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Gordon: “We’ve lost a bit of our edge...”

Islanders coach Scott Gordon has no explanation for it, really. And most certainly, no fast cure.

The aggressive, stubborn resolve he witnessed on the ice just months ago, is slowly deflating.

“Right now, I think a part of it is we’ve lost a little bit of edge to our game, that tenacity, that relentlessness that we had, the pace that at which we played at it,” Gordon said Wednesday, following the team’s practice at Iceworks in Syosset.

“I think it’s been lost a little bit just because we’ve had a lot of games and especially around the Christmas break here, not a whole lot of practices. Today’s our first practice in quite a while and we’ve gotta find a way to bring the energy and that relentless play that we had earlier in the year

"…It’s obvious we’re not shooting the puck as much, we’re not getting open as much and these are the things that, when we were playing well, we were doing quite a bit of.”


As for Rick DiPietro, Gordon said he hadn’t “heard the final word” on the injured goalie’s rehab start this weekend in Bridgeport.

DiPietro had hoped to play an AHL game this weekend in Connecticut, but it’s unclear if that will still happen.

What is certain, said Gordon, is that the 28-year-old goalie won’t be traveling to Ottawa for the Islanders’ 7 p.m. against the Senators Thursday.


In other news, Gordon believes center Doug Weight (shoulder) will play tomorrow night against Ottawa.

Said the coach: “It’s going to be hard because he hasn’t practiced a whole lot and he hasn’t played, so you can’t put too much emphasis on his game. But if he’s playing well, obviously he’s a great puck distributor and he brings some enthusiasm to the locker room for sure, and he’ll be excited to play.”

When asked about the intangibles Weight brings to the team, Gordon replied: “He’s got a great demeanor. His enthusiasm for the game. You don’t play for as long as he has and not have that enthusiasm he brings to the rink every day, that’s obviously going to be a welcome element into our locker room.”


The coach said he isn’t sure when Sean Bergenheim (rib injury) will be back.

“There hasn’t been any timetable given,” said Gordon. “Maybe before we go on the road trip or after we go on the road trip, but nothing’s set in stone.”

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