Game Day (71): Blue Jackets at Islanders, 1pm

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Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Blue Jackets… The Blue Jackets are 7-3-1 in the month of March as they’ve climbed back into the Eastern Conference playoff race. At the moment, they sit one point back of both Detroit and Washington for the final spot… No major injuries save for defender Ryan Murray, the team’s 2nd overall pick in 2012… Ryan Johansen is having a breakout year, leading the team with 27 goals and 52 points in 70 games.

Kevin Schultz

Ding, dong the black jerseys are dead.

For the final time, the Islanders will wear the black third jerseys in today’s matchup against the Blue Jackets at the Coliseum. They’ve since been replaced, successfully, with the stadium series jerseys, which appear to be the third jerseys that the team will go with in the coming years. Coincidence or not, the black jerseys have been a symbol of poor play for the fanbase for the last couple years, and I’m thinking Eric Hornick would like $1 for every time he’s been asked what the team’s record in them has been. In case you’re wondering, they’re 7-11-5 in the black jerseys since they were introduced in 2011 with one more match to come of course.

As far as today’s lineup, Kyle Okposo will be ready to go but Lubomir Visnovsky will not. That means a bit of a switch up on defense. Evgeni Nabokov will start in net today for the Isles.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposo Czuczman-Hamonic Nabokov
Bailey-Nelson-Clutterbuck de Haan-Donovan Nilsson
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Carkner
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner




58 comments
camb33
camb33

CBJ should be ashamed of themselves

John Richards
John Richards

Mike halmo making like bobby nystrom!!knuckles nystrom!!

John Richards
John Richards

Another pleasant skate for josh bailey today!! Don't worry put him on the first line next year and watch him fly!!!

John Richards
John Richards

Well if things hold to form and cbj have a pulse then the game will be knotted up by the 10 min mark of third!!

nyicdneh
nyicdneh

Has anyone watched ESPN's 30 for 30 on John Spano called Big Shot produced by Entourage's Kevin Connolly?

An hour and 20 minutes really well spent. In essence it explains the gradual decline of this organization and how we've gotten to this point. The Isles and Oilers were the forces of the 80s and have lost respectability for many of the same reasons. Bryan Berard's comments in the doc hit the nail right on the head When both the ownership and the organization show a commitment through investment in salaries, training facilities and other amenities the result of this translates to a better product on the ice! No surprise we're neat the bottom with the 2nd lowest salary in the NHL. Apathy from ownership translates to fan base disinterest via decreased attendance. Eventually this leads to further retraction and cost cutting to maintain fiscal solvency and so the cycle continues! Hopefully the move to Barclay's resolves this issue before another generation of Isle fans are lost! Watch this doc and try not to get emotional as you get lost in the nostalgia!

mrcisback
mrcisback

              I'm pretty sure NY Ranger fans are rooting big time for the Islanders in this game today. It might be a first.

mrcisback
mrcisback

  Actually i think the Edmonton Oilers are a worse organization then the NY Islanders. There defense is just as bad as the islanders. They gave up 8 goals to the Calgary flames last night. All that is left for the Islanders now is draft pick position. #1,2,3,or 4. Aaron Ekblad would look very nice next to Griffen Reinhart on defense next season.

isles4life
isles4life

Other than de Haan this might b the worst defensive pairings of all time in the nhl

chris7777
chris7777

blahh blahh blahhhh  whateverrrrrrr wake me up when the fraud loser wang sells the team.id like 2 punch him in his face for turning our team into a total laughingstock in all of professional sports.Then he hides like a coward to avoid facing the music.

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

Its WNET character day featuring the owner, general manager and coaching staff.

Tim
Tim

seriously is anyone watching this game today?  go outside.

doc942
doc942

That's a pretty scary defense "core".  Ouch.  Reinhart and Pulock can't get here fast enough.


John Richards
John Richards

Never in doubt they were bringing nabby back!!

dkdk
dkdk

Was it ever in doubt mitch?

dkdk
dkdk

If they only had Sebastian Collberg!

willymayshays
willymayshays

@John Richards

Wow, it's like the BJ's let Hamonic finish all over their goalie.   If I didn't watch the Isles every game, I'd say that's the worst defense I've ever seen.  Looked like pee wee hockey.

John Richards
John Richards

They'll be black n white jerseys in bklyn bet on it!! Blue/orange/white will become thing of memory!!

isles23
isles23

@Mitch. I wouldn't mind Vis coming back as depth, I know he has one year left but if it is another concussion then retirement is a good possibility, but we've agreed on this one. At least one solid Vet should be brought in to help the kids.

dkdk
dkdk

Now we just need the report to come in from Aspen stating that Nabby hasn't been as bad as advertised the last few months. Once that happens the final nail will have been firmly hammered.

dkdk
dkdk

Camb .... Unless you score 30 goals and are best buds with our best player

ejej
ejej

@Chris R @John Richards- As I mentioned on another thread, the kid looks like he skates as an artist looking for a good background...not a care in the world. Guess those 3.3 MIL little ponies are helping out the cause..

doc942
doc942

@mitchfritz @doc942  So what you're saying is, is that you don't think that they will help?  It's very confusing listening to the haters all the time.  You can't keep your wants and wishes straight because you're blinded by your constant crying. We all want the team to be contenders for the cup.  So why would you not want 2 promising upgrades to next year or the following year?

jepliberty
jepliberty

@dkdk

Snow, Oh Nabby wouldn't have lost so many games if it wasn't for our D men, and that is why we got rid of A Mac, so look for him to have a much better year next season, and that is why we are bringing him back, but isn't that admitting that one, or both of Poulin, or Nilsson sucks?

dkdk
dkdk

Yep mitch .... The skids have been greased nicely

dkdk
dkdk

Camb .... I think wang had that tattoo Lou tramp stamp that on to snow last month

camb33
camb33

@dkdk this management has no room for success -only failure

dkdk
dkdk

Chris R .... Nice way to work snows interview with wang too ... Lol

John Richards
John Richards

Stubhub tickets for flower show a harder get than isles/cbj!!

camb33
camb33

@mitchfritz agreed...you play physical against the isles, you win...its as easy as that

ejej
ejej

@mitchfritz- Or just give up one more and patiently wait for the third period...

isles23
isles23

@Mitch. Yea, those days as him as a first unit PP guy seem clearly behind him. One reason I was so upset with our coaching this year. I'm not sold on Donovan either way but I would have a better idea if he was given a chance to do what is supposed to be his best attribute, PP qb.

doc942
doc942

@isles23  I never said don't bring a veteran D man... I only made a comment that I am awaiting the talent upgrade that includes the likes of Reinhart and Pulock.  That doesn't exclude bringing in a solid vet to go along with them.  So you can have the likes of de Haan, Hamonic, Viz, Reinhart, Pulock, FA/trade, Hickey, Strait etc.


Get rid of dead wood like Carkner, Martinek etc.


We aren't in disagreement.

isles23
isles23

@doc. I agree with a lot of your posts but I'm with Mitch on this one. A solid vet is needed to help the young guys out. It would help their development and depth. Isn't it nice to give guys like Lee and Nelson time in the minors so when they come up they are that much more prepared and able to contribute right away and also in case of injuries.

doc942
doc942

@mitchfritz  OK... so they should never bring them up.  They should just trade them now while their value is still high.