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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 5:11 PM

Last week, we posted a blog about the goalie masks, but Kevin Poulin's was still at the painters. Today, it arrived on Long Island. Here it is:

Going with the same style as last year, Poulin only made a few changes to this year's mask. Mike Bossy and Billy Smith were pictured on last year's, but the Isles goalie decided to expand his "Islanders tribute" theme by inlcuding images of Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin.

To read the whole story and see all six of the Islanders goaltenders masks, click here.

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.26.2011 / 5:22 PM

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano confirmed the the first group on the ice at Iceworks would be the 20-man roster traveling to Calgary for tomorrow's exhibition following the club's second on-ice session. Shortly thereafter, the team boarded the bus to the airport.

If you missed it, here's the lineup:

Forwards
Comeau-Reasoner-Rakhshani
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Wallace
Kabanov-Strome-Gillies

Defensemen
Jurcina-Staios
Donovan-de Haan
Reese-Wishart

Goalies
Nabokov
Koskinen

As for the starting goaltender, it will be Evgeni Nabokov, though Mikko Koskinen will likely see time.

Capuano said, "He’s (Nabokov) played so much hockey and he understands we want to give the young kids a look as well. We know what he’s going to bring to the table he’s going to play, I don’t know if he’s going to play the whole game out there right now, but he’s going to play a majority of the game and as we move on he’s going to play more and more."
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POSTED ON Monday, 09.26.2011 / 3:13 PM

Today's second on-ice session was ramped-up from the first group’s session. After the team defeated the Devils 6-2 on Saturday, they were given the day off to rest on Sunday. As a result, Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano skated the guys (who weren’t headed to Calgary for the exhibition) extremely hard.

“It was a good practice after a day off,” said Islanders defenseman Mike Mottau. “We worked on some stuff defensively, that’s when we did some one-on-one drills where we had to get up ice and come back quickly, get some speed.”

He added, “We briefly touched on some in-zone coverage and communicating with our forwards down low, so it was a good defensive day for us. At the end we did a little conditioning skates. It’s always good after a day off to skate it out and get ready to go back at it tomorrow.”

Despite having a good, hard practice, Islanders forward Matt Moulson said the day of rest was a welcome break from the intense on-ice and gym sessions.

“Obviously the day off was well needed,” Moulson said. “We’ve been going pretty hard, skating every day, so it was good to get some rest. Plus, we’ve talked about getting rest throughout the season this year and making sure we work hard when we are back to work. It was a real good work day today.”

Now that the team has begun their second full week of camp and there’s less than two weeks until opening night, what are the players focusing on individually? What's the mindset?

“I think just working on things you need to work on personally and as a team,” Moulson said. “We have to make sure we are ready to go October 8 with whatever that may be, system wise for the team aspect or personally working on things in your game you need to get going for the season.”

He added, “It’s been high intensity high pace every single practice we’ve had. I’m sure it’s going to be the case for the next two weeks so just making sure you’re making good decisions at a high pace.”
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POSTED ON Monday, 09.26.2011 / 12:26 PM

The team is back at Iceworks for training camp. Here are the lineups from today's second session:

Forwards
Moulson-Tavares-Niederreiter
Okposo-Nielsen-Grabner
Martin-Bailey-Parenteau
Gallant-Marcinko-Romano
McNeely-Cizikas-Backman

Defensemen
Streit-Eaton
MacDonald-Hamonic
Mottau-Ness
Olson

Goaltenders
DiPietro
Montoya
Nilsson
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POSTED ON Monday, 09.26.2011 / 10:06 AM

Practice is under way here at Iceworks. Once again, there will be two sessions, with the first group most likely headed for Calgary later this afternoon. Capuano will confirm after the practice. They'll play the Islanders third exhibition of the 2011 preseason against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern.

The lineup:

Forwards
Comeau-Reasoner-Rakhshani
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Wallace
Kabanov-Strome-Gillies

Defensemen
Jurcina-Staios
Donovan-de Haan
Reese-Wishart

Goalies
Nabokov
Koskinen

Kevin Poulin and Anton Klementyev are also on the ice, but will not be traveling.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:31 PM

Four players who played in last night’s exhibition against Boston will also be in tonight’s lineup against the Devils. Josh Bailey, Trevor Gillies and camp invites Jay Pandolfo and Steve Staios will all receive a second look from the Islanders coaching staff and management.

When asked about his decision, Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said, “For me, there are certain guys that we’ve agreed to tryout, that we want to give a look to. How many games they’ll play total, I don’t know, but those guys will get a look tonight again, they deserve that opportunity. They’ve had a good camp and we reward guys who work hard.”

Bailey signed a two-year deal a few hours prior to the start of Training Camp. Capuano wasn’t specific when he was asked where he sees Bailey within the team’s depth chart.

