was moved to the booth alongside long time Islanders broadcaster Howie Rose and has been there ever since.

We here at savetheisles would like to wish Mr. Goring a very Happy Birthday.