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Islanders Hockey Blog | Page 26

Written by Christian A. | 26 October 2011

The Islanders are in the midst of a three game slump and many fans would expect some change to the Islanders lineup for tomorrow’s rematch against the Pittsburgh Penguins. But according to Islanders head coach Jack Capuano it hasn’t crossed his mind.

“As a coach you think about that,” Capuano said following Tuesdays 3-0 loss to the Penguins. “But I mean we had 33 shots tonight, we had 17-18 scoring chances tonight. It’s not like we played real bad or poorly. I thought that the guys worked hard and they created some offense, so it hasn’t really crossed my mind yet.”

John Tavares was also asked about the possibilities of line changes after last night’s game.

“I don’t know,” Tavares said in response.  “I mean I think tonight’s the best, in the last few games, where we generated chances and offense and guys were skating well and the forecheck was much better. I’m not sure, but whatever happens we still have to be a little better in some areas and find a way to put a few more in the net.”

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Written by Christian A. | 26 October 2011

Not Islanders news, but a very cool development for The Fourth Period. Below is the press release:

Toronto, ON and Los Angeles, CA – The Fourth Period, one of hockey’s leading destinations, announced today that its “The Fourth Period LIVE” show will expand to a Saturday three hour program prior to Sirius/XM Home Ice’s play by play coverage.  Debuting November 5, the show will air at 4PM Eastern on Sirius 92/XM 207 and be co-hosted by Daniel Kingerski, the show’s current host, and David Pagnotta, TFP’s Editor-in-Chief.

“This is huge for The Fourth Period. It’s a great opportunity for fans to get a full preview of Saturday’s games. Many listeners of Home Ice want the latest before matches. We’ll give it to them through our network and will be a must listen,” said Pagnotta from his Toronto office.

“We are very thankful to the entire team at the network including Joe Thistel, for taking our show to the next level. The Fourth Period LIVE will be more combative, exciting and passionate. It's always fun dissecting the game we love,” stated Kingerski, who continues as a show co-host.

“Sirius/XM believes in our brand through the success of our men’s lifestyle magazine and website. The Fourth Period LIVE is the perfect brand extension from a radio standpoint and we thank them for this opportunity,” conveyed Dennis Bernstein, an executive producer and newly announced regular for the show.

Utilizing live in-market updates from TFP’s team of reporters throughout the league, and other NHL insiders, The Fourth Period LIVE will give listeners up-to-the-minute news prior to the puck being dropped.

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Written by Christian A. | 26 October 2011

Uniondale, NY -- The Islanders lost their third straight game last night; losing 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum.

Pascal Dupuis scored at 17:06 in the first period give the Pens the 1-0 lead. Then a pair of ex-Islanders put the Penguins up by two goals 21 seconds into the second period. Richard Park placed a shot past Evgeni Nabokov with Arron Asham getting the assist. Jordon Staal sealed the win with an empty net goal with two minutes left in the game to make it a 3-0.

The Offense:

The Islanders may have played one of their best games during this three game losing streak. Through 60 minutes they put 33 shots on net and created good scoring opportunities.

“Well I think a lot of guy brought a little more speed to tonight game tonight,” PA Parenteau said after the game. “I think we have to generate offense, we have to get our legs going and I think a lot of guys did that especially the forwards. That’s a good sign.”

John Tavares added, “I mean I think tonight’s the best, in the last few games, where we generated chances and offense and guys were skating well and the forecheck was much better.”

Head coach Jack Capuano said that the Isles had 17-18 scoring chances.

Marc-André Fleury:

Fleury made 32 saves to shutout the Islanders and looked outstanding for all 60 minutes.  At times when the Islanders had momentum and scoring opportunities Fleury kept his team ahead. He was their best penalty killer as well. The Islanders did not convert on either of their power play chances in large part due to Fleury.

“Fleury, I think he had a real strong game,” Parenteau said about Fleury. “We had a lot of good chances, we generated offense tonight, but at the end of the day thats not enough. You have to bear down; you have to score on your scoring opportunities and we didn’t do that tonight. That’s the story of the game and I think especially are line we had a lot of jam early on and we couldn’t get one past Fleury. He had a really good game.”