“I think I see Josh where Josh wants to see himself,” Capuano said. “I think Josh has all the talent in the world, skill level in the world. He’s got a great passion for the game. He’s a competitive kid. He had a little bit of inconsistent play last year, but he’s at the point now where I don’t have to tell Josh too much. Josh knows what he has to do and that’s what I really like about Josh. He’s hard on himself, so I don’t need to be hard on him. He’s just got to find his way.”

As to be expected, Capuano wants the players to push themselves.

“As a coach, you’re always looking at individuals,” Capuano said. “Like I told the guys, they have to evaluate themselves. Obviously there is a foundation in the game plan in place, so for us, we’re still looking at our systems, we’re still looking at our structure, but I’m hoping some of the guys that are pushing for spots on this team can elevate their game and their pace where it needs to be.”
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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:25 PM

The Islanders current training camp roster, which sits at 50, will need to be cut to 23 players by opening night.

Regarding any major cuts, Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano told the media that he would have a conversation with General Manager Garth Snow following tonight’s game against the Devils. They will discuss who will be making the trip to Calgary for Tuesday’s exhibition game and furthermore, when they’d likely make cuts.

However, Capuano said he’s leaning towards a cut following the team’s return from Calgary.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:00 PM

After goaltender Rick DiPietro made 20-of-22 saves in 40 minutes of play in the Islanders first exhibition game of the 2011 preseason, once again, the media addressed the six goaltenders at training camp.

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said that he “puts a lot of faith” in goaltending coach Mike Dunham and said that he thinks the competition is healthy. However, if management decides to start the season with three goaltenders on the roster, Capuano said that will be okay.

“Our goalies are always on the ice prior to practice and getting a lot of reps,” Capuano said. “The guy that’s not playing, if we do have three, one guy gets his own net and the other guys can share, but right now it’s day-by-day, we’ll just see what happens.”

Capuano did like what he saw from DiPietro in his first game back after a healthy off season.

“It was great to see Ricky play well last night,” Capuano said. “He was confident. He was aggressive. His angles were good. His goalie touches were good. So it’s really the first summer that Ricky has had a chance to come in fresh, healthy, but it’s a good problem to have when you have guys that can stop the puck.

DiPietro was glad to get the first game under him and said he’s feeling great.

“It was good to get back for the first game, always exciting, especially going back to Boston,” DiPietro said. “I thought the team played well at the start, unfortunately we weren’t able to finish it out there in the third period, but I think there are some positives we can pull from that game and move forward.”

There are just a few things he’d like to address about his game before puck drop on Opening Night.

“It was the first exhibition game, so there are obviously some things that you’d like to tighten up and work on,” DiPietro said. “That’s all stuff that will come with more repetition, puck handling and exchanges with the defenseman. Overall, I felt pretty good. I just want to continue to get better and better here as we get to the start of the season.”

Al Montoya will get the start between the pipes at home tonight against the Devils, but Kevin Poulin will also see some time. Expect Evgeni Nabokov to play as early as Tuesday when the Islanders travel to Calgary.

To read our story from last week on the six-goaltenders at camp, click here.
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POSTED ON Friday, 09.23.2011 / 1:50 PM

The Islanders roster for tonight's game in Boston has been confirmed. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Forwards
Comeau-Bailey-Parenteau
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Colliton
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
McNeely-Marcinko-Gillies

Defensemen
Staios-Mottau
Wishart-Reese
Donovan-de Haan

Goaltenders Rick DiPietro and Anders Nilsson are on the trip to Boston, but Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano declined to comment on the starter.

According to the Bruins website, this is Boston's roster for tonight:

Forwards
Arniel, Bergeron, Hamill, Khokhlachev, Knight, Krejci, Lucic, MacDermid, Marchand, Paille, Peverley, Pouliot

Defensemen
Bartkowski, Boychuk, Chara, Kampfer, McKelvie, Seidenberg

The Bruins Twitter feed reported that Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice, so he'll get the start. Khudobin is the backup.

Tonight's game will be live-streamed on IslandersTV. Click here at 7 p.m. to watch the game (broadcasting restrictions make the game available only to fans in-market). In-game updates on Twitter @NYIslanders.
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POSTED ON Friday, 09.23.2011 / 11:32 AM

Training camp is back at Iceworks this morning. The team headed for Boston will not skate this morning. The other group is on the ice right now and are currently working on the breakout from the neutral zone.

Lines from practice are as follows:

Forwards
Tavares-Moulson-Niederreiter
Okposo-Nielsen-Grabner
Backman-Cizikas-Martin
Gallant-Strome-Romano
Reasoner-Wallace

Defensemen
Streit-Jurcina
Eaton-MacDonald
Hamonic-Ness
Olson-Klementyev

Goaltenders
Nabokov
Montoya
Poulin
Koskinen

Notes: With four goaltenders on the ice, it looks like the Isles will take Rick DiPietro and Anders Nilsson to Boston.

Brian Rolston and Kirill Kabanov missed practice again today. It also looks like the coaching staff will ease Rhett Rakhshani and Mitchell Theorett back into the game as neither skated this morning.

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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