Tavares Out Tonight

This morning the team announced that John Tavares will be out of tonight’s game against the Devils with a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Brock Nelson will step into the first line center role in place of Tavares.

Tavares is currently fifth in team history in consecutive games played with 246, a streak that will obviously end tonight.

83 comments
Steve Lafleur
Steve Lafleur

This game basically determines whether there's a Hart race. If the Isles look competitive, Ovy has it locked up. If they look as bad as they could without Tavares, there's still a race.

dkdk
dkdk

I know there is a debate over Nelson/Strome tonight, but to me, at this stage, neither is a perfect candidate. It shows that even in a "rebuild" you need a few key vets to fill gaps and take pressure off the kids. We lose Viz and we get about 7 minutes a game too much from guys like AMac who by the way should be nowhere ner the 1st PP, but he just jumps in by default. Oh well the die has been cast. Keep the fingers crossed.

Vasili
Vasili

My guess is that It's JT's hip!

erika
erika

I really, really like Brock, but Isn't Strome a 1st line center? What better time to ck it out? Of course this coaching staff just has 0 sense when it comes to utilizing our players properly, so I am not surprised.

orange2327
orange2327

Strome should get a shot with vanek/kyle!!

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

thanks refs. maybe if they opened there eyes and protected the players from cheap shots (calling penalties and game misconduts) there would be less injuries. how many injuries need to happen major or minor before the league steps in to actully do something.

hoser_14
hoser_14

And the WWE-Refs that the NHL employs, continues to miss the cheap shots that shorten the careers of  many of it's greatest players from Orr to Bossy to Lemieux and now it's open season on the likes of Crosby and Tarvares .    


It boggles my mind why doesn't the NHL does it's best players?    

Zee Executioner
Zee Executioner

Boycott, stage protests, or for people who do actually still hoof it to see this dreck, just start chanting,

"SELL THE TEAM, CHARLES, SELL THE TEAM!!!!" RIGHT FROM THE OPENING DROP OF THE PUCK!

Don't wait until a TV timeout or until it's late in the game and they're blowing another lead. Do it all night long!!!!

Send a message the media can't ignore.

This message is a general one. I'd post it regardless of whether JT would be in the lineup or not.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

The Islanders were going to lose tonight. Now they'll just lose worse.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Isles play Gudas and the Lightning again on January 17th.  Message needs to be made loud and clear in that game. Similar to isles/pens a few years back.

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

Put bailey on the first line I can guarantee you he will succeed he needs to be "that" guy for him to do well. Nelson hasn't shown much if anything lately. Bailey was good last year when the team relied on his line and he was really good couple years back when he started as the first line center early in the season when Tavares was hurt.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@erika strome has not yet proved him self in the nhl would i have an issue with him as number 1 center tonight no..... do i have an issue with him not being there tonight no i do not. nelson has more experiance in the nhl and wasnt he a number 1 center for bridgeport last season?

tag1
tag1

@Zee Executioner Looks like it's going to be a sellout tonight Zee judging by what's on stubhub, no bargains for tonight's game.

Don22
Don22

@Jason ZimmermannI think you do these posts for attention.    I've asked before but you haven't answered.  Why do you bother if the team causes you so much negativity?

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@Jason Zimmermann

lol..boy you have no faith / hope at all....... but that's ok..cuz im not that far behind you..while I thought they would win tonite...I just don't see any kind of big run happening ..you just look at the sched,maybe thye beat nj and even minny...but then they're gonna lose to chi... so don't see any sustained winning streaks happening..

tomba
tomba

Bailey's lost...should try tennis

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327

The guy who thinks he earns his pay by stick checking his way through another season.

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

Show some confidence in the kid we all know what he can do when he gets the confidence. Its not his fault the team shattered his psyche.

David Schwartz
David Schwartz

@Chris R @orange2327 Oh yea because giving a guy with a half dozen games of NHL experience makes tons of sense and only at most 50-60 professional games under his belt(AHL-NHL) to get that unlike a guy like Nelson who has shown he deserves it more.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@Chris R@orange2327Do you two guys ever have anything positive to say. What the heck is wrong with giving Brock Nelson a shot on the first line? Isn't Strome a #1 center...not in the NHL he's not. Not yet anyway.

orange2327
orange2327

Yeah cause all we heard two yrs ago was nino was playing with scrubs!! Now is a chance to put stroke with two good players let's see what he can do!!

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@tag1@Zee ExecutionerHa...that's funny! I'm sure chanting "sell the team" at a hockey game will encourage a billionaire owner to sell. Thanks for the holiday cheer Zee.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@tomba

To demanding for him, perhaps crocheting is more fitting.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@dkdk I wish I could say, "I don't get it" - but in all reality, the publicity of the draft, the opinion based columns, and the forecasting of scouts' opinions heavily influences the opinions of fans. Really, it doesn't take much to realize that a player is completely out of place, but when reading all that fluff, the fans want to believe what they read is true, and what they see is not reality. It's not a mirage folks, Bailey sucks!

dkdk
dkdk

Right there with ya Jason. I am also curious when people want to reward his lack of effort by promoting him to the first line.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@dkdk He's like the kid on the high school team who only made it because his Dad sucked up to the coach. They guy was NEVER good! See DiPietro. Horrible drafting!

dkdk
dkdk

It is hard for me to be nice when it comes to Bailey. The fans gave him more rope than a cruise ship at port and forget about production which is non existent, do we even get to see him hustle?

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@dkdk My comment was blocked. Let's just say that your criticism of Bailey is a little bit nicer than mine.

dkdk
dkdk

Sorry but he is awful and barely puts out any effort ever

David Schwartz
David Schwartz

@orange2327 Hate to break the news, but Nino hasn't exactly lit it up so far this year.  It's funny because he gets top 6 minutes and first PP minutes and yet still isn't even outscoring Cal by all that much.

dkdk
dkdk

Why do people feel it necessary to decide who can and can't be a fan? Personally I believe those complaining about the team (read, ownership and lack of mgmt) are at least trying to get some improvement. Thiose sitting around talking about every prospect like they are hall of famers and accepting the yearly floor circumvention hurt as much as anything else.