'"Once he says he's in, I say he's in, he's in," Nolan said after Saturday morning's pregame skate. "If he says he wants to play, he's going to play."'
Archives for April 14, 2007
'Despite losing by three goals, the Islanders lost only one game.'
‘DiPietro has been sidelined since March 25, when he suffered his second concussion in 12 days. He was cleared to practice with the Islanders on Friday afternoon in the Amherst Pepsi Center, but neither he nor coach Ted Nolan would reveal their plans for tonight.’
'Well, let’s put an end to the posturing right now. DiPietro is playing. You can take it to the bank. The Isles didn’t fly their top goalie here on owner Charles Wang’s private jet so he could sit around in a suit and watch poor Wade Dubielewicz get lit up by the Sabres.'
'“It is important,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’re relying on Chris to counter what Sillinger brings to his faceoff percentage and [Islanders center Randy] Robitaille at the same time.”'
'MSG, the Sabres rights holder, isn’t available in HD here, either. But even if it were, the games wouldn’t be in HD because the Sabres don’t produce an HD broadcast.'
‘If Connolly stays healthy, progresses and keeps putting passes on the tape of teammates’ sticks, the Sabres are nearly unbeatable, or at least as much as possible in a grueling 16-team tournament. But if not, and the power play reverts to its regular-season form, running through the likes of Ottawa, New Jersey and Detroit is all the more daunting.’
Isles to Wait Until Game Time to Decide if DiPietro Will Play (New York Times)
DiPietro looks like a go (New York Daily News)
Un-Di-Termined (New York Post)
Ricky’s at the ready (New York Newsday)
Isles need to jump out of zone to jump-start offense (New York Newsday)
Islanders hope to have DiPietro back for Game Two (Sportsticker)
(8) New York Islanders (0-1) at (1) Buffalo Sabres (1-0) (The Sports Network)
Jaffe’s morning skate (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Game preview (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Sabres seek stranglehold; Isles may turn to DiPietro (LetsGoSabres.com)
‘”We’ve had a healthy competition since we were 16 or 17,” Miller said yesterday, as the Sabres prepared for DiPietro’s return to action for this evening’s Game 2 in the series. “He’s a fixture on that team and he’ll be the face of the Islanders for years to come.”‘
‘Does it, as Sabres coach Lindy Ruff put it, smack of desperation?’