Although the New York Islanders were able to get the win on Friday night there were some complaints. A few players thought the ice surface was unplayable.
Fourth liner Cal Clutterbuck led the charge in the complaint department when it came to the ice surface. He said the New York Islanders home ice was “unplayable”.
“From about the 5-6 minute mark of the second, you knew it was one of those nights,” Clutterbuck said. “You basically couldn’t string three passes together, the ice was unplayable. But we found a way.”
He wasn’t the only one who thought the ice was an issue. Johnny Boychuk who had the game winning goal said “The ice was real bouncy today so there wasn’t much to do but throw it on net.”
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This was an issue with the Barclays Center last year, and it has seemed to continue into the 2016-2017 season. The Isles attempted to rid themselves of the problem by hiring an ice specialist. Apparently that hasn’t worked.
You’re supposed to have a home ice advantage, but if the ice is unplayable how’s that possible? It’s the little things like this that can turn off a player about the team/arena. Hopefully, this can be addressed as it is a major issue.
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The Islanders need to make the Barclays Center a fortress (Eyes On Isles)
No one can deny that the transition to the Barclays Center has been a difficult one. If the fans make it a home ice advantage the players can feed off of it and thrive.
Some highlights from the Islanders win last night (Eyes On Isles)
The Isles hung on to win after blowing a two goal lead. Johnny Boychuk’s short handed goal was the difference maker in this one.
Ryan Pulock’s debut got cut short due to an injury (NY Post)
Ryan Pulock had five shifts, including one on the power play. After just under four minutes of ice time he headed to the dressing room and his night was done.