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The following is a guest post from Garik, written exclusively for Point Blank on the Isles early season waiver claims. It was originally written prior to Sunday's game against the Panthers.

In preseason this year, the Islanders picked up three defenders off of the waiver wire. Those guys were Brian Strait, Thomas Hickey and Joe Finley. Strait's out for the year, but I'd like to talk to you today about the other two guys -- Hickey and Finley -- who GM Garth Snow took a chance on for this season. Both of these guys have seen a good amount of action this year; Finley has played 16 games and Hickey 23. But is either one a part of the Islander future? Well, neither guy has shown much scoring ability -- Hickey has three points, Finley one -- so if either of these guys is to be a part of the Islanders going forward, it's going to have to be because of the things they do as a defender.

It's more difficult to measure defense than offense for obvious reasons in hockey. There's no defensive equivalent to goals and assists and the only conventional statistic we have to measure defense is +/-. If you were to simply use +/- to look at Hickey and Finley, you would see Hickey at +4 and Finley at -5 and assume that Hickey was a better defender.

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Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders, 7:00pm ET

Uniondale, NY -- Nassau Coliseum -- MSG+

Tonight the Penguins visit the Coliseum, the first matchup between these two teams since an ugly affair in Pittsburgh a week ago Sunday. The Pens won that matchup 6-1, chasing Evgeni Nabokov after two periods where he allowed five goals. Nabokov will be back in net for the Islanders tonight after Kevin Poulin played last night against Montreal.

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We're not sure exactly why this happened -- the Isles and Lightning aren't hardened rivals -- but today's game at the Coliseum opened with a pair of fights off the opening face off. Matt Martin fought B.J. Crombeen and Joe Finley fought Pierre-Cedric Labrie. For your viewing pleasure, per Keith Quinn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN0oyNqV6IM

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The Islanders picked up the Hulk Joe Finley off waivers from Buffalo today, seriously increasing the size of the defense. Finley sounds like a stay at home, rough 'em up kind of d-man something that is new and rarley seen in Islander Country (hey, we haven't seen Carkner in a game yet). So that's the good news. The bad news is he's a former first rounder who has kicked around in the AHL and ECHL for around five years. He's something of a 6th or 7th defender on this team right now.

Finley will be on this team for the right now, too. The hometown paper of the Rochester Americans, where Finley was playing, seems to think that he'll have to be on the Islanders roster for at least 30 days.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Assuming this particular clause of the waiver rule did not change in the new CBA, I believe the Sabres still would have the first right to claim Finley back if the Islanders try to send him to Bridgeport of the AHL in the next 30 days. Finley?s arrival gives the Islanders nine defensemen in training camp.[/sny-box]

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