Yesterday afternoon, the New York Islanders put their seats and tray tables in their full, upright position as they hit the air to begin a four game road trip. The Islanders face-off against a “likely” to play Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tonight at the Verizon Center in the Nation’s Capital.
The Islanders have yet to have a road trip that extended past two games early in the season. This trip will be the first of the season and will provide a true test to a team that continues to be riddled with injuries.
On Monday morning, the team placed Brian Strait, who has been day-to-day with an upper body injury on injured reserve. In many cases, this could very well be a move to free up roster space for a Bridgeport call-up. However, per New York Post’s Brett Cyrgalis, Head Coach Jack Capuano was quoted, saying: “Right now, the plan is probably not to bring somebody, but that could change, daily.” Although the defense performed much better in a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins this past Saturday, going on a road trip with a depleted squad can quickly show its ugly affects on the team. We’ll have to wait and see if the plan, does in fact change in the upcoming days.
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That moment that after a full month of the season, Frans Nielsen is the seventh leading scorer in the NHL. Let's go Islanders! #Isles
— Billy Fitzpatrick (@BillyFitzz) November 4, 2013
- That’s right, folks…it’s not a typo. Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo both sit within the top 10 for points across the entire League.
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) November 4, 2013
- As the team left for Washington, they passed over a familiar site: the Old Barn on Hempstead Turnpike.
— Mike Pacheco (@4Isles4Life) November 4, 2013
- This should just about sum up what is going on with the Jon Sim move. The young squad in Bridgeport has been struggling so far this season, and bringing in a veteran can be just what they need. And remember, it doesn’t have to be an All-Star caliber player to provide the leadership needed.
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The Sound Tigers have won two in a row after routing the Worcester Sharks 7-1 on Friday and taking down the Norfolk Admirals 4-3 in the shootout. The bigger news came Monday when the Sound Tigers handed former Islander Jon Sim a paid try-out. The 36-year-old will provide some depth and veteran leadership to a very young squad in Bridgeport.