Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Game 12: Isles vs. Hurricanes

12:30 pm Updated: So Rick DiPietro gets the start in Raliegh and Jon Sim gets a hat trick for the Sound Tigers! Gotta love Twitter!
hockeyflan @7thwoman Sim with a hat trick, 25 mins left in game. Tks for the loan.

The headline reads “Slumping Isles visit struggling Hurricanes” Both teams are stalled at ten points and frustrated with only enough wins to count on one hand after playing 11 games so far this season. The Hurricanes have yet to score a goal on their own ice.

The Islanders power play is barely effective at 22% while the Hurricanes’ efforts hardly register at 12%. Scott Gordon had the Islanders practicing PP drills on the smaller ice yesterday at Ice Works before leaving for Raleigh. The Hurricanes worked on their face-offs. The Islanders, with the likes of Zenon Konopka, stand at 51% face off wins to the ‘Canes 37.4%.

If you’ve got over 5 minutes, you can listen to Scott Gordon break-down preparation with SNY’s Islanders Point Blank TV. (below) Painfully detailed and one chuckle.

This could be anyone’s game. Rob Schremp is going to do everything possible to make it belong to the Islanders. Rob will make his season debut tonight and it’s about time. Rob is one of the players I was most interested in watching this season, and now he is already behind in his stat-pack. The way he plays his high energy game, it wasn’t really feasible for him to play all 82 games, but now he’s starting out with only 71 ahead of him. Still, as hard as it was to sit out and watch his team play while he was on IR, it had to be better than watching the team play while he was a healthy scratch.

I asked a retired NHLer what the Islanders could do to break this losing streak and get back on track. His answer was “one.” “One shift, one period and one game at a time. Win every one-on-one battle, win every shift.” Sounds simple, right?

It isn’t.

Not sure if it will be Dwayne Roloson or Rick DiPietro tonight as each is assured one game on this road trip. Scott Gordon will alert the media as late as possible I'm sure.

Line combinations from those who were there yesterday look like this.
Matt Moulson-John Tavares-P.A. Parenteau

Josh Bailey-Rob Schremp-Blake Comeau

Doug Weight-Frans Nielsen-Michael Grabner

Matt Martin/Trevor Gillies-Zenon Konopka-Trent Hunter

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