Apr 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) in front of Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell (51) and New York Islanders right wing Colin McDonald (13) during the second period of an NHL game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 11/16/2013


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The New York Islanders are set to take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Nassau Coliseum following their dis-heartening loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

In that game, New York proceeded to give up 3 third period goals to the former Stanley Cup champions in a game where they sat on a two goal lead and were stuck watching as their passiveness was taken advantage of by a team with way too much experience to be lulled to sleep.

Yesterday would not be without any controversy however, even on a day where the Isles just conducted a routing morning practice. Kevin Poulin‘s post-game comments after the Kings lost were thoroughly analyzed and possibly put into a bad context by New York Post reporter Brett Cygralis.

To say that Poulin was denying blame, as the headline put it, is just absurd and ridiculous. He was merely stating facts that the team has to play a complete 60 minute effort to win in this league, a sentiment mirrored by just about anyone in the room the media, including us, speak to.

Were the goals he allowed ‘lucky’? Perhaps. I am sure he would want to have the first one back but the other two were on deflections and many could easily argue that Poulin gave the team every opportunity to win the hockey game 2-1. You certainly cannot fault him on two deflected shots.

Patrick Roy was and still is known for his confidence and sometimes cocky brass attitude in circles around the entire league and if we do not compare play for a second (as Roy is a hall of famer) would you not want your goaltender to show those same traits? Or perhaps hang his head and talk in downtrodden monotone quotes to the media about how he has to be better and he let the team down.

Head coach Jack Capuano would not announce any lineups for tonight yesterday, saying that Friday would be used as an evaluation day and after this morning’s skate, everything will be made more clear. But Arthur Staple, excellent Islanders beat writer for Newsday, speculated that Poulin ‘could’ be in line for his 4th straight start tonight.

You would have to assume that Colin McDonald‘s spot in the lineup is precarious as well after taking a horrible third period head hit penalty that led to a Kings power play goal.

Stay tuned for our pre-game report this afternoon and snap shots post-game immediately following tonight’s contest.

 

In Case You Missed It

 

Around The NHL

  • Buffalo 3, Toronto 1
  • Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 0
  • Pittsburgh 4, Nashville 1
  • Carolina 3, Anaheim 2 (shootout)
  • Montreal 3, Columbus 2 (shootout)
  • Ottawa 4, Boston 2
  • Washington 4, Detroit 3 (shootout)
  • Minnesota 3, Florida 2
  • Winnipeg 3, Philadelphia 2 (shootout)
  • San Jose 3, Edmonton 1
METROPOLITAN

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

L10

STRK

Pittsburgh

19

12

7

0

24

55

43

5-5-0

Won 1

Washington

20

11

8

1

23

65

58

6-3-1

Won 2

Carolina

19

8

7

4

20

37

51

4-5-1

Won 2

NY Rangers

18

9

9

0

18

41

49

7-3-0

Lost 1

New Jersey

19

6

8

5

17

38

48

5-3-2

Lost 1

NY Islanders

20

7

10

3

17

56

64

3-7-0

Lost 1

Philadelphia

19

7

10

2

16

35

48

5-3-2

Lost 1

Columbus

19

6

10

3

15

48

56

2-5-3

Lost 3

Across The Sound

The Sound Tigers continue to struggle, losing to the Springfield Falcons last night 3-2. Dallas Jackson and Anders Lee were your goal scorers for the baby Islanders. The full story can be found right here on the official page.

Next up is a home game tonight at 7pm EST versus the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Scoring
2. SPR Parlett, (1) (ErixonSkille), 13:36 (PP)
2. SPR Skille, (2) (St. DenisBoyce), 15:18
3. SPR Parlett, (2) (ErixonMarchessault), 5:09 (PP)
3. BRI Jackson, (1) (Gallant), 7:43
3. BRI Lee, (4) (CornellHalmo), 9:38

 

Rank Northeast Division GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA P10

1

Springfield Falcons

13

9

3

0

1

19

36

31

6-3-0-1

2

Albany Devils

15

8

6

0

1

17

39

38

5-5-0-0

3

Adirondack Phantoms

15

7

6

0

2

16

36

38

6-3-0-1

4

Hartford Wolf Pack

15

7

6

0

2

16

44

54

3-6-0-1

5

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

13

4

7

1

1

10

35

47

3-5-1-1

 

 

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  • shlo

    I have confidence in Poulin and most of the team. Some players do not have the compete level needed on a daily basis.

    I have NO confidence in the coaching staff. I begin to believe that the games we won, we won DESPITE our coaches. Most of the other games, we were simply out coached.

    • Ken Meoni

      I’d rather see Poulin in the net then Nabokov. I agree about the coaching staff. I think the staff bends over backwards for Colin McDonald and doesn’t have a clue. McDonald shouldn’t even be playing in the NHL and they have him on the third line. Bring Strome up. Make Casey C the third line center. Send Regin down to the fourth line. OK, so maybe I have a problem with the GM too. :) Too many centers, move another one to the wing. Did not like throwing in a first and second round pick in the recent trade. This team is not done rebuilding. This team is not close to a cup. Now to the owner. Sell the team so money can be spent on what is needed. As Goring said recently, the team is at the league minimum every year, that’s why players don’t want to come. Glad to see Pat sitting in as acting GM for the Sabres. Remember when he was going to work for us? Too much nonsense in this franchise, the whole corporate vote thing is just nuts. I think that just about covers my frustrations with the team.