While we all nurse our World Series hang over’s, iv started to contemplate what the return of Rick Dipietro will really mean for the Islanders. I mean he’s just their franchise player (well at least he used to be, he’s been demoted to franchise goalie.)
Drafted in 2000, the Boston College protégé was picked up at the cost of losing Roberto Luongo (for better or worse) and has had solid career when healthy. Including representing his country in the 2006 Winter Olympics and playing in the 2008 All Star Game.
2008 Would also be the start of a long stint of injuries for the All Star.
I also don’t think it’s coincidental that the Islanders don’t play as well as when DP is in fully healthy. In the three and a half seasons Dipietro was healthy, the Isles made the play offs twice and in the 2007-2008, the Islanders were in the playoff hunt up until March.
In his two best seasons as an Isle, he post a .911 save percentage along with a 2.36 goals against average and .919 save percentage and 2.58 goals against average.
when healthy Dipietro is an All Star caliber net minder and the Islanders performance when he starts shows it. The 2009-2010 Islanders are a team with plenty of potential, which was highlighted during their four game win streak.
The wait is on now to see when/if Ricky comes back between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday and if he’s still the same all star caliber net minder we all remember. Only time will tell, but if history is any indication and Dipietro is healthy, the Islanders chances of success this season greatly increase.
Islanders fans, here's what you should watch out for in tonights game courtasy of Darren at Running with the Devils.
Patrick Elias will make his season debut tonight against the Islanders and Yann Denis will be in net to face his former team (Denis beat the Bruins 2-1 last week which was his only appearance of the season so far). Rob Niedermayer will not be available for tonight's game due to an Upper Body Injury suffered during the Capitals game Wednesday night. Niedermayer joins Jay Pandolfo, Paul Martin, and Johnny Oduya among the unavailable players due to injury, a list that seems to grow every game
Some other things to note:
- The Devils are 7-0 on the road, and less than stellar at home with a 2-4 record but are coming off a 3-2 victory over the Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals Wednesday night.
- The Devils' record much better than that of the Islanders but the special teams and 5-on-5 play is certainly NOT the reason. PP: NYI-18.5%, NJ-17.6% | PK: NYI-80.4%, NJ-81.8% | 5-on-5 GF/GA: NYI-0.82, NJ-0.90
- The Islanders remain near the top of the league (6th) at winning face-offs with 51.9%, while the Devils are 16th at 49.2%.
- The Islanders have had a handful of games go into extra frames and have lost five times while the Devils have only tied three games, taking the shootout bonus point all three time.
Should be a tough game, especially the way the Islanders have been playing lately and coming off an eye opening loss to the Sabres I would expect them to come out with a little extra tonight. No Niedermayer, Pandolfo or Martin scares me into thinking that Tavares may get some good opportunities tonight. If the Devils pull out another win at home, it will come from the stick of Parise or Bergfors.no comments
Of late, the New York Islanders have been on an up-swing. They've won their last 4 games, giving them a winning record of 5-4-5, and if the playoffs were to start tomorrow, we'd qualify for the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. What's happened? In our first 6 we were winless and had a record of 0-3-3!
What finally clicked with this team is what i've been talking about, team synergy, everyone working together. Coach Scott Gordon hasn't changed his line combinations since last Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Our 1st forward line, consisting of Kyle Okposo, John Tavares, and Matt Moulson has combined for 5 goals in the last 4 games. Not to mention scoring coming from elsewhere, like LW Jeff Tambellini, who put up a hat trick Saturday night, or Defenseman Brendan Witt who had his first career two-goal game last night. And in other news, rookie-phenom John Tavares has 5 goals, (11 pts) in 14 games.
Goaltending-wise, Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron are sporting a 9.14 and 9.11 SV% respectively and only a 2.7 GAA. Judging from what i've seen, Roli' and Marty will be able to hold the fort pretty well until Rick DiPietro becomes healthy enough to start games, (making Roloson & Biron serious trade bait).
Of course every season will have some downturns, but if the Islanders can keep it up, you're looking at a serious, playoff-caliber team. I didn't say the Islanders are going to win the cup just yet, but in comparison to our last few, it's been a pretty damn good start.no comments
It was the Oilers first trip back to the Coliseum since December of 2005 and it was Steve Tamballini's second trip in two 3 days. The Oilers also had not won in the Coliseum since 1999 and the Islanders made sure it stayed that way.
The Oilers opened up the scoring in the first with a lucky bounce off the toe of Radik Martinek that would get by Roloson, the goal was credited to Ethan Moreau at 11:02. A few minutes later the Oilers had anothe great opportunity, but were denied by Roloson who made a big save. The Islanders stayed determined through and kept work t make opportunities, it payed off. Doug Weight took down two Oilers behind the Oiler net leaving allowing Matt Moulson to pick the puck up and give it a the wide open John Tavares who tied the game at one. At the point momentum shifted for the Isles as they continued to pressure the Oiler net creating several scoring chances in front of the net. The go ahead goal though, would come from an unlikely defenseman, Brendan Witt. Firing a lose shot, Witt beat Khabibulin to give the Islanders the 2-1 lead. Then Witt sealed the Islanders win by firing another shot from the point that once again got by Khabibulin, Guaranteeing an Isles win, giving him his first career two goal game, and coming within inches of a hat trick goal. no comments
Today while searching for videos of the fights that took place at the Islanders/Rangers game Wednesday night, I stumbled upon a video, thatfor some reason made me very agitated. Watch the video and then continue:
WhatI did not realize after watching this video was who shot it, if you read the video title it says Opie's Eye. If you don't pick up on it, don't worry neither did I untillI followed the links. It was none other than Opie, from the Opie and Anthony show on XM satellite radio.
Opie, who attended the game, was embarrassed by the "minor league" Chuck-A-Puck promotion the Islanders had during the intermission. You can hear in thevideoOpie and his friendgiving their input on it, "Stupid" and"This isminor League Shit." Opiealso tweeted, "I'm so embarrassed by what they did between periods at the Islander game last night."If you think about it,it sort of is in a way, most NHL teams to my knowldegedo not have anything like this, but can be seen in many AHL and other junior league arenas. It was seen back at the coliseum when ths Sound Tigers played the Penguins in the AHL playoffs and seemed to be a big hit. So i assume the Islanders brass thought they'd try it out with the Isles.
What irks me about these comments is, whats the big deal? Is ourhockey team judged on their in game promotions or their play on the ice. I look as these comments and see someone who is way too nit picky about every single detail and needs to just lighten up.Going to a game is suppose to be a fun, family friendly experience and whileit may get out ofhand (especially atan Isles/Ragsgame) the promotions and in game entertainment is geared toward that. If that is "minor league" than so be it, if it's stupid so be it,this is one areai have to say, just let itgo forgod's sake. IS IT THAT BIG OF A DEAL.
For the record though this was not aimed at Opie in particular, he just had the remarks that inspired this post. Also their is one thing i would suggest doing, maybe give the arena hostes a pair flat shoes and a pairof jeans (or atleast a longer skirt). Come on how is she really suppose to walk the ice and bend over to pick up a puck without having to try (really hard)not to show more than she wants to.