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Hello from the Nassau Coliseum!
The Islanders prospect scrimmage is set to start at 7 pm. Will be updating this tonight with some thoughts and observations. Also feel free to leave comments and thoughts of your own in the comment section.
Some news before the start of the scrimmage, Anders Nilsson will not play tonight. He is not physically ready. Casey Cizikas and Calvin de Haan also will not be participating, but that was never the plan to have them take part in the scrimmage.
6:51 pm: Here are the rosters for the Orange and Blue team via @IslesEmpire:
7:31 pm: Over half way through the first half of the scrimmage the Blue Team leads 1-0 thanks to a goal by Long Island native Joey Diamond, with the assist going to Ryan Strome. Diamond blasted a shot from the face-off circle. Diamond has looked pretty good, up in the play when he’s out on the ice and just all over the puck. Eamon McAdam has also looked impressive tonight. He has mad some tough saves to keep his team ahead.
8:08 pm: Blue Team makes it 2-0 moments after the second half started. Jason Clark with the goal and Ryan Strome gets his second assist of the night.
8:12 pm: Orange has cut it to a 2-1 game. Victor Crus-Rydberg records Orange’s first goal, with an assist from Mike Dalhuisen. Reader Jared was asking about him earlier.
8:24 pm: Ryan Strome adds to his point count tonight, scoring a goal to give Blue a 3-1 lead. Joey Diamond gets credited with the assist. Tough break for Orange, who seemed to be putting some pressure on Blue. Had a few good opportunities, but Eamon McAdam pushed them aside.
8:37 pm: Colton Beck scored on the penalty shot to cut Blue’s lead to one, but Blue answered right back to make it 4-2. Riley Wetmore is the goal scorer.
8:41 pm: Jason Clark scores on the penalty shot to make it 5-2 Blue.
8:43 pm: Wetmore gets his second goal of the night thanks to an empty net. 6-2 Blue
8:44 pm: The game portion of the evening comes to a close. Blue leads 6-2. After a full intermission the skills competition will begin.After two period/halfs of play, Joey Diamond and Ryan Strome’s Chemistry has been quite impressive tonight. Strome has looked like he has been playing at a different level than everyone else on the ice.
Hello from Buffalo. Tonight the Isles go head to head with the Buffalo Sabres in the season finale. They need a win tonight to keep their hopes of not playing the Pens in the first round alive.
Isles starting the Boyes-Tavares-Moulson line, with Hamonic and MacDonald on defense.
First Period: It did not start off the way many had hoped it would for the Islanders. The Isles were again sloppy to start the game, which allowed the Sabres to create a few more opportunities than should have been allowed. Kevin Porter had two golden chances on Nabokov, but was turned away both times. The Islanders did start to pick things up as the period went on, but continued to give Buffalo chances to work with. Each team traded power play chances. Matt Moulson missed a beauty of chance right in front of the net, and Drew Stafford allowed a centering feed pass go right by him when he was all alone in front of the net. Scoreless after one, and Buffalo outshot the Islanders 10-9.
Second Period: A goal by Brian Flynn 3:29 into the period has put the Sabres ahead of the Islanders. Another not so great performance by the Isles, who squandered away a power play opportunity that included 54 seconds of five on three play. Matt Carkner and John Scott dropped the gloves at 12:03. Michael Grabner had a scoring chance for the Isles late in the period, speeding past the Sabres defense and getting a mini breakaway. He was turned aside by Ryan Miller. Isles outshot Buffalo 9-5 in the period, but trail 1-0.
Third Period: The Islanders can thank whoever was smiling down on them, when Ryan Miller made a mental gaffe of epic proportions that gave Keith Aucoin an easy goal to tie the game. The Sabres had been buzzing for a majority of the period, at one point hemming the Isles in their own zone for an extended period of time. New York had several chances to jump ahead. McDonald fanned on feed in the slot from Aucoin, and Bailey had a similar chance that he didn’t convert on. The Islanders outshot the Sabres 8-6 in the third and 26-21 through all three periods.
The Islanders could clinch a playoff spot tonight, with a little bit of help from the Washington Capitals. If the Capitals win and the Islanders win in regulation, overtime, or shootout they would capture a spot int the postseason.
New York enters tonight’s game with a 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. However, Carolina is the only team in the Eastern Conference that they have not beat this season. Last time, the Hurricanes defeated the Isles 4-2 on February 24 at the Nassau Coliseum.
Here is tonight’s Islander lineup: