9:55 am – The Islanders’ backup goalie for tonight’s home match against the Bruins will be Peter Mannino.
The 24-year old netminder is 9-9-2 with a 3.09 GAA and .895 save percentage for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Mannino is becoming the Islanders’ backup-for-Boston specialist. The first time he got the call, it was to be the reserve in Boston. He played the final 13 minutes, received no support and allowed three goals.
Yann Danis gets the start tonight for the Islanders. Nathan Lawson, the Sound Tigers’ best goaltender over the last month, needs to be signed to an NHL deal if he is ever recalled. Lawson will be busy as Bridgeport plays three games in three nights over the weekend.
As we anticipated with our post last night, the Islanders will likely find the second-half solution to their goaltending problems within the family. In our view, this includes Wade Dubielewicz. After Mannino backs up for a game or two, you could see the fan favorite by the end of the homestand.
Point Blank will be on with Mike Ross on NHL Home Ice on XM Radio at 6:00 pm tonight previewing Islanders-Boston and discussing everything else in Islanders Country.
“Boomer” Ross is an old-school Islanders fan, so these 15-minute hits tend to be lively.
You Play Editor: Any story ideas for a blogger hitting a dry patch on how to cover the remaining four games of this homestand? Please submit them in Comments. Only need angles for game coverage. Still got plenty of day-to-day coverage ideas.
More to come from the morning skate…