Wednesday, November 23, 2011
DiPietro starts, Haley in, Rolston, Reasoner, Niederreiter out
By Katie Strang
Rick DiPietro will start in goal tonight against the Flyers and hope for a bounce-back performance from his last start, an embarrassing 6-0 loss Saturday to the Bruins in which he was pulled after the first period.
Anders Nilsson, who was shelled in his first NHL start Monday against the Penguins, will back up.
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Micheal Haley is back and looking to spark a downtrodden Islanders team that has dropped 12 of its last 14 games.
"I want to change something," Haley said of his recall. "Obviously I'm not going to be a quick fix, but hopefully I can bring some energy."
Haley played 27 games with the Islanders last season and was part of the team's successful stretch during the second half. He prepared hard this summer in hopes of cracking the roster out of camp, but was sent down to Bridgeport.
He's kept close tabs on the team all season, however:
"In my heart, I feel part of this team and want to be a part of it." he said. "Every time they did something, I felt it too."
Haley said he won't think of the bigger picture this opportunity provides, -- whether he can carve out a regular spot up here -- but rather each game as it comes.
"I don't play that game anymore," Haley said. "I'm here now and I'm just going to do what I can do."
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Coach Jack Capuano scratched two veterans Brian Rolston (who he said is feeling "under the weather") and Marty Reasoner along with rookie forward Nino Niederreiter for Wednesday's game against the Flyers.
Capuano's recent personnel moves -- he also benched Kyle Okposo for three games last week -- have sent a pretty clear message.
"It sends the message that everyone here has to be accountable. Anyone can sit," defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. "You don't want to have to worry about that, but you have to take it into consideration the way things are going."
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The Islanders will debut their third jersey tonight, all black sweaters with orange and blue script.