In case you haven’t seen it, here is the Islanders opening day roster:
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders are getting down to the wire, with just three preseason contests left, including tonight’s rendezvous with the Nashville Predators.
Head coach Jack Capuano said this morning that Evgeni Nabokov will get the start and is expected to play the entire game. His last preseason start came Saturday, when the Islanders played the Devils at the Barclays Center.
As for the lineup, the Isles are fielding a roster that could very well be seen on opening night. Here is the lineup, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple:
Nashville is also fielding a roster that likely resembles the one they put out on opening night.
The Preds practiced in Nashville and flew out to Long Island this afternoon. They will fly right back home after the game. The Islanders will have a split squad game on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators.
Kyle Okposo is not practice today with his teammates, due to an eye injury suffered during last Saturday’s preseason game against the Devils.
The Islanders official twitter account is reporting that he is day-to-day with the injury. The injury occurred in the third period of the game when he took an opposing players stick to the face. He received several stitches and said that he was fine after the game.
Anders Lee appears to be taking Okposo’s spot in practice today.
BROOKLYN — The Barclays Center may take some getting used, to but for the most part it was a hit. The game itself took a backseat to the fact that Barclays will be the Isles home in two years and this was the first taste fans were getting of the new building.
Did the building have some quirks? Yes. There were obstructed views. In the upper level the seats were steep and walking up the stairs did feel a bit like climbing a mountain. The main concourse was wide a spacious, but the upper level concourse was smaller. That being said, it was still better than Nassau Coliseum’s concourse.
The fact that there were no seats behind one goal, was a real non issue, to me at least. After a while you didn’t even notice it, and as a matter of fact there were fans sitting behind the goal they were just in the upper level. Or they were sitting at the VIP tables by the glass down low.
The video board, which was off center, was another non issue. Like many reporters saw last thursday on the team’s opening day of camp, the fact it’s over the blue line and not center ice isn’t that big of a deal.
Travis Hamonic probably summed it up the best during post game. “Everyone talked about the scoreboard, but if it wasn’t for you guys talking about it I wouldn’t even noticed how it was centered,” he said.
The LIRR trip will take some time for fans to get used to. Prior to game, trains were packed with Islander fans which is a good sign to see people at least trying the train. If Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, Knicks and Ranger fans can do it… I think Islander fans will manage as well.
Sight lines are going to be the big issues for games at the Barclays Center going forward. Consensus seems to be in the lower level the view was fine, but up higher is where the mixed reviews came in. The fans I spoke with, casually, all seemed to like building and didn’t have a problem with the view. But some on social media have been very vocal about their displeasure about the view.
This will be an area the Barclays Center will have to address, but with two years to fine tune things there they do have time.
The only complaint on the players end was the ice conditions.
“The ice was a little rough out there,” Kyle Okposo said after the game. “The puck was bouncing a lot, but that will come with experience for them and the crew.”
Matt Martin agreed the ice was bad, but chalked it up to being just the second time the ice has been used.
“it was the first game,” he said. “People have only skated on this ice twice, so it was the first time anyone has played here. They have a few years to iron that stuff out…. I think they do the best they can with it. It’s obviously not an easy thing, so I thought they did pretty well over all.”
Okposo Takes Stick to Eye
Last night Kyle Okposo left the game after catching a stick to the face in the third period.
His left eye was a bit swollen after the game and had to receive a few stitches after the, but he said he was fine. “It feels alright. Just a little sore,” he said.
The Isles special teams unit needed some work. They had chances on the power play, but couldn’t convert. And their PK had some issues.
“We gave up two power play goals,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “We just got out of the box on the face-off, but there are some things we need to work on special teams, for sure. It’s something that we’ve talked about. We’ve hit on. Next week will be a big week for us as far as hitting a little bit more stride on some of those areas.”
On the man-advantage Capuano placed Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Okposo on the first power play line, with Lubomir Visnovsky and Frans Nielsen on point. Josh Bailey, Colin McDonald and Matt Martin played on the second unit, with Matt Donovan and Pierre-Marc Bouchard playing point.
The Islanders take on the Devils tonight in the first ever NHL game in Brooklyn, with face-off is set for 7. Tonight will be the second time in three days that these two teams have played a preseason game against one another. The Isles defeated New Jersey 5-3 on Thursday night at the Prudential Center, without the use of most of their top players. At least 10,000 fans are expected to make the trip to Brooklyn to see the Islanders play in their future home.
