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Jack Capuano admitted he’s not a “stat guy” after the Islanders’ latest debacle on Tuesday -- don’t get excited, advanced-stats gang, he wasn’t even talking about those -- but even he had to mention the most ridiculous of all the ridiculous numbers coming out of this 8-15-5 team.
The Islanders are now 0-13-3 when scoring two goals or fewer. In a defense-first league, in a division where teams...Read more »
Some notes from Thursday’s Isles-Devils game in Newark:
-- Jack Capuano was particularly pleased with the work of his very inexperienced defense against a Devils team that had about 75 percent of its opening night roster on the ice. Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Pulock, Andrey Pedan and Scott Mayfield all played very capably; Mike Dalhuisen, the 24-year-old out of The Netherlands and Quinnipiac University...Read more »
With the morning skates underway in Saskatchewan, here are the lines, defense pairs and goaltenders for each of the Isles’ split-squad games Tuesday night:
Moulson-Tavares-Bouchard Lee-Nelson-Strome Martin-Cizikas-McDonald Gallant-Sundstrom-Boulton
Hickey-Visnovsky Strait-Hamonic Finley-Ness
Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo Grabner-Regin-Clutterbuck...Read more »
For many prospects at the Islanders Mini Camp, this week presents an opportunity to meet some of the other players in the organization and have a little fun before returning to their respective junior or college teams.
Not for Ryan Strome. He’s got a different mission.
“I expect to be a leader and show that I’m a man amongst boys here,” Strome said. “I want to show that I’m a good player...Read more »
Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple answered questions from Newsday readers on Thursday. Here’s some of the highlights from the chat:
Kyle: Do you think this team is capable of winning 1+ rounds in the playoffs?
Staple: Kyle -- The way they've played the last 9 games, it's hard to say "no chance" to that. The Bruins/Penguins first-round matchup will be tough, for sure, and...Read more »
While Anders Lee had a goal in his first period of NHL action Tuesday night against Winnipeg, Ryan Strome, the Isles' 2011 first-round pick, did the same in his pro debut with Bridgeport. Strome scored for the Sound Tigers in the opening period of their game in Worcester, Mass., a day after reporting to the team following the elimination of his Niagara squad from the OHL playoffs....Read more »
The Islanders assigned 19 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The Islanders also assigned two players to their junior teams.
The players assigned to Bridgeport include Marc Cantin, Casey Cizikas, Jason Clark, Calvin de Haan, Brandon Defazio, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Kabanov, Jon Landry, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, Nino...Read more »
The team announced the move this morning and Strome spoke to reporters before catching a flight back north, where he'll rejoin Niagara of the Ontario League.
"I've got some things I want to work on, and I can come back here next year and try again," said Strome, the fifth overall pick in June who was a healthy scratch the first two games.
"I'm not the biggest guy around,...Read more »