Last night – the Islander faithful got the chance to see the rookies take on the up and coming Bruins at the Coliseum last night.
After an 8-45 drubbing the night before, the Isles came out swinging – well literally. Three fights in the first few seconds made a statement that the Islanders were not going to take this game lightly.
Two goals from Ryan Strome, Nino Niederreiter and Casey Cisikas all played a big part of the 7-2 victory last night. Anders Nilsson, according to reports, was spectacular at times in net. All four lines seemed to be gelling, and defensively – the team looked quite sound.
The prior evening, Mikko Koskinen let up 7 goals to Boston, and looked quite shaky. This was not the start that he was looking for. If he is to make Bridgeport (and that is definitely NOT certain) – he needs to step up big time.
Nino – according to reports was outstanding. He is just a big young man – that is going to create havoc in front of opposing nets for years to come. It is going to be quite a daunting task for Garth Snow to not keep him here.
Also – some good marks for Cisikas. He has good size and good hands. He is going to help Bridgeport be a much more offensive team in the past.
Rhett Rakhshani is out with a concussion in the first game, and Mark Katic separated his shoulder last night. He (Katic) has had some shoulder issues in the past, and that could be a big blow to him.
The vets ‘officially’ report on Friday.
Word on the street is that John Tavares is possibly close to signing an extension. Word is of the 5 year 5 – 6 million per year range. That is a great sign that the Isles are keeping the young guns happy, erego keeping the core here long term.
More NHL previews to come this week, along with our preview on Sunday. Stay tuned.
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