THE MORNING SKATE FOR OCT 19THA Quick Q&A with Al Montoya

Monday at practice I was able to catch up with Islanders goalie Al Montoya who has started three of the Isles’ four games this season. The team heads to Florida for games against the Lightning and Panthers later this week.

KS: With Tampa and Florida coming up, which one would you rather face if you have a preference?

AM: There’s no preference. We’re getting ready for Thursday against Tampa. We played both teams, we had some strong games against both. We want to continue what we’ve been doing here going as a team and going in the right direction. We’ll be focused on that game Thursday against Tampa.

KS: Is there anything you would like to do differently against Tampa this time around?

AM: No, we know they’re going to be gunning for us. But at the same time we just need to go out there and play our game in the first period and we need to establish our game, which is the forecheck, getting in there, getting our shots and getting four lines rolling.

KS: Are you upset at all about not getting the start Saturday against the team that drafted you?

AM: No, not at all. I’m here to play when I’m called upon and when I’m not to support my teammates. It was a great win, a big win for the team.

KS: How does it feel to lead the league in GAA?

AM: [laughs] I’m not even there. Not even thinking about that.

PROGRAMMING NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Over the next two weeks real life is going to take me away from the blog a bit. You may see other folks writing here, especially when it comes to post-game reports. Please give them your respect and attention as you would anyone else — we’re all trying to do the best we can. Things will be back to normal for me as of October 31st.

ISLANDERS NEWS AND NOTES

+ A good story from The Score on hot starts and what they mean (or don’t). Isles/Tavares mention in there along with the main Leafs angle. It’s worth a read if you don’t automatically vomit at the mention of the Leafs.

+ The Shawinigian Cataractes of the QMJHL have acquired the junior rights to Kirill Kabanov who is currently in Sweden on a tryout for Farjestads. The saga continues…

#NYIPB’s OFF DAY #TWITTER QUESTION

To everyone out there in Twitterland, here’s a query for you:

Who should be the Islanders’ healthy scratch at forward for Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay?

Let us know what you think on twitter and chat along with other readers by using the hashtag #NYIPB or @ing me @schultz88. Of course, you’re always welcome to respond in the comments as well.

CAPTION CONTEST WINNER(S)

You guys completely destroyed the caption contest I posted earlier in the week. My hat is off to all of you. I couldn’t choose just one caption, so here is an assortment of the best that I picked out.

BJ –

“If I knew the ice girls were this hot, I would have reported to the team last year”

dedshark –

”no wonder DP has bad hips”

Mission9000 –

How do you say Giggity in russian?

James –

“Why did I ever sit out last season… no one told me of these lovely ice wenches.”

And I don’t know what to make of this but it was too full of win to leave out:

Staten Islander –

“if they put on a few pounds they could work on my uncle’s farm outside Minsk”