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Streit and Staios: Blue line stability

Defenseman Steve Staios has found his role on the Islanders blue line

Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 5:16 PM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Streit and Staios: Blue line stability
Sixteen-year NHL veteran Steve Staios has found a home on the Islanders blue line. After attending camp on a tryout, Staios signed a one-year contract and has since been paired alongside the Islanders top defenseman, Captain Mark Streit.

In the Islanders first four games, Staios has averaged just over 17 minutes a night including 2:39 of shorthanded time on ice per game. Though Staios has not yet found his way to the score sheet, the blue-liner has more of an offensive upside than Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano had initially realized.

“I really felt when (Staios) came in here, he was a real stay at home defenseman who blocked a lot of shots on the PK,” Capuano said. “But the more I watch him and the more he tries to play in our system, he’s got more offense than I expected. He sees the ice extremely well. He makes real good decisions, when to jump and when not to jump offensively.”

Steve Staios skates against the Minnesota Wild on October 10, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
Streit saw Staios’ value right from the start of training camp. Adding more of a veteran presence in the locker room was a positive, but Streit also knew that Staios would help strengthen the Islanders defensive core.

“He’s skilled, he makes good passes and he’s got a great first pass, which is really important,” Streit said. “And he’s a great skater; these days that’s really important and I saw that right away.”

For the 38-year-old defenseman who was without an NHL contract prior to camp, Staios is glad to be back on a team where he can contribute on a nightly basis.

“I’ve found my role,” Staios said. “Coming in, I didn’t know where I would be, but through training camp it became more evident where I could most help the team. I just want to continue to build on that and continue to be reliable.”

Reliable is precisely the right word. Staios knows playing a strong defensive game will allow Streit to get up in the play and generate the scoring opportunities he’s known for.

“Playing with a guy with a lot of experience made it easier for me to get back into the game,” Streit said. “He’s strong defensively, he plays tough, he’s smart, he can skate and overall, he’s a really good defenseman.”

Just 60 games shy of his 1,000th career NHL game, one area that Staios would like to improve and be more of a contributor is on the Islanders penalty kill, an aspect of his game that has characterized his career.

“We are off to a decent start, but there are some things we want to tighten up,” Staios said. “We want to be a real force. Special teams are really important throughout the year and we want to have a real calm, steady improvement on that throughout the whole year.”

These veteran d-men complement each other well. Streit with a left shot and Staios with a right shot, they’ll continue to gain chemistry as they play together throughout the year.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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