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Isles Defense gets another injury as Dallas comes calling

The wheel of defenseman continues for the Islanders, as they face the Dallas Stars tonight without another blueliner.

Steve Staios Steve Staios #24 of the New York Islanders checks Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-1.

Steve Staios - out with a concussion for the forseeable future - Photo courtesy of Zimbio.com

Steve Staios, regarded as dependable and a stable force for the defensive corps, is out indefinitely with a concussion that he suffered in the game against Montreal on Tuesday night.

Aaron Ness or Calvin deHaan, both 20 year old defensemen playing their first professional season in Bridgeport, are the likely ones that will be recalled by the Islanders.  Both are having solid rookie seasons for the Sound Tigers, and have progressed in a nice pace.

Ness, a second round pick in 2008, spent a few years playing for former Islander assistant coach Jeff Jackson at Notre Dame, is small in stature (5 feet 10), but is solid with his puck moving skills and is strong positionally.

deHaan, the second first round pick by the Isles in the John Tavares draft, has played solidly in all three zones of the ice, is a cool customer according to scouting reports.  His experience playing for Team Canada in the World Junior Tournaments have been helpful in his development progress.

For the rest of the team – the offense needs to keep up their game like they did against Montreal on Tuesday.  Production from all four lines is key to success against Dallas.  Sure, it was nice for Matt Moulson to get the 4-pack last week, but they need 60 minute efforts from all 4 lines, should they want to succeed.

Welcome back Eric Nystrom.  I am sure that it is ALWAYS a great feeling for the Syosset born Nystrom to skate on Coliseum ice.  We, as Isles fans, always want to see ‘one of our own’ do well, but tonight – not THAT well.

We could see the return of Evgeni Nabakov to the nets tonight, giving yeoman-like Al Montoya a much needed break.  Nabakov out for a month with his second groin issue of the season, will get some playing time over the next week, in a flip-flop fashion, keeping both goalies fresh. 

Predictions:

Score – 3-2 Isles

Game Winner – Parenteau

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