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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 MTL 22 16 5 1 61 52 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
10 NJD 21 9 9 3 53 61 21
11 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
12 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 20 8 12 -4 20
B. Nelson 20 10 9 5 19
K. Okposo 20 5 14 -1 19
R. Strome 20 4 11 9 15
J. Boychuk 19 2 11 7 13
F. Nielsen 20 5 7 5 12
N. Kulemin 20 4 7 0 11
N. Leddy 20 5 4 8 9
M. Grabovski 17 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 12 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 9 4 0 .918 2.42
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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