Less than a week after being traded by the Islanders, Matt Moulson was back in the New York Metropolitan area with his new team.
Unlike his debut with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, Moulson was kept off the score sheet as Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers shut them out 2-0. The former Islander winger saw 19 minutes and 14 seconds of playing time, but did not register a shot in the game.
Since being dealt in a blockbuster deal, that sent two draft picks along with Moulson to Buffalo in exchange for Thomas Vanek, Moulson said the adjustment going from being an Islander to a Sabre has been “easy.”
“The organization has been unbelievable with my family so far,” he said after the 2-0 loss at Madison Square Garden. “They keep helping us with figuring things out. It hasn’t been hard at all.”
The 29-year-old also said that he’s already become “one of the guys” in the Sabres locker room. “After the first morning skate I was accepted into the team. These guys are great guys, so hopefully we can figure out the hockey part and get going,” Moulson said.
However, it was still a little tough for Moulson to be back in the New York/Long Island area. Moulson saw his family while he was back in town, and also had former teammate and friend, John Tavares, over for dinner, according to Newsday. “It was almost like saying goodbye all over again. It was sad all over again,” Moulson told the paper.
Moulson and the Sabres return to the metro area when they play the Devils in Newark on November 30th. And he won’t get to see his former team until March 15th, when the Sabres travel to Long Island to play the Islanders.
Happy Halloween Isles fans! Below are all the Islander stories you’ll need to read before going trick-or-treating:
Coach Jack Capuano on Isles’ recent slide: This is no time to panic — Newsday
Sound Tigers drop 5th in a row — CT Post
Not Big enough — Soundin’ Off
On Bridgeport and Defensive Call Ups — Islanders Point Blank
A New Approach — NY Islanders
Getting Defensive: The Isles Have Some Holes To Fill — The Checking Line
DiPietro loses debut with Hurricanes’ AHL team — NHL.com
And finally, just some Halloween tunes to enjoy!
It is the morning after the Islanders fell to the New York Rangers in their only meeting at Nassau Coliseum Below are all the stories (if you dare) to get you through the morning:
Could Changes be Coming to Isles Defense? — NYI Blog
Frustrated Capuano Wants More Out of Defense — Islanders Point Blank
After First Game, Still Much to Learn for Vanek, Linemates — Islanders Point Blank
Benoit Pouliot’s goal gives Rangers win over Islanders — Newsday
Thomas Vanek needs some time to get cohesive with John Tavares, Kyle Okposo — Newsday
Rangers ice Islanders in frantic finish — NY Post
Vanek pleased with effort in Islanders debut — NY Post
NY Islanders coach Jack Capuano mulls shaking up team’s defense — NY Daily News
NY Rangers 3-2 win over NY Islanders not lacking for spirit or atmosphere — NY Daily News
Islanders ready to throw Thomas Vanek right onto top line — Metro New York
Shifting to Higher Gear, Rangers Rally to Beat Isles — NY Times
Carl Hagelin returns, and Rangers beat Islanders, 3-2 — The Record
Rangers score twice in third to beat Islanders — NHL.com
The Same Mistakes & Isles Fall to NYR — HockeyBuzz
Let Down in Uniondale — Isles Talk
Mistakes and Penalties Doom Isles in Loss to Rangers — LIB Magazine
Jack Capuano wasn’t mincing his words after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at home to the New York Rangers. Capuano spent most of his one minute and 24 second post-game press conference calling out his team’s defense and even hinted at a possible call up happening.
“Think about calling up a guy and putting him in the lineup. I don’t know,” Capuano said, when asked about what can be done to prevent defensive mistakes. “Same mistakes can’t happen. We only have six of them back there.”
The Islanders defense struggled for most of the game. Several defensive breakdowns throughout the game and sloppy play in their own end cost the Islanders in the end.
“Our D have to play better. That’s the bottom line tonight,” Capuano commented. “We need to win more wall battles as our forwards, but our defense has to find a way to play better.”
Now it’s unclear if the Islanders will make a call up in response to last night’s game, but the team has suffered with two injuries on the back end. The Islanders have been without Lubomir visnovsky and Brian Strait due to injuries.
Both Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic have stepped up in their place. Tuesday night MacDonald logged 26:55 of total ice time, which led the team in ice time, and Travis Hamonic played 24:18.
The most likely Bridgeport Sound Tiger to get a call up, should one happen, would be Calvin de Haan, Aaron Ness, or Joe Finely, who was sent down on waivers in September.
The New York Islanders take on their cross-town rival, the New York Rangers, tonight at the Nassau Coliseum. It is the first of five meetings between the two teams, and it is the only time they will play one another on Long Island.
The Islanders went 1-1-2 against the Blue Shirts last season and are 106-113-25 all-time against the Rangers. In their final matchup last season, the Islanders lost 1-0 in overtime on April 13.
Nabokov will make his 10th start in net this season tonight and Brock Nelson will return to the lineup in the place of Eric Boulton. Thomas Vanek will make his Islander debut tonight as well. He will appear on the wing with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.
A side note, both Tavares and Okposo are carrying points streaks into tonight’s game with the Rangers. Tavares has a 10-game points streak going, while Okposo has a five game streak going.
The Rangers come into tonight’s contest off a shutout loss last night to the Montreal Canadiens. The Blue Shirts are 1-2-0 this season in back to back games and they will not have the services of Rick Nash or Ryan Callahan, due to injury. They are expected to get Carl Hagelin back into the lineup, however nothing is official yet.
The Islanders will likely face Cam Talbot in net.
The Islanders and Rangers face-off tonight at 7 p.m.
The Islanders take on the New York Rangers tonight at the Coliseum, but yesterday was all about Thomas Vanek. Below are all the Islander stories you’ll need to get you through the day:
Islanders happy Thomas Vanek is on board — Newsday
Trade of Matt Moulson sends message to Islanders — Newsday
Thomas Vanek trade shows Islanders mean business this season — NY Daily News
Vanek joins Islanders; no extension talks — NY Post
For the Islanders, the future is now — NY Post
Why Islanders GM thinks Thomas Vanek is a good gamble — CBC
Can Garth Snow sell Thomas Vanek on NY Islanders’ future? — Puck Daddy
Islanders fan retires Matt Moulson’s number in his bedroom (Video) — Puck Daddy
Thomas Vanek: I didn’t want to be part of Sabres’ rebuild — Puck Daddy
Garth Snow Reiterates: “You Need To Give Something To Get Something” — Eyes on Isles
Thomas Vanek Laces Up For First Practice As A New York Islander — Eyes on Isles
Trade For Sniper Vanek Shows Islanders Finally Mean Business — WFAN
Not even a day into his stint as a Buffalo Sabre, Matt Moulson has already recorded two goals for his new club.
Moulson’s first tally in a Sabres’ uniform came 3:26 into the first period. Moulson’s goal came from inside the slot off a pass from Tyler Ennis. The goal tied the game at one early in the period. He scored again late in the second period to cut the Dallas Stars lead to 4-3.
The 29-year-old- forward was traded by the Islanders Sunday night, along with two draft picks, to Buffalo in exchange for Thomas Vanek. Vanek will make his Islander debut tomorrow night against the Rangers.