With the Isles taking on the deep sliding Senators this evening in Uniondale, a old friend joined his mates in practice. A name that could have been forgotten over the past few months, but a name that is synonmyous with the youth movement of the corps of this team.
The Alternate captain was out in full gear in his first full practice since his torn labrum in his shoulder just days after Mark Streit was knocked out until April. It is a hope for better days, as one of the Islanders top scoring threats returns to the ice, for a possible return in the weeks ahead.
“I don’t believe there is any chance that I won’t play this year,” said Okposo, addressing the media after practice. “It felt good, just good to get back on the ice and be with the guys again. I’m still a few weeks away. I’ve got to work on a couple more things, get a little bit stronger, get some contact and I’ll be good to go.”
It is a great sign for sure. Okposo should get a week or two in Bridgeport to get some seasoning, before bringing his skills to the NHL once again.
The Isles face the Sens tonight, who are struggling mightily of late. They have lost six straight with their last effort a 6-0 pummeling by Boston. Coach Cory Clouston has to be one a seriously thin rope, and if they lose this match, could certainly see the end of his stint in Canada’s Capital. No much offensive production, and the defensive, especially the last game has been porous.
The Isles have to take that great effort against Vancouver two nights ago, and apply it here. All of the lines were running well, and providing good efforts. I would think that Lawson would be in net tonight, with Ricky coming back over the weekend. As stated on Islanders Point Blank so eloquently by Chris Botta, I really believe that Kevin Poulin should get the play at the ‘Port and stay into the game, rather than be a bench guy. He has play tremendously, and just looks like he is ready to go. However, the DP situation will take the forefront, so #60 should get his action down below and make his game even stronger.
I am predicting a 4-2 win tonight – so let’s see if I am right.
Have a hockey day folks!