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Written by Christian A. | 26 October 2011

Uniondale, NY -- Milan Jurcina and Nino Niederreiter are making progress to return to the Islanders lineup.

“Jurcina , I think, is ready to go when called upon,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said following his teams 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Nino should skate with the team if not by the end of the week then by the first of the week.”

Both players have yet to suit for the Islanders this season due to groin injuries suffered during training camp.

Jurcina has participated in the Islanders last two practices and was on the ice Tuesday morning skating. Niederreiter skated along with Jurcina Tuesday morning.

Jurcina could be ready to return to the Islanders lineup in the coming games.

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Written by Christian A. | 22 October 2011

The Islanders went 0-2 during their two game road trip to Florida, with their most recent loss coming tonight against the Florida Panthers.

The Islanders managed to keep the game close up until the very end, although the team played another game in which their offense was less than par to what it should be. Through two periods the Islanders recorded just 10 shots on net. Their opponents had 24.  And it wasn’t until the third period that the Islanders found the desperation that they should have had through the first two periods.

Mark Streit put the Islanders in the lead 1:01 into the first period on a power play goal. The Islanders would not sustain the offensive pressure and allowing the Panthers to control the play for a majority of the first and second period. The Panthers eventually tied the game up at one off a Kris Versteeg goal.

In the second the Panthers captured the lead off a backhand goal by Matt Bradley at 13:39. The goal lit a spark underneath the Islanders and they managed to tie the game on a power play goal by John Tavares. At 14:32. Mark Streit placed directed a shot at the stick of Tavares and he was able to redirect the shot past Jose Theodore.  The Panthers regained the lead in the third period after a tip in goal by Tim Kennedy four minutes in. They sealed the win with an empty net goal by Shawn Matthias in the final minute of the game for a 4-2 victory over the Islanders.

This is the second game in a row the Islanders have looked flat for a large portion of a game and have been unable to sustain any pressure on an opponent. The lack of offense is now a major concern for the Islanders, especially with a home and home against the Penguins this coming week.

However, the Islanders did have a successful night on special teams. The penalty kill unit killed both Panther power play opportunities and the power play unit scored both New York Islanders goals in the game. They were able to sustain pressure on the Florida Panthers when they were out there, but late in the game they could not produce a goal when they needed to the most. A large part of that has to do with the goaltending of Jacob Markstrom, who came into the game late and stopped al 18 shots he faced. Markstrom made key saves during the Islanders 5 on 3 and 5 on 4 power play opportunities late in the game.

Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau, who played 12:18 and 13:42 respectively, were relatively unnoticeable through most of the game. Comeau did have good scoring opportunity early in the game, but did not play the way he should have played after sitting the past two games in the press box.

The Islanders come back home to face the Penguins on Tuesday, expect some changes to be made between now and then to fix the lack of offensive production.

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Written by Christian A. | 21 October 2011

Last nights 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning exposed flaws in the 2011-12 Islanders, mainly the lack of secondary scoring.

Through the first five games the Islanders have primarily had their scoring come from the top line of Tavares, moulson and Parenteau, but have not gotten much production out of their other three lines. Okposo led the team with four shots on goal last night, but there was no cohesiveness with his linemates Nielson and Grabner.  By the second period head coach Jack Capuano had begin to make adjustments to his lines, primarily swapping Brian Rolston and Kyle Okposo.

“Our line combinations, for what ever reason, we couldn’t generate offense,” Capuano said in a post-game interview with MSG Plus. “There’s a good chance (of a shake up in lines) happening. Some guys deserve more of an opportunity, maybe some more minutes, but nothing to panic about yet.”

The players too understand that they need to produce more points.

“Still we gotta create more offense,” Grabner said. “Still not playing like we did last year, gotta get more pucks to the net, keep our legs moving a little more and feed off each other.”

The Islanders will have a chance on Saturday to get things back on course when they finish their two game trip Florida trip in Sunrise to take on the Panthers. Capuano will most likely make some adjustments to the lineup. Hopefully stimulating the offense to produce more.

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Written by Kenny Cari | 17 October 2011

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