Tonight’s lineup will see some more NHL players than Thursday’s game. Head coach Jack Capuano announced this morning that Evgeni Nabokov will get the start tonight and the Devils will start Corey Schneider.
Tonight’s lineup, courtesy of Arthur Staple:
Moulson – Tavares – Bouchard
Bailey – Nielsen – Okposo
Martin – Cizikas – MacDonald
Boulton – Sundstrom – Johnson
Strait – Hamonic
Donovan – MacDonald
Reinhart – Visnovsky
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders spent the day at Nassau Coliseum preparing for tomorrow’s much anticipated preseason game at the Barclays Center against the Devils.
After practice, Jack Capuano was not sure of the lineup or the starting goaltender for tomorrow’s game. Either Anders Nilsson or Evgeni Nabokov will get the start against New Jersey, and whoever does start “is going to get most of the action tomorrow.” The Record’s Tom Gulitti is reporting that the Devils will start Corey Schneider.
The Islanders announced this morning that Cal Clutterbuck will miss the next four to six weeks with a laceration his leg sustained on Tuesday against Calgary. It was Clutterbuck’s first time wearing the Isles orange and blue since being acquired for Nino Niederreiter back in June.
Due to the injury Jack Capuano had Colin McDonald practice in Clutterbuck’s spot on the third line, with Michael Grabner and Peter Regin.
The full line and defensive pairings from today’s practice:
Colin McDonald on tomorrow’s game in Brooklyn:
“I think everyone is looking forward to playing that game. Obviously it’s going to give us a little sneak peak of what’s to come in two years. I thought we had a lot of fun just even in the opening of training camp there and seeing the new building. It will be nice to see what it’s like with all the lights on and the scoreboard going, and obviously the fans in there. I think everyone is going to be a little bite more excited for this preseason game than maybe some other ones.”
John Tavares on Tomorrow’s Brooklyn game:
Obviously the circumstances are a little different in terms of why we’re playing there and the significance of the arena, and the location. I said it kind of last week, but it will probably feel a little bit like a neutral site game. But obviously we’ll have our fans right there behind us and I’m sure they’re looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to it and another game to get ready for the season.
Speaking of Tavares, he celebrated his 23rd birthday today.
Via Islanders press release:
The New York Islanders have announced the roster for their 2013 Rookie Camp, beginning today at Nassau Coliseum. The 31-player roster is comprised of 13 forwards, 15 defensemen, and three goaltenders. Of those players, 21 are Islanders draft picks (indicated in bold).
Rookie Camp will run through Tuesday, Sept. 10 with Islanders Main Camp set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Clark, Jason 6’2 202 lbs.
Crus Rydberg, Victor 5’11 186 lbs.
Diamond, Joe 5’8 172 lbs.
Halmo, Mike 5’11 196 lbs.
Kabanov, Kirill 6’3 196 lbs.
Lee, Anders 6’3 219 lbs.
Miller, Greg 6’0 187 lbs.
Nelson, Brock 6’4 200 lbs.
Persson, John 6’2 219 lbs.
Quine, Alan 5’11 190 lbs.
Strome, Ryan 6’1 188 lbs.
Sundstrom, Johan 6’3 196 lbs.
Wetmore, Riley 6’0 195 lbs.
Burroughs, Kyle 5’11 184 lbs.
Cantin, Marc 6’1 205 lbs.
Dalhuisen, Mike 6’2 231 lbs.
de Haan, Calvin 6’1 187 lbs.
Donovan, Matt 6’1 198 lbs.
Graham, Jesse 5’11 168 lbs.
Jackson, Dallas 6’2 198 lbs.
Keenan, Mike 6’0 180 lbs.
Leduc, Loic 6’6 213 lbs.
Mayfield, Scott 6’5 206 lbs.
Ness, Aaron 5’10 181 lbs.
Pedan, Andrey 6’3 208 lbs.
Pelech, Adam 6’3 211 lbs.
Pulock, Ryan 6’1 214 lbs.
Reinhart, Griffin 6’5 205 lbs.
Milner, Parker 6’0 184 lbs.
Nilsson, Anders 6’5 227 lbs.
Reiter, Ken 5’10 173 lbs.