30 September 2011
The Islanders fell to the Devils, 1-0, at the Prudential Center. The game itself wasn’t monumental, but there were some interesting developments that happened in the 60-minute battle.
In the battle to see who will get the starting job in net for the Islanders, Rick Dipietro may have solidified his spot as the number one. Dipietro had another solid performance, stopping 20 of 21 shots for a save percentage of .952. He was not tested to often, but did make several nice saves including an impressive glove save on Adam Henrique during an Islanders penalty kill. The performance by Dipietro should solidify his spot as the number one goaltender, unless Evgeni Nabokov or Al Montoya has an outstanding performance tomorrow against the Bruins.
In an unfortunate turn of events Nino Niederreiter suffered a groin injury and left the game early in the second period. The team will evaluate him tomorrow. It was widely believed that Niederreiter would make the Islanders roster out of training camp, but that could be put on hold depending on the severity of the injury.
The Islanders played of their most penalty filled games of the preseason. Michael Haley took seven of the eleven Islander penalties. Most of which were penalties that could have been avoided. To add to it, Ryan Strome received a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding during the final minutes of the game. There is concern that the play could be reviewable by the league and Strome could face supplemental discipline.
The Islanders final preseason game will take place tomorrow when they host the Boston Bruins at Bridgeport, Connecticut.