It has been a very busy pre-season thus far for the New York Islanders, as the team is 1-3-0 thus far in games played this season. On Friday night hockey action the Isles fell to the Devils by a final of 1-0.
New York just agreed to a one-year deal with blue liner Steve Staios, who was with the team on a tryout basis. Thus far the defender has played in all three games thus far, and is also slated to play against the Bruins in hockey action tonight.
Staios is a 15-year veteran in the NHL, and has proved to be a valuable member to the team. In two-out of-three games he’s played more than four minutes on the penalty kill-with more than 1:30 of shorthanded play.
The Isles are looking to combine a blend of young blood and veteran leadership to lead them to the playoffs this season. It’ll be the 40th anniversary of the team playing and contributing to the Long Island community.
One of the key members to the team’s success is the returning keeper Rick DiPietro, who showed that when he is healthy that he can compete with any cager in the NHL. ‘DP’ recorded a .952 save percentage in Friday night’s action against the Devils-stopping 20 pucks.
Also trying out with the team is former Devils-star Jay Pandolfo, the forward who was last seen hosting Lord Stanley’s Cup over his head in New Jersey-will look to do the same on the Island.
The Islanders will be in action on Saturday night as they are slated to face the Boston Bruins in Bridgeport, Conn.
Written on October 1, 2011