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Written by Christian A. | 30 September 2011

The Islanders fell to the Devils, 1-0, at the Prudential Center. The game itself wasn’t monumental, but there were some interesting developments that happened in the 60-minute battle.

In the battle to see who will get the starting job in net for the Islanders, Rick Dipietro may have solidified his spot as the number one.  Dipietro had another solid performance, stopping 20 of 21 shots for a save percentage of .952.  He was not tested to often, but did make several nice saves including an impressive glove save on Adam Henrique during an Islanders penalty kill. The performance by Dipietro should solidify his spot as the number one goaltender, unless Evgeni Nabokov or Al Montoya has an outstanding performance tomorrow against the Bruins.

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In an unfortunate turn of events Nino Niederreiter suffered a groin injury and left the game early in the second period. The team will evaluate him tomorrow. It was widely believed that Niederreiter would make the Islanders roster out of training camp, but that could be put on hold depending on the severity of the injury.

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The Islanders played of their most penalty filled games of the preseason. Michael Haley took seven of the eleven Islander penalties. Most of which were penalties that could have been avoided. To add to it, Ryan Strome received a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding during the final minutes of the game. There is concern that the play could be reviewable by the league and Strome could face supplemental discipline.

The Islanders final preseason game will take place tomorrow when they host the Boston Bruins at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Written by Christian A. | 30 September 2011

(Per the New York Islanders)

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with defenseman Steve Staios. 

Staios, who originally was attending the Islanders Training Camp on a tryout basis, has played in each of the Islanders three preseason games this month and is set to dress against the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center.  

The Hamilton, ON native has played in 936 career National Hockey League games, scoring 56 goals and 156 assists for 212 points.  He has also accumulated 1,269 penalty minutes over the course of his 15-year NHL career.  

Staios, originally drafted in the second round (27th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, played the last two seasons with the Calgary Flames.  In 57 games, he totaled four goals and nine assists for 13 points.  

He played in 573 games over the course of eight seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. Staios recorded 35 goals and 111 assists with the Oilers.  The 6’1, 200 pound defenseman also played two seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, three with the Vancouver Canucks and two with the Boston Bruins.  

Internationally, Staios has represented Team Canada at the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007 World Championships.  He tallied two goals and four assists for six points in 33 games.
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Written by Kenny Cari | 29 September 2011

The Islanders played the Devils for their only home game, beating the Devils, and playing very well.

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Written by Christian A. | 24 September 2011

Forwards

Matt Moulson-John Tavares-Nino Niederreiter

Kyle Okposo-Frans Nielsen-Michael Grabner

Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Strome-Tim Wallace

Matt Martin-Josh Bailey-Trevor Gillies

Defensemen

Mark Streit-Steve Staios

Mark Eaton-Milan Jurcina

Aaron Ness-Travis Hamonic

Goaltenders

Al Montoya, Kevin Poulin

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Written by Christian A. | 23 September 2011



If you are heading to the Isles/Devils game or have some time in your day tomorrow make sure you stop over at Nassau Coliseum to donate blood.

The Islanders and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Coliseum tomorrow, September 24, from 12 pm through 7 pm. Due to Hurricane Irene the Red Cross had to cancel 145 of its’ blood drives and because of that the Red Cross is now short 4,700 units of blood. So a small amount of your time can go along way to help.

As an added bonus, the first 200 blood donors will receive a ticket voucher for two tickets to a weeknight game for the upcoming season. Plus anyone who donates and is attending the Devis/Isles game will be entered into a raffle for the chance to high five the team as they take the ice.

It is encouraged that donors make an appointment ahead of time by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by going to redcrossblood.org.

Also note that to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

So make sure you take an hour out of your day tomorrow and help out your community by donating blood.

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Written by Christian A. | 23 September 2011



Taking a quick minute to step away from the hockey side of things. The ABLI unveiled a privately funded $346.5 million plan for the 77 acre Nassau Coliseum site or as it has come to be known that “Nassau Hub.”

The new plan will be, as aforementioned, privately funded. No specific developer has been named with any ties to the new plan.

According to Newsday $100 million would be spent to renovate the coliseum and expand the current Nassau Coliseum. Which would include raising the height of the building 25 feet and added between 1,000 to 4,000 additional seats.

Also included in the plan is a minor league baseball stadium, a 6,800 car parking garage, indoor ice rink for public use, and 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

In the pictures on Newsday’s website the project renderings only show the Coliseum, ballpark and parking garage. Nowhere do you see retail, restaurants or offices in the renderings.

During media day Charles Wang was asked about the new plan. He replied, "If somebody comes up with anything definitive, we will obviously look at it. I can tell you one thing very definitively. Oct. 8 the puck drops. And we will have a hell of a season."

Town of Hempstead spokesmen, Mike Deery told Newsday. "If and when a proposal comes before the town board, we'll review it, consider it and act accordingly."

The irony of the announcement is that did come the same day the Islanders were hosting media at the coliseum for the team’s annual media day.

Obviously nothing is set in stone and it will be interesting to see how this new plan plays out. Don’t expect the team to address it unless a set in stone plan is in place that everyone, TOH, Mangano, Wang, all can agree on and get behind.

For now the Wang and his staff are focused on exactly what they should be focused on, the upcoming hockey season.

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Written by Christian A. | 22 September 2011



For most of the week at training camp, head coach, Jack Capuano has placed Nino Niederreiter with top liners John Tavares and Matt Moulson.

Many already suspect Niederreiter will make the team right out of training camp and for good reason. Last season Niederreiter exploded in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks; he scored 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points in 55 games. He also left a good impression on anyone who saw him perform in the Islanders two rookie games against the Boston Bruins.

One could assume the Islanders will field the Moulson-Tavares-Niederreiter line during the their preseason game against the Devils on Saturday.

Niederreiter’s line mates, Tavares and Moulson, spoke about their new line mate during Islanders media day.

John Tavares: “Ninos been great, he’s been asking a lot of questions. He works really hard out there. He’s always trying to do the right things out there and I tell him just play his game, use his skill, and most things will work out because of how talented he is. But it’s been great, we’re able to joke around as well.”

Matt Moulson: “The biggest thing you notice about Nino is that he’s an extremely hard worker. He wants to learn things out there, he wants to ask questions and obviously on top of that he’s a highly skilled player. I think he’s a little more physically mature, although last year he was pretty good for a young kid coming in. I think he’s matured beyond his years much like Johnny was when he came in. So I think he’s looking really good and he’s looking to get better each day. At his age he’s only going to go up and get better.”

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