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Written by Christian A. | 13 January 2012



Updated 10:07 AM: The Islanders released a statement confirming reports that Dipietro will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. It is abdominal surgery and will sideling him for 10 weeks, according to the team.

Dipietro has also been suffering from Knee swelling.

Original Post: Newsday’s Arthur Staple is reporting that Rick Dipietro will under surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia.

The news is the latest setback for the Islanders former number one overall pick. Staple suggests that this will likely sideline Dipietro for the remainder of the season, but notes the best-case scenario would be an April return. The surgery will be his sixth surgery since 2008.  Dipietro has only appeared in 47 games since the beginning of the 2008-09 season.

Dipietro also shot down rumors that he has been considering retirement. He told Newsday, "Nothing like that has even crossed my mind... I know I can play."

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Written by Christian A. | 12 January 2012



Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders will look to end their streak of bad luck against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight when the two division rivals meet at Nassau Coliseum.

The Flyers have been known to have the upper hand over the Islanders whenever the two clubs meet. It’s a bit of ironic timing, since the Islanders last game was against an opponent, the Detroit Red Wings, that the Islanders had the upper hand.

Last time the Flyers and Islanders met, the Islanders lost 4-3 in overtime on Thanksgiving eve. That game saw the Islanders take 3-1 lead after the first period off two goals from Kyle Okposo, his first two goals of the season, as well as a goal from Michael Grabner. However, the Flyers tied the game with a power play goal in the second period and a go in the third period. Danny Briere won the game for Philadelphia 2:34 into the overtime period.

Coming into tonight’s game Islanders head coach Jack Capuano knows the Islanders need approach the game the same way they approached the game against Detroit.

“Well we have to approach this game the same way we approached the last one and the way we approached all our games,” Capuano said at the team’s morning skate. “Making sure that our guys are prepared to play. We know the tendencies of what Philly is gunna do, but it’s going to come down to the desire and hard work.”

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Written by Christian A. | 12 January 2012



Uniondale, NY --
John Tavares has officially been named the Islanders lone NHL All-Star game representative.

Speculation prior to the announcement that he would indeed be named to the all-star team, especially after the way he has been play of late. Tavares currently leads the team in scoring with 39 (14 goals, 25 assists) and has been major force on the ice creating scoring chances for his teammates.

Tavares was not too hung up on whether he would be named to the all-star team, but understands the honor that is playing in the NHL All-Star game.

“Well no question it’s a big honor,” Tavares said when asked about what it would mean to be an all-star. “I used to watch the game all the time growing up and always dreamed of being in the game. It’d be pretty cool to be an all-star at this level and represent the Islanders as well.”

Someone who is no stranger to the all-star festivities is 2009 Islanders All-Star and current captain Mark Streit.

“For me it was a huge honor,” Streit said when asked about his experience at the game. “The biggest honor you can imagine. It’s a great weekend. You see all the other great players from the league and obviously John played really well and outstanding.”

The NHL All-Star game will take place Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Written by Christian A. | 11 January 2012

Uniondale, NY -- Evgeni Nabokov moved one step closer to reaching his 300th career NHL victory Tuesday night, when he backstopped his team to a 5-1 win over the Red Wings. In fact the win was his 299th.

Nabokov stopped 23 shots in the win over Detriot and posted a .958 save percentage.  At times Nabokov was forced to make some tough saves against the Red Wings. Saves that included a diving save to block a shot from Valtteri Filppula during an early power play opportunity for the Red Wings.

“[Nabokov] was there for us tonight when we needed him,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “He gave us a chance to win that game. Especially there in the first with a couple key saves.”

Islanders forward Kyle Okposo added, “he stood on his head. He made some great saves and that one goal that got by him was a high tip, tough play to stop, and other than that he was perfect.”

In his inaugural season as an Islander Nabokov has had an up and down year. Having to fight for ice time in the beginning of the year, due to a three-man goaltending rotation, and then struggling to get wins when he did start didn’t help. Though he did post solid numbers through his first ten starts, receiving neither a win nor loss in two appearances, and has been getting the results recently.

