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Kansas City Didn’t Fail The Islanders

Last night the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders met for a preseason game in Kansas City’s Sprint Center.  As reported on the main page, Jim Baumbach seems to think that, with attendance just below 10,000 (around 9,700) in an 18,000 seat arena, Kansas City hockey fans missed a large opportunity to show the Islanders and the Town of Hempstead that they were serious about wanting a hockey team.  Sorry, Mr. Baumbach, but our poor showing is your team’s fault, not our city’s.

First off, this isn’t our first dance with a team that wants to take us to the prom to make his girlfriend at home jealous.  We fell for it hook, line, and sinker when Mario Lemieux and the Penguins used similar tactics to get the hometown crowd motivated to build a new arena for their team.  So we went out and bought a sexy $275 Million dress and tarted ourselves up for a team that likely would have never been allowed to move out of Pittsburgh in the first place.  Don’t blame us for being a little more demure and blocking off sections of seats when we hear the exact same words out of another team’s mouth.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

I’m very happy with the attendance numbers from last night’s game.  It shows that there’s enough hockey-starved fans in Kansas City that we may just be able to support a team after all (something of which I’m still not wholly convinced), but not so excited as to horribly frighten the Town of Hempstead back home that we’re a threat.  Tell me, what happens if 17,000 people show up to that game?  Does Kansas City get any closer to having the Islanders move here?  I don’t think they do.  I believe that a very large turnout would only serve to scare people into getting the Lighthouse Project passed.  The best thing those thousands of other Kansas City hockey fans could have done is to have either stayed home or gone out and enjoyed another wonderful pitching performance by Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke. 

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  Tags: charles+wang, islanders, jim+baumbach, kansas+city, lighthouse+project

Habs need to find a power play specialist

I guess a lot of fans in Montreal now miss Mark Streit after his departure via free agency to Long Island.

Montreal had last year’s number one power play in the NHL, but they are now sitting 26th with a poor 14.6% success rate, while the Islanders power play has improved slightly from 29th to 25th overall. Streit has 12 points (he would be the Habs’ 5th scorer) in 18 games, with only six of them coming with the man advantage.

Many thought Streit would struggle as a full-time defenseman, but he’s only minus-2 on a very ordinary islanders team. Streit has logged the ninth most ice time in the NHL with an average of 25:53 each game, including over six minutes on the power play.

Meanwhile, Ryan O’Byrne and Patrice Brisebois, who play with Roman Hamrlik, Streit’s former partner on defense, have a combined 1 goal and 4 assists in 27 games this season…

Streit was the shooter on a very effective 1st unit last season along with Markov, Kovalev, Plekanec and A. Kostitsyn. This season, newly-acquired Alex Tanguay is also manning the point with Andrei Markov.

The latter was asked to be the shooter without great success, Markov being more of a passer than a shooter, as shown by his 1 goal and 13 assists in 17 games this season. As a result, the Habs have became very predictable on the power play, and the defensive team is putting much more pressure on Koivu (0 goal on the PP) and Kovalev (1 goal on the PP).

Guy Carbonneau has yet to adjust his strategy and the problem is more and more evident recently as the Canadiens have lost 4 of their last 5 games.

Will Carbonneau change his strategy or will Bob Gainey pull the trigger and acquire a power play specialist with a hard shot (Philippe Boucher anyone)? From: http://www.nhl-northeast.com

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  Tags: canadiens, islanders, montreal, new+york, streit

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