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Monday, 12.12.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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ISLANDERS NOTEBOOK
Tomi Returns, Bruno to The Bridge

Islanders defenseman Tomi Pettinen has returned from his conditioning stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and will play when the Islanders host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Dman Bruno Gervais has been returned to the Islanders' AHL affiliate.

"The reports on Tomi were good, as we expected," said Islanders coach Steve Stirling after today's practice at Islanders Iceworks. "We're going to continue to go with seven defensemen for a while. I'd like to get Tomi some minutes -- partially because he deserves to play but also because I want to cut down on the icetime when I can of Z (Alexei Zhitnik) and Sopes (Brent Sopel). They've played very well for us, but they'll be even more effective in the long run if I can bring them under 26 minutes a game."

The Islanders estimate that Oleg Kvasha (ankle) will be out at least another ten days, so Wyatt Smith and Kevin Colley will likely remain with the big club for the foreseeable future. "I like what they're bringing -- a lot," said Stirling. "Smith has been very steady and Colley...such a tough, relentless player who won't back down from anybody."

Stirling said after practice today that his focus is on better starts. "A big problem in Columbus, also on Saturday. We were fortunate to get points," he said. "It has to change, especially at home."

The Islanders play four of their next five at the Coliseum, where they are only 6-5-1 this season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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