At the Skate: Monday, February 7

Defenseman Jack Hillen talks about Super Bowl XLV and Rob Schremp talks about his position change to left wing

Monday, 02.7.2011 / 12:33 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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At the Skate: Monday, February 7
After having Sunday off to rest and watch Super Bowl XLV, the team took the ice for practice at 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning. But it was back to business as Islanders interim head coach Jack Capuano led the team in a variety of different skating intensive drills as well as a few rounds of suicides.

Despite the tough practice, the mood in the locker room was chipper. Especially Jack Hillen, who is a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and was happy about the game the night before. The Islanders defenseman spent Super Bowl XLV watching anxiously to see if his favorite sports team would be able to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay. And with one final drive, the Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated 31-25.

Here’s Hillen’s reaction:




Schremp on the Wing
In the past few weeks, the coaching staff has decided Josh Bailey would best serve the Islanders at his natural position, center. Since there are already four centers on the team, the coaching staff found Rob Schremp an opportunity that would keep him on the ice; he’s adapting well to the left wing.

“It’s going a lot better than I thought it would,” Schremp said. “Last year they tried me out at wing at the beginning of the year and I wasn’t very good. I mean, I think now that I’ve played a little bit in the league. I mean not that much, but 80-some (88) games and I’ve learned the areas of the ice. Playing wing now is an easier adjustment because I understand the game up here and where guys are coming or where they’re going to force you. I feel really comfortable playing there now. I didn’t think that I would, but I have kind of surprised myself a little bit. I like it.”

Since Schremp has stepped up to play a position he’s seldom ever played, he’s played just two games. And in that second game, he scored two goals, which came at a crucial point for the Islanders. The first goal tied the score at three and the second was a game-winning power play goal, which helped the Isles take a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

“It’s been a while since I’ve scored a goal,” Schremp said. “It’s been a bit of a struggle to get points lately, but I’ve been working pretty hard. It was just kind of like a matter of time I feel. They say when you hit a bit of a drought, you just go back to working hard and I think I’ve been doing that the last seven or eight games. And last game I got rewarded.”

Playing center has different responsibilities than the wing, but Schremp has liked the change.

“It’s less complicated,” Schremp said. “You have to be disciplined enough to stay in your spot because as a centerman you have that natural instant to want to go down and help down low, get the puck and start the breakout. But as a wing, you kind of have to wait for the puck to come to you and you have to trust that your centerman is going to do his job.”

Islanders lineups
Forwards

26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 15 PA Parenteau
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
44 Rob Schremp – 12 Josh Bailey – 37 Jeremy Colliton
17 Matt Martin – 28 Zenon Konopka – 14 Trevor Gillies

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 36 Travis Hamonic
38 Jack Hillen – 24 Radek Martinek
6 Ty Wishart – 27 Milan Jurcina
8 Bruno Gervais

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
1 Mikko Koskinen

Injured
57 Blake Comeau (concussion, no timetable for return)
52 Nathan Lawson (knee, day-to-day)
39 Rick DiPietro (Facial fractures and knee swelling, 4-6 weeks)

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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 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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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