Game Preview: Blue and White Scrimmage
After three days of showing their stuff to the coaches, the New York Islanders prospects will be on display for the fans at the Islanders annual Blue and White scrimmage tonight at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders draft picks, prospects and Mini Camp invites have already been split into two teams – 22 per side – and will play two 25 minute halves. A skills competition, featuring a fastest skater, hardest shot and breakaway challenge, will follow the scrimmage.
Tickets: Tickets for tonight's scrimmage are $10 with proceeds benefitting the Islanders Children's Foundation. Great seats are still available and can be bought here.
Behind the Bench: Islanders Director of Player Development Eric Cairns and Bridgeport Sound Tigers Assistant Coach Doug Howela will coach Team Blue, while Marty Reasoner and Islanders Assistant Coach Matt Bertani will coach Team White.
Veterans: Defensemen Griffin Reinhart and Scott Mayfield are two of the most senior players in tonight’s game. Reinhart is gearing up for his third Mini Camp scrimmage, while Mayfield is suiting up for his fourth. The veterans are split up for the game, as Reinhart is on Team Blue while Mayfield is on Team White.
Back to White: The Islanders are returning to the Blue vs. White format after two seasons of Blue vs. Orange. Team White beat Team Blue 6-5 in 2011, but Ryan Strome’s jaw-dropping shootout goal was the lasting memory from the game.
Reinhart/Pulock: Islanders fans will have their chance to watch Reinhart and Ryan Pulock paired together. The 2012 and 2013 first-round picks are slated to play together on Team Blue’s top pairing.
Pokka Debuts: Ville Pokka will make his Blue and White Scrimmage debut skating with Kevin Czuczman (also debuting) on Team White. Pokka missed last summer’s game while completing his compulsory military service in Finland.
Goaltenders: Philippe Trudeau and Eamon McAdam will tend goal for Team White tonight, while Stephon Williams and Linus Soderstrom will split the duties for Team Blue. Starters have not been announced.
Last Three: Three different teams have won the last three prospect scrimmages.