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Knee Swelling Still Bothering DiPietro

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Five days after the Islanders returned home from their Western Conference road trip and there’s still no update on the condition of goaltender Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee. There’s a good reason for that.

Indications are that DiPietro is traveling to visit specialists who might be able to determine why the knee still is swelling and hasn’t responded well to the latest surgery performed on Halloween.

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Losing To Win

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

If the goal is to finish with the best shot at the No. 1 draft pick in the NHL lottery, then the first half of the Islanders’ season has been an unqualified success. One game past the midpoint of their season, the Isles are planted firmly in the 30th spot, four points below their nearest competitors for the chance to select either Canadian center John Tavares or Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman in the June 26 draft in Montreal.

As tough as this season has been to watch, the reality is that grabbing a player such as Tavares or Hedman is the best way to build a legitimate contender. Top teams have superstars, and no one on the Islanders qualifies.

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Swollen Knee Cancels DiPietro Start Tonight

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Swelling in Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee prompted the Islanders to cancel his expected start tonight in Calgary, coach Scott Gordon explained after the pre-game skate today at the Pengrowth Saddledome. When DiPietro returns to Long Island with the team after tonight’s game, his condition will be “reevaluated.”...

Asked if he has any idea how long the uncertainty surrounding DiPietro’s availability will go on, Gordon said, “No, like I said, he could have played all three games [so far on the road trip]. That’s why he’s been here and we haven’t done anything else.

“But it hasn’t made the progress that was to be expected, so, rather than just throw him in there, knowing that he’s medically cleared to play, we just figured we’ll hold off and get him back to New York and reevaluate and go from there.”

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Gordon Not Happy With Goal Call

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Before answering postgame questions, Gordon spent a few minutes reviewing tape of the key calls, especially the Oilers’ tying goal. “It was definitely a kicking motion,” Gordon said. “Beyond that, I don’t know what the decision was as far as if it went directly in or hit something else or what the rule was, but it was definitely a kick at that puck.”

Asked if he’s beginning to sense a lack of respect from the refs for the NHL’s last-place team, Gordon said, “It just seems like the last three games it’s kind of hard to believe that we only have four power plays.”

more and watch video of the controversial goal below…

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What To Do With Weight & Guerin

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

On a day when Weight and Guerin reminisced about old times with the Edmonton media, the trade winds that have been swirling around Weight flared up again with rumors of a possible deal with Columbus. Weight said he has been told during the course of this road trip that no deal is in the works….

“Well, you cross that bridge when you come to it,” said Weight, who will turn 38 this month. “Right now, I have to get myself playing. I was hurt about two weeks ago, and I haven’t liked how I’ve played since….”

Guerin, 38, has a “no-move” clause in his deal. Asked if he would invoke it, the Isles’ captain said: “Right now, I’m focused on this season. If something like that comes up, we’ll deal with it.”

At the same time, he said no one from the Islanders has approached him about a contract extension. “I haven’t had any discussions yet,” Guerin said. “I don’t know what to expect.”

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Doug Weight Hits 1000 Points

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Weight made a brilliant cross-ice feed from his own blue line on the right side to Park at the Phoenix blue line on the opposite side to spring him for a breakaway goal that made it a 5-3 game at 16:55 of the third. As a footnote to history, the second assist went to DiPietro.

The Phoenix organization stopped the game to recognize Weight’s achievement, and the crowd gave him a sustained ovation. With a nod to Coyotes coach and managing partner Wayne Gretzky, Weight said, “That’s very nice. Anything run by Wayne Gretzky is first- class.”

The Isles’ leading scorer later added his 1,001st point with a second assist on Park’s second goal with 28 seconds left in regulation. Weight became only the eighth American and 73rd player overall in NHL history to reach 1,000 points.

“It felt good, but it would have been better to creep back into a tie,” Weight said. “I couldn’t move all day. I felt very nervous. I had 25 or 30 people here. It’s something I’m going to be proud of for the rest of my life, and my family was here to see it ... Me being an American, it’s nice to do it on this soil.”

more on the game & watch a video of Weight’s 1000th point below…

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Weight Would Like To Stay With Islanders

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

“I don’t want to be traded,” Weight said yesterday after the team practiced in Syosset in preparation for today’s home game against the Panthers. “I’ve been treated great here. I love the coaching staff, I love the team.”

But the veteran has been around long enough to understand how the business works. He signed a one-year deal with the Isles and has shown through the first half of the year that he still can play at a high level - and that he could help a team with more realistic postseason hopes.

“It’s always a possibility, seeing how the team started,” Weight said. “We’ll see what kind of position we’re at in the new year. But it puts you in a sour mood when you start hearing about it for the first time.”

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DiPietro Now Out With Groin Strain

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

One game into his comeback from a second knee operation in a span of five months, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro is hurt again. He took part in the pre-game skate today at Madison Square Garden but will miss tonight’s game against the Rangers with a strained groin.

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Comparing The Rangers To The Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders are the other team in the Atlantic, and they only thing they seem to be chasing - other than opposing players with the puck - is the first overall pick in the June draft.

And yet, our two local teams have more problems in common than you might think.

Huh? What’s that? How can a team that’s 10 games over .500 have anything in common with a team 11 games under and in the midst of a 10- game losing streak?

Plenty.

The Islanders’ problems are more obvious, thanks to their lesser talent all the way round the rink. Scott Gordon has been beset by injuries (unlike Tom Renney and the Rangers), so he’s juggled lines and defense pairings and tried to get a variety of players to adhere to his coaching system and style.

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Islanders Defensive Style Is Risky

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

(Scott) Gordon’s system is based on an aggressive forecheck that encourages the defense to pinch in an effort to keep the puck in the offensive zone. But sometimes, as happened Saturday in Columbus, the opposing team gains control of the puck and throws it up the ice, sending their forwards off to the races while the Isles scramble to backcheck.

“Personally, I think it’s more of a risky type of game,” (Brendan) Witt said. “There’s a lot of odd-man rushes. But that’s the way he wants us to play, and until he decides he wants to change that, we’re going to play that way.”

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