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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport missed the playoffs and its season ended Sunday.
Once the Isles' regular season ends -- provided they reach the postseason -- several of the team's prospects will join the big club to skate with the team's extras and be on hand in case of injury.
Two fairly prominent players will not be among the call-ups: Rick DiPietro and...Read more »
News 12 sports reporter Kevin Maher interviewed Rick DiPietro on Thursday at practice with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
In the video, embedded above, DiPietro talks about the emotions he felt being waived by the Islanders and demoted to their minor-league affiliate, plus what it has been like for him the past few seasons.
The transcript of his quotes are below, but you should also watch...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 »
With at least one of the three goalies on the roster often sidelined by injury, Garth Snow said he isn’t looking to trade any of them.
"I haven’t been looking to do that by any means, ‘" he said after Monday’s practice at IceWorks. "If anything, I’m glad we have the depth we do have with our goaltending, not just here but in Bridgeport as well."
At the same time,...Read more »
Michael Grabner (groin) and Nino Niederreiter (concussion) are both out for tonight's game with the Lightning at the Coliseum. Rick DiPietro (groin) is also sidelined. Al Montoya gets the start, his fifth in the last six games, with call-up Kevin Poulin backing up.
Tim Wallace, who leads Bridgeport with 9-11-20 in 24 games, makes his Isles debut, and Micheal Haley returns to the lineup. With...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.
The Islanders...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 »
Blake Comeau is a natural left wing who played the right side in his first three games, then was a healthy scratch the last two. Jack Capuano said Comeau would return tomorrow against the Panthers, back at left wing, with Josh Bailey in the middle and Brian Rolston on the right.
"We just want to get him back where he feels most comfortable," Capuano said.
Rolston said he's...Read more »
Jack Capuano goes back to Al Montoya for tonight's game against the Lightning here in Tampa. Montoya started the first three games for the Isles, going 2-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA and .953 save percentage.
Other than the goaltending change, the lineup stays the same from Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers. So Blake Comeau is a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
"Obviously...Read more »