1:50 pm: Rob Schremp and Michael Grabner will re-join the lineup when the Islanders play in Carolina on Wednesday. Well aware of the self-confidence of the center, Gordon joked, “With Schrempy, you just hope he doesn’t try to win us a Stanley Cup in one night. The confidence is always there.” The coach wants to see what he saw from Schremp during the second half of last season: creative playmaking on the power play and 5-on-5.
Asked after practice (at around noon) what pissed him off the most about the 6-1 loss in Philadelphia, Gordon cracked, “I’ve got a plane to catch at 2:30.” Turning serious, he was most irritated by the way the Islanders looked in the opening minutes through the soft goal allowed by Rick DiPietro to Jeff Carter to make it 2-0.
On DiPietro, Gordon said that he knew it would take time for the goalie to get in a groove after playing so few games the last two seasons. “Obviously, he still has some rust,” said Gordon. “There is no question about that.”
According to the coach, DiPietro and Dwayne Roloson will split the back-to-backs in Carolina and Ottawa.
10:50 am, Iceworks: The Islanders are in the midst of an hour-long practice before departing this afternoon for their two-game road swing to Carolina and Ottawa. The team has a new look as it attempts to end its four-game losing streak:
Moulson – Tavares – Parenteau
Bailey – Schremp – Comeau
Weight – Nielsen – Grabner
Martin – Konopka – Hunter/Gillies
Same six defenseman and two goaltenders as Philadelphia.
More to come from practice. Comments.