Through it all he’s posted a 6-10-0 record in 18 appearances for a 2.66 goals against average and .910 save percentage. Which are good for the second best goaltending stats on the Islanders roster.

Due to injuries to Al Montoya and Rick Dipietro, Nabokov has started the past 10 games for the Islanders. Nabokov said he liked playing a lot when asked about it after the game.

The increased playing time has allowed Nabokov to inch closer to win number 300. Nabokov could potentially reach that milestone at the Nassau Coliseum Thursday night should he start against the Philadelphia Flyers.  However the Islanders recently called up Kevin Poulin and he’s expected to get some playing time in order to give Nabokov a rest. And after the game there was some indication that Nabokov’s rest may just come next game.

“He’s played a lot of hockey,” Capuano said when asked if Nabokov will go against the Flyers. “That’s something that we’ll talk to our goalie coach and our coaches and reevaluate that tonight after the game and go from there.”

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Written by Christian A. | 11 January 2012

Uniondale, NY -- During Tuesday night’s 5-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings Islander head coach Jack Capuano took an oddly timed timeout with 20 seconds left on the game clock.

Though Red Wings coach Mike Babcock did not address the late time out call, he was not too happy with Capuano’s decision in the heat of the moment.


(Video courtesy of Islanders Point Blank)

After the game Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank asked Capuano why he called a timeout so late in the game. ‘

“Our top guys were tired,” Capuano responded. No disrespect to their team or their coach, but the bottom line is Kyle and [Moulson] and Johnny played a real good game tonight. They were tired, they iced the puck and when you’re fatigued injures takes place. That’s the exact reason I called that timeout and I’d do it again if I had the chance. Give those guys a little bit of a breather to get back out in the last 20 seconds of that game.”

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Written by Christian A. | 11 January 2012



Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders dominance over the Detroit Red Wings continued Tuesday night. They defeated Detroit 5-1 with two goals from Matt Moulson as well as goals from John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner.

“Well I think with and without the puck it was a good game for us,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “We tracked the puck hard and we had good sticks. I thought defensively we were sound. They’re a good team that gets extended zonetime, we knew they would get their chances, but I really liked our battle level tonight. I thought we elevated our battle level defensively and it was a good group effort tonight.”

The Islander defense maintained the Red Wings to the outside, even though Detroit managed to garner several chances, the Islanders managed to clear the shoot and passing lanes and clear away any rebounds in front of the net.

“I thought our D did a good job containing on the outside and letting [Nabokov] see the pucks from the outside,” Capuano added. “Tonight if you look at the game plan we executed in a lot of areas and that was the key for us tonight, our execution.”

The Islanders started off the scoring late in the first period on a power play opportunity.  Brad Stuart took was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and roughing penalty at the 17:59 mark. Matt Moulson attempted to pass to John Tavares, who was streaking towards the net, and instead caught the skate blade of a Red Wings defender and ended up in the net.
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Written by Christian A. | 09 January 2012

After a poor finish to a three game road trip, the Islanders may be getting some good news.

Goaltender Al Montoya and forward David Ullstrom are scheduled to practice with the team today according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple. Both have been out since December 21 with concussions suffered during a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

According to the report, Montoya will not be ready in time for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum and the team may call up Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin. Poulin has been a roll as of late, posting three consecutive shutouts for the Islanders farm team and set an organizational record.

Anders Nilsson has played back up to Evgeni Nabokov for the past two weeks due to injuries to Montoya and Rick Dipietro. Nilsson’s only start of the season was against the Pittsburg Penguins back on November 21. He allowed 5 goals against in game remembered for the return of injured Penguins start Sidney Crosby.

Nabokov has started eight consecutive games and could use a night or two off. If Poulin is called expect him to get a start or two.

Ullstrom played 14 games before he was sidelined with a concussion. During that span Ullstrom scored two goals and had two assists for four points.

After a tough weekend for the Islanders this should be welcomed news for the team and the fanbase.

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