All eyes were on Brooklyn's game because a majority of the Isles starters were taking part in that game and it was their first real run-through in their new home. Here are few things we learned from Monday's game at Barclays Center...
- Brian Erni talked about it this morning, but it is worth again talking about Kirill Petrov's impressive night. The Russian forward made his presence known throughout the night and did not look out of place alongside Nikolay Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski. It was only one game, but Petrov has looked better and better each day of camp. He had a sluggish start on day one, but if he can keep up strong, consistent efforts, like the one he had on Monday, he could work his way into the opening night roster conversation.
- The ice was a topic of conversation before and after the game. At the end of the day, the ice seemed to pass the first of many tests it will face this season. It did appear to get choppier as the game progressed -- something captain John Tavares mentioned after the game. Aside from it being the first game of the season in Brooklyn, the arena hosted a Madonna concert just two days before, which affected the ice quality. Again, the ice got a passing grade, but it will be a part of the narrative for the first few weeks of the regular season as Barclays Center continues to work out the kinks.
- Some habits die hard for the Islanders. They surrendered a late goal at the end of the second period to end their bid for a preseason shutout, with Taylor Leier scoring for the Flyers to cut the Islanders' lead to 3-1. New York won the game, so it was not entirely like last season, but it sure did give fans some nightmarish flashbacks.
- It was only the first preseason game, but the power play scored twice for the Islanders. Head coach Jack Capuano noted that the team shot pucks on net during the man-advantage, which capitalized twice during the evening. It was a positive to see the special teams work effectively, but again it's only the first preseason game.
- Brett Yormark has proven that he has taken notice to Islanders fans on twitter. During a chat with a small contingent of Islanders beat writers, Yormark told them that Barclays Center had originally intended to re-brand the team. However, he quickly realized it was the wrong decision after hearing from fans. It also likely played into the about-face they did with the team's divisional and conference championship banners that will now also hang in the rafters in Brooklyn.
- Two other notes from that meeting were the breakdown of ticket sales. Yormark told reporters 33 percent of ticket plan sales have come from Manhattan and Brooklyn, with another 30 percent coming from Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Yormark also mentioned that they will announce the team's new radio deal later this week.