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Monday, 12.12.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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