12:45 pm, Iceworks: Garth Snow declined an interview request made Saturday night by me for AOL FanHouse and Point Blank after his team’s seventh consecutive loss in regulation.
However, Snow conducted an interview (subscription required) on Sunday afternoon with Katie Strang of Newsday, saying he has confidence in his team, they “will get out of it” and he felt the last two games – a 4-1 loss in Ottawa and 2-1 loss at home to the Flyers – “have shown our resilience.” The Islanders also coughed up a source saying Scott Gordon’s job was safe, going the source route because they have a policy to not publicly discuss the job status of head coaches.
More on this another time.
Breaking news: Josh Bailey, the 2008 ninth overall pick who has played a lot of wing over the last year, is back at his natural position of center. The new lines at practice:
Moulson - Tavares – Grabner
Comeau – Bailey – Parenteau
Martin – Nielsen – Hunter
Weight - Schremp – Gillies
After having days off Friday and Sunday, the Islanders went through a 90-minute practice today that was not exhausting, but exhaustive in reviewing how they want to play the game. “Stern and to the point,” Scott Gordon called it.
At 11:00 am – 30 minutes after practice began – Gordon conducted a quiet, calm, instructional session in front of the dry-erase board at center ice that went on for more than ten minutes. In practice with any NHL team, this is rare.
At around 11:30, Gordon momentarily got pissed off. Basic premise was that he really wanted a certain player to get to that darn net.
Zenon Konopka (foot injury, more evaluation to come) and Radek Martinek (day off) did not practice.
I asked Gordon if there was any word on if Kyle Okposo is skating soon. “I was told he’s not back until December, so I haven’t given much thought to it,” said the coach.
Gordon on his team’s play before a three-game trip to Califormia: “I’m more encouraged going on the trip knowing we showed some positive signs in our last two games.” He added, “I liked the way we responded in Ottawa, cleaning up our defenisve zone coverage. I like the way we have competed.”
Charles Wang and Garth Snow watched practice together.