Game Day (73): Islanders at Lightning, 7:30pm

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Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
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The Least You Should Know About the Lightning… At the deadline veteran Marty St. Louis requested a trade and was moved to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks… Mattias Ohlund is the only major injury for Tampa that will miss tonight’s game… Eight players have 10+ goals for Tampa this season, led by Valtteri Filppula with 24… Ben Bishop is the confirmed starter for tonight…  

Kevin Schultz

Tonight is the 10th-to-last game of the year for the Islanders as they take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay. As is tradition the tendency of Jack Capuano, there will not be any changes to the lineup after Tuesday night’s win in Carolina. The rest of today’s post is a combined Game Day/ Morning Skate. Lineups are after the jump.


The Islanders have had a number of players only meetings this season — we were keeping count on Twitter earlier, I think the number may be four. Justin Bourne of the Score weighed in on the topic after the division-leading Penguins had a meeting of their own earlier in the week. It’s interesting to read about it from a former player’s perspective, a side we usually don’t get to hear.

Bourne writes there are generally two types of these meetings, one the right after the game post-loss meeting:

These meetings tend to arise organically, if I may use a stupid buzzword. It’s rare for a team that just lost to walk back into the dressing room, and start taking off their gear and begin chatting. The majority of guys will spend some time, even a few minutes, slumped in their stall in full gear, reflecting on what just went wrong.

I found those meetings relatively pointless, and the more you have them (and you have them a lot on bad teams) the less weight they hold. Maybe meaningful change can come from one if you only have one or two a year. Beyond that it comes off as motherly nagging from a captain trying too hard to play captain.

And also before practice the following day:

When you arrive at the rink the next day with a good night’s sleep under your belt, some breakfast in you and a clearer head, “players-only” meetings tend to be more productive. (Though at some point it’s still mandatory to say ”Eff that guy, we have to do this for ourselves” and belittle the coach in some way.)

They’re usually “chaired” by the guy who felt it necessary to organize the town hall, and everyone is encouraged to talk.


A third Reinhart brother could be drafted this summer, Sam, a center who plays for Kootenay in the WHL. The Isles’ Griffin is the middle brother, drafted in 2012, and the oldest brother Max was selected by the Flames in 2010.

Also: If you’re looking for the Eyes on Isles guys, they have moved… Eric Hornick writes that the Isles four goals in Tuesday’s first period was the quickest the team has ever gotten four goals to start a game…

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

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81 comments
Zach14
Zach14

That ending was so predictable

mrcisback
mrcisback

   I think Bailey needs a navigation system to find the back of the net. Maybe he should contact Garman.

Vicp73
Vicp73

poor effort by Bailey on that shot

realhlywd
realhlywd

Bailey on the SO, really Cappy, you idiot

dimaio34
dimaio34

Bobby bassen

Mark Fitzpatrick

Dean chynoweth

Rob diamio

Kelly hrudey

Wayne mcbean

What do these players have in common ?

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

should be an interesting third period.  hopefully in a good way, but won't be easy for the rooks.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

I was really hoping for Ekblad or Sam Reinhart in the draft.  Now I'd be thrilled to land either one of those or that German kid or Sam Bennett. 

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

How long before Garth offers Capuano a contract extension?

John Richards
John Richards

Cappy you devil you were saving this until march!! Nice!!

John Richards
John Richards

Somebody needs to pop gudas a few more times!

mrcisback
mrcisback

10 rookies playing for the Islanders tonight and there all hustling. Strome has to move up to the 1st or 2nd line at least. You would have thought Capuano has learned his lesson by now.Lets see a Lee, Strome and Nelson line. Very bad goal by Nabby.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

why does butch keep giggling tonight?

Vicp73
Vicp73

I'm a big critic of Ryan Strome, but my Lord how is this kid suppose to succeed playing between Martin and McDonald? This coaching staff is absolutely clueless

dkdk
dkdk

I would be thrilled by winning a playoff series

John Richards
John Richards

Yep Cappy needs to move strome up especially if KO is out!!

Vicp73
Vicp73

Look , what do you know Strome scores. lol

dkdk
dkdk

Vic ... This is wangland, success is not measured in wins or goals. It is staying a few bucks above the cap floor.

John Richards
John Richards

Agreed but with KO out there's not much to put him with although I'd like to see him with franzy!!

dkdk
dkdk

A la Bailey. And when he can't play wing, you give him a 5 year extension.

John Richards
John Richards

@dkdk and telling the sheep that our prospects will pan out!!

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yup one if my favorite players ever.

dkdk
dkdk

More than Bailey .... Lol

dimaio34
dimaio34

He's coaching in drum heller Alberta. It's the tier 2 hockey league. It's a hour from where I live

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  I'm not sure what he's been up too

dkdk
dkdk

Yep .... Isn't he a player agent now too?

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Remember Brian Curran?? Lol what a piece of work he was

dkdk
dkdk

You mean no Jurcina, Mezei, or Biron?

John Richards
John Richards

OK sure Darius I'm thinking Richie pilon too!!

dkdk
dkdk

The rare attempts that snow makes in the trade market only set us back that much farther.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Exactly, I would be shaking in my boots at the thought of Snow attempting to make a bold move like that

dkdk
dkdk

And if they move them it will be for other NHL ready high end guys.

And after what Bergevins assistant did to snow, how does anyone think snow can get those 2? Especially off the floor sample rack?

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  But your right, those two guys will bring in a king's ransom for sure

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Yeah, I don't see how moving Bfygulien and Kane makes any sense for the Jets though. Kane is your typical power forward, plus he's young. Big Bfyg is versatile plays both wing and D, at 6'7" 250 lbs guys a force. Winnipeg is a few players away from being a perennial playoff team, that deal would only backtracks any progress they've made this season. But who knows 

dkdk
dkdk

Vic .... And was that the same thread where we were going to get Kane AND Bfygulien without giving up Strome, Reinhart, Pulock, Lee, Nelson, or Nielsen? Lol.

First of all you ask for those 2 I am sure the first name you would hear back is Okposo. And since we are already shy a lottery pick, that would a really tough get. But getting those 40 games from Vanek was critical to our well being.

dkdk
dkdk

It's very true Vic. And as soon as you post anything that isn't Brock Nelson is going to be a superstar (if he isn't already) then you get Corsi'd to death.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Tonight's a prime example, minus JT and Okposo what do you have out there playing tonight? A glorified AHL team,  Now how does someone give a gm any praise when you look at the mess out there, it truly is a tire fire

dkdk
dkdk

Hey Vic ... I saw lol. More of the 4th liners are gods here! You think Blackhawks or Bruins fans even know who their 4th liners are? Here they are superheroes because snow has given us JT and 4th liners.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  I'm alright buddy, we had a nice exchange today with a corsi member  on the last thread. I'm just tired of Garth getting any praise whatsoever, to some of these guys everything is just fine, wait and see, next season............

dkdk
dkdk

Tomorrow is Friday .... So good here Vic! How about you?

dkdk
dkdk

And I bet the lightning board isn't filled with Tyler Johnson is going to be a perennial all star lovefest either.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Tyler Johnson kid wasn't even drafted, little sparkplug  he is

dkdk
dkdk

You notice there are a couple of very young guys playing on the lightning tonight that are having really nice seasons on a winning team. And guys like Killorn, Palat, etc aren't top 5 picks.