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Written by Christian A. | 25 March 2012

The Islanders get back on the horse tonight when they take on the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center.

The Isles fell to Lightning last night in a game they should have won. Steven Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead, but Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo closed the gap. Matt Moulson gave the Islanders the lead 43 seconds into the third. That lead disappeared when Tom Pyatt scored for Tampa and former Islander Tim Wallace scored the game winner. Al Montoya stopped 22 of 26 shots for the Islanders in the loss and had a .846 save percentage.

Tonight, they’ll face a Panthers team that has had their number all season long. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 4-1 last time they met at the Nassau Coliseum.

Evgeni Nabokov is back in net for the Islanders tonight and Jay Pandolfo will be in the lineup. Capuano has not announced the scratches.

Below is the Florida Panthers projected lineup:




Theodore, Clemmenson

Pre-Game Reading

Michael Fornabaio has the lineups and numbers for this afternoon’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers Vs. Connecticut Whale. Kevin Poulin is playing in his 11th game in 12 days.  (Connecticut Post)

Arthur Staple looks at some of the Isles top prospects and where they will likely be next season. (Newsday)

Could the next few weeks be the end of Al Montoya’s tenure as an Islander? "Obviously, there's no surprises with Nabokov signed now," coach Jack Capuano said. "Al's a great teammate, a great kid and he's trying to help us down the stretch and help himself. You don't know where it's going to go." (Newsday)

Speaking of Nabokov, he likes the Islanders work ethic. (Newsday)

Isles prospect Cory Trivino has caught a small break in his felony case. The DA has dropped six of the most serious charges that could have landed him in jail for at least 20 years. (BU Today)

Quebec City took another step closer to getting an NHL team back. Mayor Regis Lebeaume announced that construction on a brand new $400 million arena will begin in September with hopes to have it completed by 2015. Coyotes fans should be more worried than Isles fans right now. (Pro Hockey Talk)

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Written by Christian A. | 24 March 2012

The Islanders are looking to making it three wins in a row as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Last time these two teams met was back on December 6 at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders came away with a 5-1 win with goals from John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Matt Martin, David Ullstrom and Milan Jurcina. Al Montoya stoped 23 of the 24 shots he faced and put up a .958 save percentage.

Tonight the Islanders will send Montoya back out to defend the net against the lightning. He is making his second start in row since playing on February 20 against the Ottawa Senators.

Milan Jurcina and Jay Pandolfo will be tonight’s scratches for the Isles. Below is tonight’s Islanders lineup:

Matt Moulson-John Tavares-Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey-Frans Nielsen-PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner-Casey Cizikas-David Ullstrom
Nino Niederreiter-Marty Reasoner-Matt Martin

Mark Streit-Dylan Reese
Travis Hamonic-Andrew MacDonald
Steve Staios-Mark Eaton

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Written by Christian A. | 24 March 2012

The Occupational safety and Health administration is inspecting the Nassau Coliseum for asbestos after workers at the arena filed a complaint.

“OSHA opened an inspection at the coliseum on Tuesday in response to a worker complaint,” Ted Fitzgerald, U.S. Department or Labor’s Regional Director for Public Affairs, told Islanders Hockey Blog. “The purpose of the inspection will be to determine if there are any violations of workplace health and safety standards. If the inspection identifies violations, OSHA could issue citations and propose fines to the employer (SMG). The inspection is ongoing. It's too early to estimate a completion date at this time.”

Fitzgerald couldn’t go into any more detail because the inspection is ongoing.

The asbestos came to light yesterday when the lawyer, Joe Dell, representing workers at the building spoke to NBC 4. “I don’t think it’s a safe place and I don’t think it’s a safe place for my clients to work,” he said in the interview.

Workers at the Coliseum are planning to sue both SMG and Nassau County.

“My concern and my clients concern is for there safety,” Dell later added. “Being there everyday and working there everyday in (asbestos).”

The New York Islanders do not play at the Nassau Coliseum until next Thursday, but are aware of the current inspections by the state.

"The Islanders, as the primary tenant, expect that the building owner, Nassau County, and the building facility manager, SMG, will review the allegations and take any and all appropriate action,” Islanders Senior Vice President Michael Picker said in a statement. It is my understanding that the review has already begun. The safety of our fans, players and employees is paramount."

