If the Islanders gave some amount of effort and competed on Wednesday night against Winnipeg — debatable — there was no effort or compete this afternoon against the Red Wings at the Coliseum.
It was an ugly 5-0 defeat that saw literally nothing go well for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin was bad in net, the defense hung him out to dry yet again and the offense didn’t have many prolific chances despite managing 29 shots to Detroit’s 30.
Another game, another loss and more or less the same story. It is now 10 of the last 12 lost in regulation for the Islanders. Nothing’s changed in the last month. To read more of this story, click here
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The Least You Should Know About the Red Wings… Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi are out today due to injury… Jimmy Howard is confirmed as starter in net today… The Wings added Daniel Alfreddson in the off-seaosn and he has 16 points in 21 games… Henrik Zetterberg has a team leading 30 points…
Kevin Poulin will get the start in net today for the Islanders. Josh Bailey, Eric Boulton and Calvin de Haan are the scratches. Jack Capuano said that Bailey “just needs to relax a bit” and that de Haan should take in a few practices before he gets into game action.
Scratches: Boulton, de Haan, Bailey IR: Visnovsky, Strait, Nabokov
Vanek will go right into the lineup on John Tavares’ wing for Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum in a bid to shake the Islanders out of their inconsistent start to the season.
“I didn’t like the way we’d been playing,” general manager Garth Snow told Newsday on Sunday night. “We’re better than our record indicates and we need to take the next step. Thomas is an elite player in this league and he’ll help us now and in the future.”
Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
That was GM Garth Snow to Newsday on October 27th after he traded Matt Moulson and picks to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek in a trade that (1) brought in an elite player and (2) shook up a team that he thought was better than their record at the time indicated. At that point in the season, the team was 4-4-3 and tied for second in the Metro division with 11 points.
After tonight’s 3-2 regulation loss to Winnipeg at the Coliseum, the Islanders are now 4-10-0 since the Vanek trade. They are also dead last in the Metro with 19 points, good for 27th in the entire NHL.
So what happens now that the Islanders, in the Gary Bettman You Get a Point and You Get a Point and You Get a Point League, have not gotten a point in nine of eleven and find themselves at the bottom of the weakest division in the NHL? To read more of this story, click here
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The Least You Should Know About the Jets… The Jets are on their second game of a five game road trip that started on Monday in New Jersey. … Winnipeg has had a successful record against Eastern Conference teams, going 5-1-1 in six games. … The Jets will be without forward Jim Slater, who’s missed 18 games with a lower body injury, as well as defenseman Paul Postma and Zach Bogosian. …
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
The Islanders begin their first of four contests at home tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. This is the first of two meetings between the Isles and Winnipeg.
The Islanders have dropped their last three games and are looking to end the skid. Kevin Poulin will make his seventh consecutive start for New York. His last outing he was pulled by head coach Jack Capuano after allowing three goals in the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers. Capuano also made some adjustments to the lineup. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin are taking the places of Colin McDonald and Eric Boulton. Aaron Ness will also be on the ice tonight, since he is taking Radek Martinek’s spot.
Against Winnipeg, the Islanders are 5-0-1 in their last six meetings with the Jets. In fact the Islanders have not lost in regulation against the Jets since November 11, 2011, when they lost 3-0.
Ex-Islander Al Montoya will get the start in net for the Jets.
The Islanders stadium series jersey was released last night, and so far it seems as though people like it. In the poll that’s currently running in our previous post, it is getting a 67% approval rating, which would be some kind of record if it was a politician. Well, it’s at least getting a much better rating than the third jersey, which was well under 50% when we scientifically polled about that release.
The look they went for is clearly pretty simple, which isn’t a bad thing considering the history of jersey releases for the team that were more than simple. Once more with feeling; (1) blue on black, (2) whatever this is, (3) orange peel – which I am partial to — and, of course, (4) Gorton’s.
I’m not a fan of the white shoulders, they just look a little out of place. Maybe could have been orange or given some sort of outline. It’s not bad, on the whole. It’s not the best thing ever, either. I’m just not really moved by it, and I guess more on the fence than 67% of you. It might also be the creeping feeling that, without the Island in the logo and very little orange, we’re moving away from something and closer to something else. Whatever could that imply…
Speaking of jerseys, WWE’s Monday night Raw was at the Coliseum on Monday, which included the mashup of two worlds colliding. There is never really a good excuse to wear a hockey jersey without pants in public, but I guess this might warrant a pass since wrestlers don’t usually wear pants to begin with.
That’s Dolph Zigger trotting out to the ring in an Islanders jersey, which is great. If you’re not a wrestling person and/or fan, totally understandable, Ziggler is supposed to be one of the best performers at his art. His art of wrestling for entertainment, which is not a sport but sports entertainment. He’s kind of the Miami Beach bleach blonde jerk, and is actually a self-titled ‘show-off’ but for some reason the crowds do love him. To read more of this story, click here
The list of Garth Snow’s waiver wire pick ups from the last few years is long and it does include some big hits. Michael Grabner, Thomas Hickey and Brian Strait are probably the best finds while there have been some duds and some so-so players (Joe Finley, Rob Schremp and Keith Aucoin to name a few). But due to the frequency of pickups the Islanders make off waivers, it’s no surprise that when an interesting name comes along it gets talked about quite a bit.
Today is no different, as the Phoenix Coyotes put defender Rotislav ‘Rusty’ Klesla on waivers.
Klesla played 15 games for the Coyotes this year and recorded 3 points and a -1 rating. He suffered a concussion in the pre-season that caused him to miss three regular season games and had injury trouble last year as well (last year it was 10 games missed due to an “upper body injury,” another possible concussion). According to Coyotes blog On the Ice, Klesla didn’t appear nearly as physical this year as in the past. Read into that however you like, but that’s always been a big part of the 6-3, 220lb defender’s game.
Former Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was released from his tryout contract with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers today, according to the team’s website. It seems as though the decision to leave the team was DiPietro’s choice. Here is part of the team’s release:
“[DiPietro] called Jim Rutherford last night and thanked him for the opportunity,” said [Checkers Coach Jeff] Daniels. “He just didn’t think it was going to go anywhere.
“I talked to him last week and said right now we have three goalies here and we’re waiting for one of them to step up and be the guy. The opportunity was there for him to do that, but he didn’t feel that it was going to go his way.”
DiPietro was 0-4-0 with a 5.18 GAA and .846 SVP in five games with the Checkers.