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)

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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