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Use Em' or Lose Em' and game day quick hits | January


Welcome to another installment of Use Em' or Lose Em', this week we will be spotlighting two more Islanders players:

Jeff Tamballini: Tamballini has been a very on again off gain player who has been up and down from Bridgeport to Long Island for so long he has his a special seat reserved for him on Port Jeff ferry. So far he's matched his goal total from last season, 7, and has nearly matched his points total. He's appeared in 24 games, and recorded his first career hat trick back on Halloween night 2009. However he has failed to score a goal sine November 23 in Toronto. To make matters worse for the kid, he has been an on and off scratch since the arrival of Rob Schremp, who seems to have found his niche in Gordon's system, and hasn't played in two weeks. It seems management is scared to let him go in fear that he will become a consistent, quality player somewhere else, but after five years with the Islanders organization I say it's to set Tamby free.

Andy Sutton:Coming off an injury laden season Andy Sutton has stepped up to one of, if not the best Islanders defenseman this season. He leads the team in block shots, also making the list as one of the league leaders in that category, has been a BIG presence on defense laying into opposing teams heavy and hard, all while also managing to help further develop young D-man Jack Hillan. Sutton's contract runs out after this season and it would be wise for the Isles to hold onto this stand up veteran who knows how to bring a tower of power and pain.





Islanders get set to take on the struggling Devils from Jersey. Last night the Devils fell to Montreal 3-1 last night at the Prudential Center. The Islanders come into tonights game hot defeating some of the leagues best, including the Devils. The Devils will be without Paul Martin, David Clarkson, Dainius Zubrus, Patrik Elias, and Rod Pelley. Starting in net for the Islanders will be Rick Dipietro (2-0) Vs Martin Brodeur (30-15-1) for the Devils. Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank is speculating to nights rematch vs the Devils will be a sellout and after last Monday's turn out I wouldn't be surprised.



Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins (1:00 PM)

Carolina Hurricanes @ Philadelphia Flyers (1:00 PM)

Pheonix Coyotes @ Washington Capitals (7:00 PM)

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Florida Panthers (7:00 PM)

Los Angeles Kings @ Detroit Red Wings (7:00 PM)

Atlanta Thrashers @ Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 PM)

Amahiem Ducks @ St. Louis Blues (8:00 PM)

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Minnesota Wild (9:00 PM)

Chicago Blackhawks @ Vancouver (10:00 PM)

Buffalo Sares @ San Jose Sharks (10:30 PM)