[sny-box]The Stanley Cup Champion?Chicago Blackhawks?had the largest cume among Persons 6+, with 129,800. The New York Islanders were ranked last with just 2,000. The?Pittsburgh Penguins?had the largest average share among Men 25-54 with a 33.3 share, far and away beyond the second ranked?St. Louis Blues, with a 12.6 share. The Islanders again were ranked last with just a 0.1.[/sny-box]
When the Islanders move to Barclays, there appear to be plans to change up the radio station. Recently on Twitter, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark responded to a question about whether he would try to get the Islanders on a "major" radio situation with a simple "yes."
Earlier this month, Point Blank reported that the Barclays Center would take over business operations from the Islanders.
According to sources with Nassau and the Islanders, both sides are open to a financial arrangement that could benefit the bankrupt county and the money-losing team. The Islanders' lease does not expire for another two full seasons, in the summer of 2015.
Leaving Nassau Coliseum a year earlier would enable the Islanders to begin capitalizing on revenue streams in Brooklyn, while not playing as lame duck tenants at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike any longer than possible.
OK, so missing a pre-game show isn't the worst thing that could happen. Starting lineups and other news items are usually known hours before the game. But MSG Networks wouldn't preempt the actual game, would they?
Well, they did.
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Despite an early season abdominal injury that almost kept Grabner out of the abbreviated training camp, he looks as fast as ever and it seems as if he's been able to get a solid breakaway chance in most games. Last night's game at Madison Square Garden was no exception, as Grabner almost singlehandedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the very end of overtime.
It looked for a moment like the Rangers could earn the extra point, as Rick Nash was left alone and fed Michael Del Zotto in front of the net. Fortunately, Del Zotto missed well wide of the net. As the puck came back out towards the blueline, Grabner fought off a Ranger forward, then defender Marc Staal, to earn a clear breakaway on goal with only seconds remaining. Behind the play but still in pursuit, Staal took three good hacks at Grabner -- two in a rather unpleasant area -- which was enough of a distraction to cause him to misfire the puck.
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"We thought that we needed some energy and those guys played hard for us, they got us going," Capuano said after practice on Friday. The coach was complimentary of his fourth line, giving them credit for a good forecheck and winning puck battles, which helped them to spend extra time in the offensive zone.
The goal started with Matt Martin pressuring, then hitting, Ranger defender Marc Staal who threw a long pass across the end boards behind the Ranger net. Cizikas intercepted that and fed McDonald cutting to the net, as all three forwards pressured their opponents deep in the offensive zone.
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"I feel great, it's been a lot of hard work over the last couple weeks but I feel ready to go," said Bailey after skating at Islanders practice today, as he continues to make his return from the knee injury. He sustained the injury just before the lockout ended, while playing in Germany. "We'll see what Cappy and the coaches say but I'm excited and hoping to be in tomorrow night."
Bailey has had to miss the Islanders' first ten games due to the injury, and has floated around to different lines at practice this week. Earlier in the week he was splitting time with Brad Boyes on the first line wing. Today, Bailey took Kyle Okposo's wing spot on the second line. Okposo missed practice with an undisclosed illness.
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"Everybody comes to me 'hi I'm Mark, I'm Matt,' Visnovsky continued. Jokingly he said that "it will be homework tonight for me to go to internet, and look at faces, and focus on the names because that's very important for the game."
But even though he didn't know anyone and was a few weeks late for the season, Visnovsky said that he was welcomed by the team.
"It was really cool," Reinhart said in the lockerroom following his first day on NHL ice. "You can definitely tell that it's a faster pace than it is up in junior. I was really looking forward to this day and it came a little later than I expected but I'm excited to be here."
Reinhart spent the practice paired with Ty Wishart on defense, either the third or fourth defensive pairing, an indication the 18-year old could be at camp for depth and experience more than anything else.
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Strome is on Long Island early for next week's training camp, skating informally with teammates today at Iceworks. He's a prime candidate to take one of the few remaining spots left up for grabs. The Islanders have 12 forwards under NHL contract, meaning there are one or two more spots still available. Strome didn't know if he would earn one of those spots, saying he hadn't talked to the coaching staff 'about anything.'
"I don't have control over that, I just got to earn another day and make the decision really hard," he said after today's skate. "I have no expectations really for myself, I just want to play the best I can. I feel like a much better player than I was last year, and I've proved a lot of things and I hope it all works out here."
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On Friday night, I took a trip to Brooklyn to check out the arena and the Barclays Center Classic, a college basketball tournament featuring Kentucky, Maryland, LIU Brooklyn and Morehead State. Kentucky and Morehead both won close games, if you're scoring at home.
As for the arena, which was the the main attraction for me, it is gorgeous, very modern, a stone's throw from the LIRR, and even closer to a bunch of subway lines (See that big green, grassy hill in the photo above? That's the backside of an Atlantic Avenue subway entrance). Playing in this arena will finally bring the Islanders into a 21st century sports arena. It's also for better or worse a lot different than anything Islander fans are used to at the Coliseum.
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The Sound Tigers lead the CT Whale tonight 5-2 after two periods of play. All five BST goals came in the second. Nelson, John Persson, Nino Niederreiter and Casey Cikias (2) had the goals (don't turn up your speakers, there's no audio -- sorry). The video above is Nelson's goal, the Sound Tigers' 4th, and his first as a professional.
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"[The shoulder] feels good," de Haan said at Iceworks on Monday. "I think last time might have been a little bit of a fluke. It feels strong and I'm ready to go."
One of the other questions about de Haan has also been his size and whether he's ready for the NHL level in that respect. He's up six pounds from last year to 195lb and as he likes to say, is always working on getting 'faster and stronger.'
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With fewer than 160 games played at the NHL level, Hamonic is eligible to spend the lockout in the AHL without having to pass through waivers. He's one of many young NHL players who have been assigned to their AHL affilites, a list that also includes the likes of Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Philly's Sean Couturier and Carolina's Jeff Skinner. Hamonic was paired with Matt Donovan on the top defensive pair today, the first full day of camp, and is looking to help lead the team until the NHL is ready to go.
"[The AHL is] the second best league to the NHL and there's a lot of good young players, a lot of guys working hard just to get that one opportunity to get to the NHL level," Hamonic said at Iceworks in Syosset earlier today. "I was grateful to get that opportunity early on in my AHL debut, and hopefully I can come back and give these guys some leadership and be a mentor for the first and second year guys for the time being. Hopefully things will get resolved at the NHL level pretty soon."
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In April, you played your first few NHL games; how did that feel?
Matt Donovan: It was unbelievable. As a kid coming from Oklahoma you don't see that at all -- I was the first born and raised kid from Oklahoma to make it to the NHL -- and that was a pretty cool feeling. As any kid knows growing up playing hockey anywhere it's your dream to play in the NHL and I finally made that dream a reality. It was very cool to play in the NHL a couple games and hopefully many more to come.
"To be honest, there really is no other team but us," Monti said regarding his support for keeping the Islanders on the Hub property. "I'm not saying this for self-serving reasons, I'm saying it because there's nobody that cares about the Islanders staying that's responded. When they say so publicly then they mean so even more privately."
Monti also stressed the need to act now, in an effort to turn around the decades of stagnation that has hindered both the County Hub property, the Coliseum and the team.