Pock Speculation (TSN Five games) Sens Recall

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My guess is the league will go light on Thomas Pock and either not suspended him at all or make sure he is out for the rematch on Saturday unless Colin Campbell given Ruutu is also suspended for Saturday wants to go with the two game trend.

Or Colin Campbell could set just continue setting league records for suspending Islanders.

Good trivia question today for everyone. Who was the last Islander suspended before Chris Simon and were not including Sean Hill here.

An actual Islander player who was suspended for an illegal play?

Updated 4:00pm:
Tsn.ca/Canadian Press Reports from their sources Thomas Pock was given a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators' winger Ryan Shannon last night.

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Newsday Islander Insider/Notables

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Newsday: Newsday's Islander Insider has Mr Logan's feature with comments from Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley about when happened years ago when they could have been drafted by the Islanders along with a few words on the Coliseum along with how good they could have been here.

The Insider also includes head coach Scott Gordon and what he needs to do as a new coach to evaluate the young players beyond statistics which also included Tim Jackman. Mr Bettman discusses the NHL outdoor game with Mr Logan's slant the Islanders were given less consideration despite Mr Bettman or the league ever saying any such thing.

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Oh, the agony of Newsday's coverage.

MacDonald, Skinner Earning Spots

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I know when a team is at the bottom of the league to write about positives can be called reaching by some but to not credit MacDonald for his outstanding play overall since opening night would not be telling the Islanders story very well.

Most Islander fans were not doing cartwheels when he received a one-way contract which many felt was the beginning for the end for Wade Dubielewicz but to this point MacDonald has played like a number one goaltender is this league on a club with so many critical players out regardless of where he played last season.

This is a goaltender who has had other looks in the NHL and it did not last, he played well in Bridgeport last season but not to a level where he was dominating with some shaky stretches.

Islander Offense Improved

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No cause to plan the parade for the New York Islanders in the Canyon of Hero's
come June but it does have to be written with Frans Nielsen, Okposo, Tambellini, Bergenheim, Bailey and even Nate Thompson this club is producing more goals than it did a year ago as opposed to when it had Satan, Vasicek, Fedotenko.

Of course at this time a year ago Vasicek was scoring and Fedotenko had a good beginning and the offensive numbers do not lie the Islander young players so far are not scoring many goals.

What is different? Hunter, Weight (assist) and of course Mark Streit are a big part of this but to this point whether you want to claim NHL scoring is up at least in terms of goals per game have improved with this system and that's with a lot of injuries.

We all know the end result still is much worse than a year ago at this time.

By contrast here was the two goals or less in fourteen game stretch last season where

Islanders 3, Sens 1: The future is now

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Okposo (Bailey, Campoli).

That stat line says it all. It's why we're watching. In a season where the playoff expectations are as low as Bush's approval rating, seeing how the Islanders' young players develop is what it is all about.

So to see Kyle Okposo score a goal with assists from rookie Josh Bailey and Chris Campoli -- three players who could be the core of this team for the next decade -- was for me the high point of the Islanders' 3-1 victory at Ottawa Thursday night.

Bailey may only be up for a nine-game tryout, but there are indications, particularly with Mike Comrie hurting and being otherwise unproductive, that the Isles may let Bailey stick with the big club for the duration of the season, the way so many other NHL teams are allowing their rookies to shine.

At minimum, it gives fans another reason to buy a ticket. At best, Bailey could pay immediate dividends on the ice as well.

NY Islanders vs Ottawa Senators 11/13/2008 Highlights Video

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A win is a win.  I watched the entire game and I am not sure if the game was more of the Islanders doing well or the Senator's doing poorly.  Either way, Joey MacDonald stood on his head on several occasions and he helped snag the 2 points for the Isles.  Josh Bailey notched his first point on the power play with an assist on a goal by Kyle Okposo.


Isles Veto Senators In Ottawa

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Game Recap

Isles Take Care of Business in 3-1 Win Over Sens

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See what happens when the powerplay works?

It’s almost like a different team out there.

Add in a much better third period as well and the Isles now have some positive momentum for the first time in a few weeks.

With Radek Martinek’s return a possibility on Saturday, things have the possibility of getting even better in the near future as well.

Overall, the defense was solid and Joey MacDonald was extra sharp. For most of the season, despite the injuries, the defense has been solid, but has had lapses in consistency, which hasn’t made things easier for the team’s struggling offense.

Not last night.

Andy Sutton was solid in front of the net and the other veterans on the Isles really held their ground. If this team is going to save their season, that’s going to have to continue.

Good stuff.

