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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:31 PM ET

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.”
POSTED ON Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:25 PM ET

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.
POSTED ON Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:00 PM ET

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.
POSTED ON Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 8:35 AM ET

Here is tonight's probable lineup for the preseason game against the New Jersey Devils:

Matt Moulson, John Tavares, Nino Niederreiter
Michael Grabner, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo
Jay Pandolfo, Ryan Strome, Tim Wallace
Matt Martin, Josh Bailey, Trevor Gillies

Streit, Steve Staios
Mark Eaton, Milan Jurcina
Aaron Ness, Travis Hamonic

Al Montoya
Kevin Poulin

A few extracurricular notes: There is a blood drive prior to tonight's game. Presenting donors will receive two tickets to a weeknight game during the season. Click here to learn more.

Also, tickets purchased at the box office are available as buy-one get-one free.

The Islanders new Team Store at the Coliseum will be open tonight. Fans who check-in on Foursquare at the store can receive 20 percent off by showing the discount tip the NY Islanders left at the store.
POSTED ON Friday, 09.23.2011 / 1:50 PM ET

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


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:

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

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.
POSTED ON Friday, 09.23.2011 / 11:32 AM ET

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:




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.

POSTED ON Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 4:51 PM ET

Last night, in their first exhibition game of the 2011-12 preseason, the Boston Bruins were downed 2-1 in overtime to Calgary. Heading back to Boston for their first game since winning the Stanley Cup, the coaching staff will likely want a fresh set of legs when they face the Islanders on Friday night.

Purely speculation after some research, here is a reasonable guess for tomorrow’s lineup in Boston.

After releasing six players from camp early yesterday afternoon, the Bruins have cut their roster to 27 forwards, 17 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Chris Clark, Craig Cunningham, Zach Hamill, Josh Hennessy, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Shawn Thornton, Trent Whitfield

Matt Bartkowski, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Zdeno Chara, Colby Cohen, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Steven Kampfer, Nathan McIver, Zach McKelvie, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Dennis Seidenberg, David Warsofsky

Michael Hutchinson, Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas

Last night’s roster in Ottawa was as follows:




If Boston decides to sit the players who played in Ottawa to go with fresh legs, and through a process of elimination, this is who could be suiting up for Boston in tomorrow’s exhibition:


POSTED ON Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 4:08 PM ET

2011 Training Camp has been intense. To view a photo gallery, click the photo of Islanders center Frans Nielsen, who tries to get the puck past goaltender Al Montoya while performing a drill during Training Camp at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
(Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
POSTED ON Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 2:01 PM ET

After the second on-ice session at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday morning, Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano would not confirm the roster headed for Boston. However, he admitted a majority of the players out on the ice for the second session would be in the lineup.

Second session:


Donovan-de Haan


Following the skate, Capuano addressed the injuries the team has faced thus far in camp. Mitchell Theorett and Rhett Rakhshani both sustained concussions during the Rookie Games against the Boston Bruins at the start of last week.

“When you have head injuries like that, it’s tough," Capuano said. "You have to go through testing and work through a lot of stuff. There is protocol that you have to go through. I’m sure if you ask those guys, they’ve missed quite a bit of camp, once they’re healthy they’re going to get right back out there.”

Center Marty Reasoner skated in his first practice since last Friday, while veteran winger Brian Rolston missed today's session. Capuano said Rolston should be good after a few days of rest, but admitted he's disappointed these new additions have missed time in the first full week of camp.

“You know what they can do, but at the same time, they’re missing conditioning that we’re going through," Capuano said. "On the opposite side of that, they are pros, they have been in the league a long time. They know how to take care of themselves. They are still doing some off-ice workouts, so I’m not overly worried. Obviously as a coach, you want to have your guys out there, but I understand it’s early and we have plenty of time. So hopefully we get those guys back out there in a high-tempo practice as quick as we can.”

As for why Kirill Kabanov didn't skate in either session, Capuano said, "Just day-to-day right now.”
POSTED ON Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 10:36 AM ET

The first group got on the ice at Nassau Coliseum at 8:45 this morning. The groups have changed from previous sessions in preparation for the preseason games this weekend against the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, just like Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano alluded to earlier this week.

After the second session Capuano is expected to address the media, where he will divulge which group is headed to Boston. Look for an update later in the day.

First Group:
Frans Nielsen
John Tavares
Matt Moulson
Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner
Ryan Strome
Nino Niederreiter
Matt Martin
Marty Reasoner
Tim Wallace
Casey Cizikas
Sean Backman
Tony Romano
Brett Gallant
Mark Streit
Andrew MacDonald
Mark Eaton
Milan Jurcina
Aaron Ness
Travis Hamonic
Benn Olson
Anton Klementyev

Evgeni Nabokov
Al Montoya
Kevin Poulin

Compared to their recent skates, this one was one of their less strenuous days, which permitted Andrew MacDonald (hip surgery) and Marty Reasoner (tweaked knee) to ease back into practice.

“It was kind of one of the easier practices today, you saw out there with the flow and whatnot, a lot of passing and flow drills,” MacDonald said. “So it’s just a progression back into what they’ve been doing.”

Both players will take their recovery day-by-day and will work with the trainers and coaches to make sure they’re staying on target.

“I felt pretty good,” Reasoner said of his first on-ice session since last Friday. “I was getting pretty anxious to get back into it. I was kind of shaking off the cobwebs a little bit. It was nice to get back with the guys and get on the ice and feel like you’re actually doing something here.”

MacDonald said, “I haven’t been skating full-fledged in like eight days, so I felt good considering. I felt a little heavy considering I was off for so long, but I felt strong, I felt good. My timing was off a little bit, but that will come.”
Neither player was sure when they’d see some preseason game action, but both hope to get into at least one before the regular seasons starts.




J. Tavares 78 33 37 6 70
K. Okposo 79 22 42 -4 64
F. Nielsen 81 20 32 1 52
B. Nelson 81 26 14 -3 40
N. Leddy 81 5 35 -9 40
A. Lee 80 15 21 -2 36
J. Bailey 81 12 20 -7 32
C. Cizikas 80 8 21 4 29
R. Strome 71 8 20 -9 28
M. Grabovski 58 9 16 3 25
T. Greiss 23 11 4 .925 2.36
J. Halak 18 13 4 .919 2.30
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