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Some notes off Monday's skate:
-- Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Monday after practice that defenseman Thomas Hickey, who left Saturday's game in Philadelphia after taking a shot off his foot, is “day-to-day.”
Capuano did not provide any further comment regarding Hickey, who is one of the team’s more reliable defenseman. The Islanders’ defense has been marred with key injuries as...Read more »
Aside from Thomas Vanek, the Isles have a pending UFA in defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who is coming off perhaps the most below-market deal anywhere in the NHL (he’s making $550,000 this season).
MacDonald is in line for a huge raise. Given the Isles’ depth woes on defense, one would think talks would have begun to keep him from the open market in July, but nothing has been initiated yet....Read more »
COLUMBUS -- We don’t need another 1200-word breakdown of what’s doing with your Islanders today. But we can dive into some of the bad and some of the good coming out of Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Hurricanes:
-- Atop the list of bad things is the power play, now at 0-for-21 and sliding. It is also 0-for-18 since Thomas Vanek arrived, though John Tavares’ goal in DC was essentially a PPG, since...Read more »
A few notes on the first preseason gameday, with the team in Regina and Calgary and me... not.
-- We’ll have line combos and defense pairings after the Isles skate in Regina later this morning (both game rosters are skating in Regina, then the Calgary group is flying there). But you can assume that Jack Capuano will stick with the lines he drew up for the first four days of training camp,...Read more »
Andrew MacDonald is headed home to Nova Scotia this week, but he'll be back in three weeks to have a metal rod removed from his broken left hand.
MacDonald took Douglas Murray's shot off the back of his hand in Game 4, an injury that the Isles had trouble overcoming.
"I thought the guys played their hearts out in Game 6," he said. "It was just one of those things."...Read more »
Pittsburgh -- Jack Capuano wouldn't say who will play on the top defensive pair with Travis Hamonic in place of Andrew MacDonald, who is out for the remainder of the postseason with a broken hand.
That spot most likely will go to either Brian Strait or Mark Streit. If it's Strait, that would be quite a jump from the beginning of this season, when the Isles scooped him...Read more »
Andrew MacDonald’s pro career has had a few twists and turns -- he started out in Utah of the ECHL and gradually worked his way up to the top pair of the Isles' defense. He’s also played in the playoffs at every level along the way, completing that run with the Isles reaching the postseason:
“It’s safe to say everyone’s dream and goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and making the playoffs is part...Read more »
Andrew MacDonald jokingly called Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey the Isles’ “Twin Towers” defense pair.
But the 5-10 Visnovsky and the 5-10 Hickey have been perhaps the Isles’ steadiest defense pair at even strength. Visnovsky leads the Isles with a plus-12 rating and Hickey is right behind at plus-10.
Five or 10 years ago, no NHL coach would dream of pairing two under 6-foot defensemen...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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Though defenseman Andrew MacDonald, back from hip surgery, regularly is given “maintenance” days — skipping practice on days after games — he was back on the ice Wednesday with no ill effects and described his limited workout routine as nothing more than wise caution.
“After you go through games and stuff, it just tightens up a little bit,” he said. “Just kind of give a day of rest here and...Read more »