29 October 2010
The Islanders are back at home for the second of two meetings with the Montreal. On Wednesday, the Habs beat the Islanders in a game Blake Comeau described as one the Isles "didn't really deserve to win." A game the Isles were outshot 35 to 21. "The score obviously could have been a lot worse if Roloson didn't make some big saves for us," comeau said following today's morning skate. As for today's game the young Islander simple put it, "we have to get off to a better start. "We have to come out earlier and play a full sixty minutes."
As for the starters tonight Dwayne Roloson will be in net for the Islanders and on the other side will be Alex Auld for the Canadians. Auld will get his first start of the season for the Habs. In the lineup for the Islanders will also be Trent Hunter, but the most surprising will be Bruno Gervais making his season debut......................AS A Forward! Gervais will play the position for second time in his life; the first was at the age of 12 in pee wee hockey. During a day when Gervais's Pee Wee hockey team had a to play a tourney game in the afternoon and a regular season game in the evening, his then coach bought everyone McDonalds in between the games. The coach let the kids have seven up on the bench and allowed the players to pick their own positions. "That was the last time I played forward," Gervais told reporters. Coming back to the present Gervais will be paired on a line with Jon Sim and Zenon Konopka for tonight's match up. "I don't think we're going to be a tic tack toe line," Gervais said. "But were going to try to make it hard for them to play and were going to be physical, create some momentum, and create some cycling in their zone and stuff like that."
CURBING THE TREND
As far as curbing their losing streak John Tavares and Blake Comeau both have similar ideas on how to do just that. "Our specialty teams have to keep stepping up for us," Comeau said following today's morning skate. "We have to generate some 5 on 5 goals. You know it's something we can't do here and there, it's something we have to make an all the time thing." Tavares added to that when asked about how to turn things around. "We have to Get back to the things that made us successful before," said Tavares. "Being harder on our fore check and bringing more pace to our game. We have to limit our turnovers and play the game the right way. Play the way we play the game, instead of falling into the other teams hands."
The Islanders announced today that Rob Schremp has been assigned to a conditioning stint up in Bridgeport. Schremp has not played this season after suffering a lower back injury during the preseason.
EL NINO REACTION
Yesterday the Islanders announced their decision to send Nino Niederreiter back to the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks. So I asked around about the one they call "El Nino" and here is what I got back.
John Tavares: "Nino is going to be a great player for us short term and long term. Sometimes it's best for somebody to get that experience back down in juniors. We were a lot deeper this year so when guys like Robbie, and Grabner, and eventually Kyle come back it's going to be tough for him to find his way, maybe get the ice time he should be getting at his age and experience. I know he took [being sent down] really well, he took it like a great professional and we're excited about his future."
Blake Comeau: "I think it's a management decision and obviously they're doing what they think is best for him. From what I understand Portland has a really good team. Nino is going to be a great player in this league; I think people forget that he just turned 18. He's a good player and an even better kid off the ice. Everyone got along with him, everyone wishes him the best and everyone is obviously going to keep tabs on him"
Finally, if you're going to the game remember Tim Horton's will make their Long Island debut only at the Coliseum. So defiantly try it.