Islander News Articles 11/14

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Newsday: Greg Logan has the Islanders post-game article without quotes at this time.

Mr Logan's Friday Islander Insider will partially look back at the youth movement from 2002 with Spezza-Heatley vs Scott Gordon's long-term view as it applies to the prospects today.

Ottawa Citizen: Ken Warren's article even notes all the Islanders missing from the lineup which the local papers barely tough on at all. Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch article has comments from Senators coach Craig Hartsburg along with blog coverage here from a staff that includes Don Brennan and Chris Stevenson.

New York 3, Ottawa 1

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Sports Network: Has the recap of the Islanders 3-1 win in Ottawa against the Senators Thursday.

AP: Has the recap of the Islanders win along with the Canadian Press here.

Islanders Look to Attack Ottawa!

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Well, it never fails - no matter what time of day, the weather or anything else that can have some sort of “effect” on whatever it is writers use to get their creative juices, there is always at least ONE (or more…) who just have to drag the Islanders name through the mud. In this specific case, an article out of Ottawa (not even Garrioch mind you) but an unnamed writer on CBCSports

How do you spell relief for your worst beating of the season? NYI.

That’s the common abbreviation for the New York Islanders, the sad-sack team against which the reeling Senators open a home-and-home series on Thursday night in Ottawa (7:30 p.m. ET).

Luckily, the Islanders appear to be just the tonic for any queasy feelings that may be lingering in Ottawa.

New York at Ottawa 7:30pm Msg+

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Islanders website/AP: Has the preview for tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.

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First thing I read about tonight's game was the struggling Islanders are 24th in league scoring. I know that's not very good but compared to last year when this group was getting ready to score two goals or less in fourteen straight it's a vast improvement with a lot of injuries.

No lineup changes at this time (unless Martinek returns) which means Josh Bailey plays NHL game number two and Mike Comrie who was last years leading scorer for the
Islanders does not play against a team he had a great game against last time the club went to Ottawa winning a very rare game.

View From the Ice with Dan Rice

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NHL News & Notes

Trent Hunter, must i say more?

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Trent Hunter..Must I even say more?Actually I think I should.

Islanders, Senators PreGame Thoughts

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Over the past few years, the Ottawa Senators have pretty much had their way with the Islanders.

However, things haven’t been going all that well for them and if the Islanders play smart, they may just be able to sneak out of dodge with a win.

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Islander News Articles 11/13

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National Post: Ken Warren has comments from Senators gm Bryan Murray critical of his star players while the Sporting News here reports on Jarkko Ruutu's suspension, Ryan Shannon's recall and line juggling for the slumping Senators going into Thursday's game against New York.

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I wonder how long before Garth Snow shows a little temper he was known for as a player? He cannot be thrilled with some players performance despite injuries.

Ottawa Citizen: James Gordon reports Alex Auld will be in goal against the Islanders on Thursday.

Binghampton at Bridgeport (St Johns NF) 6pm

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Sound Tigers.com: Previews tonight's game and reports Nate Lawson will start in goal along with both teams travels going from PEI to Nova Scotia.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in his Sound Tigers blog reports tonight's game in St Johns NF has been moved back a half hour to a 6pm start time.

Dustin Kohn and Blake Comeau could play tonight along with several subjects.

Mr Fornabaio may have another live blog for those looking for updates beyond AHL.com in game.

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Islander/Sound Tigers/NHL Notables

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Islanders website: Jason Lockhart has the weekly prospect watch.

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All Islander Prospect Watches back to last season are archived on NYI Fan Central Prospects Blog by date order.

NHL.com: Released it's voting page for the NHL All-Star game, seems a bit slow to work on day one.

Newsday: Greg Logan has Doug Weight's comments in the Islanders Newsday blog about Bailey learning to play at this level and the youth movement while pointing out the significant injuries this team has had while at the same time now allowing it as an excuse.

AC/DC, the NHL and Bucci

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John Buccigross' column on ESPN.com is a must-read for me and anyone who loves hockey. His latest column -- or blogumn, as he likes to call it -- posits that AC/DC's "Back in Black" should be the soundtrack to the NHL.

I was moved to email John because AC/DC and the NHL have always been linked for me. I also wanted to let him know that I enjoy his weekly tributes to the late Jack Falla, hockey writer and professor at Boston University. Here's what I sent this morning:


I graduated from BU in 1989 and while I didn't take any of Jack Falla's classes (I was a Broadcasting and Film major), I saw him quite a bit at Terriers men's hockey games, which I covered for the student newspaper, The Daily Free Press. Reading the heartfelt tributes from his former students makes me wish I knew him better.

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