Jan 23, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Tanner Glass (15) and New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) fight during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 1/25/14

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Early start at Nassau Coliseum on a Saturday and hoping the Islanders are not singing the Blues…….

The New York Islanders attempt to rebound from a poor performance on national television as they dropped a 6-4 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday evening.

Despite Kevin Poulin making several big saves, the New York defense left him out to dry on numerous occasions against one of the deepest and talented offensive teams in the entire National Hockey League. The fact that rookie defensemen Calvin de Haan and Matt Donovan were the team’s best pair over the 60 minutes speaks volumes for how poorly the veterans performed in a game they were sorely needed.

But it still does not take away from the fact that the Islanders have won 12 of their last 18 games to even bring themselves back into the playoff picture, no matter how dim the light might be at the present time. There are a lot of teams to jump and only 30 games left for which to do it.

If the Islanders were to go 23-7 for instance the remainder of the season, the hope is that the teams in front of them do no better than .500. And that is to not mention the fact that these teams have 2 or 3 games in hand on New York.

Lubomir Visnovsky is inching towards a return to the lineup, skating with the team in a normal contact jersey and participating in all drills. The hope from the coaching staff is that the Islanders veteran and powerplay leader can return sometime next week.

Also in line for a return soon is Evgeni Nabokov, recovering from a quad injury. The expectation is that Kevin Poulin gets the start this afternoon against the St.Louis Blues with Nabokov starting on Monday against the Boston Bruins.

It is going to be very interesting to see which direction the team goes after the Olympic break, especially with the March 5 trading deadline coming fast and furious right after the players return from Sochi. The next two weeks will certainly determine whether New York are buyers or sellers.

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

51

36

13

2

74

32

168

125

2

NY RANGERS

53

27

23

3

57

24

132

135

3

COLUMBUS

50

26

20

4

56

22

148

140

4

PHILADELPHIA

52

25

21

6

56

22

141

152

5

NEW JERSEY

52

22

19

11

55

22

124

125

6

CAROLINA

50

22

19

9

53

21

125

142

7

WASHINGTON

51

22

21

8

52

14

143

154

8

NY ISLANDERS

53

21

25

7

49

15

151

175

 

Across The Sound

The Tigers beat the Portland Pirates in a shootout 4-3 last night as Ryan Strome tied the game with less than 20 seconds to play in the third period.  The official recap can be found right here.

Scott Pellerin’s squad is expected to be bolstered on Monday by the return of goaltender Anders Nilsson, who should be returning from loan with Evgeni Nabokov almost ready to come off the injured reserve list.

The Sound Tigers play the Springfield Falcons on the road Saturday before returning to Webster Bank Arena to host the Syracuse Crunch Sunday at 5 p.m. (c/o Soundtigers.com)

 

 

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