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Written by Christian A. | 21 March 2012

Evgeni Nabokov signed a one-year contract extension with the New York Islanders this morning. According to Bob McKenzi of TSN, the deal is worth $2.75 million.

“I’m thrilled to commit to this team for next season,” Nabokov said in a team press release. “We have a great group in the locker room of young, talented players and we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to have the chance to help get this team back to the playoffs.”

Nabokov took over the reigns as the Islanders number one goaltender in December after Al Montoya was sidelined with a concussion. This season the Russian net minder has gone 17-18-3 with a goals against average of 2.56 and a save percentage of .912.

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow believes that Nabokov can still play at an elite level. “He’s given us a chance to win every night and we’re excited to have him back for another season,” he said in a press release.

The re-signing of Nabokov raises serious doubts that Al Montoya will return to the Islanders for next season. He has seen to limited game action since returning from injury. He’s only appeared in 23 games and has gone 7-6-5.

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Written by Christian A. | 20 March 2012

Newsday is reporting that Anders Lee is staying at Notre Dame for next season, contrary to reports which said he was planning to join the team once his season ended.

According to the report, Lee informed GM Garth Snow over the weekend that he intended to stay at Notre Dame for his junior season.

This past season Lee scored 17 goals and had 17 assists over 40 games for the Irish. Notre Dame’s season ended early after they did not receive an at large bid for the NCAA hockey tournament.

There is some concern that could become an unrestricted free agent by exploiting a loophole in the current CBA that says a college hockey player must be signed before the fourth June following his draft year. If they aren’t the player could become an unrestricted free agent and Lee’s fourth June is coming up next summer.

This situation happened last summer to the Islanders last summer when Jason Gregoire, an Islander third round pick in 2007, exploited the loophole and became a free agent. He eventually signed with the Winnipeg Jets.

But there is no indication that Lee will leave the organization and Newsday noted that the loophole will most likely closed during CBA negotiations.

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Written by Christian A. | 19 March 2012

Islanders fan favorite Michael Haley could be facing supplementary discipline following a fight filled game on Sunday afternoon between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Worcester Sharks.

According to Sharks Page.com, Haley jumped Mike Moore, captain of the Sharks, and bloodied his nose during the ensuing fight. Both wound up in the penalty box from the scuffle with Haley getting extra penalty minutes. Moore went off to have his nose fixed before returning and heading to the penalty box to serve his time. With no stoppages in play Moore and Haley both left the penalty box at the same time and would immediately go at it again. They were both handed five-minute majors for fighting and game misconducts for fight while leaving the penalty box.

Under the AHL’s rule 70.4, the pair could receive a six game suspension for their actions. The league will review the case.

Earlier in the first Trevor Gillies and Frazer McLaren dropped the gloves. Then at the 16:23 mark of the first period, Brodie Reid and Tyler McNeely were sent off for fight.

The Sound Tigers fell to the Sharks 5-2 after a bad second period which saw them allow four goals.

h/t: Lighthouse Hockey

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Written by Christian A. | 17 March 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Tonight the Islanders will take on the Montreal Canadiens north of the border. The Islanders will be looking to snap a five game losing streak.


The Islanders will start Al Montoya tonight in net. It will be the first game action for Montoya since February 20 and his first start since February 16. Capuano also said that Steve Staios, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury, and Jay Pandolfo are the scratches.

Below are the lineups for tonight’s matchup:

New York Islanders

Matt Moulson-John Tavares-Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey-Frans Nielsen-PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner-Casey Cizikas-David Ullstrom
Nino Niederreiter-Marty Reasoner-Matt Martin

Mark Streit-Dylan Reese
Travis Hamonic-Andrew MacDonald
Milan Jurcina-Mark Eaton

Montreal Canadiens


St. Denis-Campoli

Video of the Day:

The Islanders married Weldon Malone and his fiancé Donna on the Nassau Coliseum ice prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers.  Weldon has to undergo surgery to take out a piece of his skull and his fiancé wrote the team. Nice of the Isles to something to lift his spirits prior to his surgery and hey, if you can find any women willing to marry you on a hockey rink in an ageing hockey arena……Marry her.

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