Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bailey Debuts; Isles Lose

Tuesday (11/11) marked the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, commonly remembered these days as Veterans Day. The Islanders played a special 2 PM game versus Philadelphia to help mark the day. While retired General Colin Powell and many uniformed military personnel were on hand, once again the Islanders' guns fell silent in a 3-1 loss.

Prior to the game, Islanders fans learned that 2008 first-round draft pick Josh Bailey would make his NHL debut in it. Though he recorded no shots in 12:30 minutes of ice time, it was refreshing to see the youngster finally get into an NHL game. Unfortunately, he took two costly penalties which highlighted his inexperience at the NHL level.

Other than the Bailey debut, there wasn't too much to excite the midday holiday crowd. While the Islanders outshout the Flyers 36-32 (with Bill Guerin leading the way with 7 SOG), there was no third period lead to blow this time around. Daniel Briere and Mike Richards netted goals against Isles goaltender Joey MacDonald, and even though Trent Hunter put a puck in for the Isles with 3:40 left to play, that was as close as they would get. A Philadelphia empty netter sealed the deal and sent the fans on their way to the parking lots.

The power play, a source of concern with the Islanders, went 0-for-8 in the game.

Kyle Okposo played on a line with Richard Park and Andy Hilbert, recording 2 shots on goal. Kyle has just a solitary goal so far in 15 games, and if this keeps up we may have to do the unthinkable and de-banner him at the top of this page. Don't let it come to that, Kyle!


OkposoNose said...

It's amazing how the offensive impotence is all around. Kyle has managed 1 goal on 32 shots, Comrie 2 on 23 (where was he today?), Bergenheim 2 on 31, etc... Where are the quality shots? It seems the more shots they take in a game the less pucks actually go in? Overspeed? More like Overshoot and shoot and shoot.

Dr. Hook said...

Comrie has a hip injury, which gave Bailey the chance to play.

This team is just not good. On the bright side, it'll soon be time for the November edition of Tavares Watch.

OkposoNose said...

Maybe Comrie needs a little less Duff Time and a little more conditioning time. For a center who should be hitting his prime he sure knows how to get sick and minorly injured a lot. But what would the Isles be with a healthy squad? Hmmm... I wonder.