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What did John Tavares ever do to Winnipeg?
You couldn't help notice that every time he touched the puck Tuesday night, he received serious boos, the way a particularly unfriendly player gets them when he returns to a hostile environment.
That was mentioned to him after the morning skate here on Thursday in St. Louis. He knew all about it. He said the very vocal fans in...Read more »
The Islanders put forward Jay Pandolfo on injured reserve before Monday morning's practice at Nassau Coliseum. The 36-year-old, who was relied on in his role as a penalty killer, broke his foot in a game against the Devils two weeks ago. He will be out until January.
Defenseman Andrew MacDonald was also placed on injured reserve. MacDonald leads the team with 60 blocked shots.
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The Islanders are awaiting further tests on Nino Niederreiter before deciding how long the 19-year-old forward will be sidelined. Niederreiter displayed concussion-like symptoms after taking a forearm to the head from Stars' defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period of Saturday's 5-4 victory in Dallas.
"Anytime one of your players gets hurt, everybody has a concern,'' coach Jack Capuano...Read more »
The Islanders host Winnipeg Thursday and the starting goaltender for the Isles will be ... As usual, one of three choices.
Jack Capuano has no intention of breaking up his trio of goalies or naming one as a starter over the other two. He said Evgeni Nabokov, who is back practicing after sustaining a lower body injury against the Penguins last week, "is feeling better, so that's a good...Read more »
Goalie Rick DiPietro, after another full practice since returning from a concussion and with the potential of getting his first action in Pittsburgh Thursday night, dismissed any notion that the game would have echoes of last February’s events there — when DiPietro challenged Penguins goalie Brent Johnson and ended up with a broken bone in his face.
It’s nothing to even think about, DiPietro...Read more »
Less is more when the Islanders consider how few goals they are scoring — two per game so far.
“You try not to put it too much in their heads,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of his team’s 3-0 loss to Pittburgh Tuesday night — the second time they were shut out in seven games going into Thursday night’s rematch in Pittsburgh. “Obviously, there were some deficiencies in our game that we...Read more »
Neither headless nor heedless, goalie Rick DiPietro has returned from his latest concussion. He went through a full practice with the Islanders on Wednesday and flew with the team to Florida for its two-day road trip, against Tampa on Thursday and on Florida Saturday.
He is not worried about getting popped on the head again after taking teammate Brian Rolston’s shot on the mask during practice...Read more »
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on John Tavares, who is tied for the lead league in goals (5) and points (8) after four games:
“I think the biggest thing is, once you mature as a player, you understand puck protection. When he does have the puck on his stick more, he’s knows that he’s dangerous. Maybe early on in his career, with that first check coming in, time and space is limited, and...Read more »
For those immersed in the microscopic study and analysis of Islanders’ policy, forward Blake Comeau — after being scratched from Saturday’s game against the Rangers in favor of Trevor Gillies — skated Monday on a line with Josh Bailey and Brian Rolston. And, to further read the tea leaves, Comeau was back on the left wing, with Rolston on the right, as opposed to their recent positioning.
That’s...Read more »