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OTTAWA--NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he would “find it hard to believe” a deal will not be worked out to replace or refurbish Nassau Coliseum, thus keeping the Islanders on Long Island, before the lease expires in 2015.
"They still have three-and-a-half years to go,” Bettman said in an informal session following a news conference here during All-Star Weekend. “I find it hard to...Read more »
Evgeni Nabokov has been steady in goal this season -- when he hasn’t been hampered by groin problems. He’s ready to return from his second bout with the same injury. "It feels good, I had full practice," he said Monday at Ice Works.
Groin injuries in hockey are common place, especially for goalies. "I don't think it’s a natural movement for the human body to have skates on and...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 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 »
Richard Park had a big goal and a huge role for the Penguins against his former team in his former home. His goal 21 seconds into the second period was important in giving the Penguins the momentum. It also gave them a 2-0 lead on the way to a 3-0 win over the Islanders at the Coliseum.
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Butch Goring says hockey players have long memories, so he expects the Islanders to bring some fire to Tuesday night's game against the Penguins at Nassau Coliseum. Goring, a four time Stanley Cup champion, is a TV analyst and was making the rounds at practice Monday. Media asked team members about facing the Penguins -- who brawled with the Isles last season -- and what impact that might have in...Read more »
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 »