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Q&A With Matt Carkner

Newest Isles defenseman shared his thoughts on a variety of topics during his visit to Long Island this week

Wednesday, 08.08.2012 / 4:47 PM / News
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Q&A With Matt Carkner
Newest Isles defenseman talked about summer plans and the Islanders-Rangers rivalry during his visit to Long Island this week

NewYorkIslanders.com got a chance to catch up with Matt Carkner while he was visiting Long Island this week, getting the lay of the land. The newest Islanders defenseman shared his goals for the season, some of his favorite things and his feelings on the Islanders-Rangers rivalry.

NewYorkIslanders.com: How old were you when you first started playing hockey?

Matt Carkner: The first time I put on skates, I was probably around four years old, back on the pond in Winchester. We had a pond that we’d shovel off. We had a lot of friends who would come over and shoot the puck around. We had that until I was about 10 years old, and then I basically moved onto the rinks, and that’s where I played all of my hockey from then on.

NYI: What is your biggest goal for the season?

MC: Individually, I just want to get back to my game and be a solid physical defenseman for this team, help out in the room, and just try and put my best foot forward. The past few years have been a little tough here and there, and I just want to get back on the upswing and help this team win.

NYI: What kind of music do you listen to?

MC: I’m a big country fan, so there’s a lot of different country singers I like. Toby Keith has always been one of my favorites.

NYI: Have you seen any movies this summer?

MC: There’s a lot of good ones out. I watched “The Avengers” with my kids a little while back, and I thought that was pretty cool. I saw “Ted” the other day and thought that was pretty good too. I love comedies and action movies – that’s my kind of thing.

NYI: Why did you choose to wear the number 7 with the Islanders?

MC: I wore that number in juniors with Peterborough for four years, so I went back to it.

NYI: What do you know about the Islanders-Rangers rivalry?

MC: I’m looking forward to that. Obviously, I was a part of one in Ottawa against Toronto, but I know this one is legendary. It should be very interesting. It’s great competition, and obviously the fans love it.

NYI: What are you up to this week on Long Island?

MC: I’m just trying to survive out there (laughing). It seems like people are driving all over the place, swerving in and out of traffic. It’s different than the country roads we’re used to driving. We’re venturing around, looking for a place to live, just doing a big circle around and seeing what’s available.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 32 12 15 -6 27
K. Okposo 32 7 20 -4 27
B. Nelson 32 14 12 6 26
R. Strome 32 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 32 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 32 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 22 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 29 5 7 3 12
N. Kulemin 32 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 31 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 17 6 0 .918 2.30
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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