The Giants are off on Tuesday,?but will be back at practice tomorrow and many of the injured players are expected to return for duty. WR Victor Cruz (calf), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion), OT Ereck Flowers (ankle) and DE Robert Ayers, Jr. (hamstring) are all expected to participate on Wednesday. Also due back is rookie DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot) who has been inactive for the first three games of the season.
A few regulars are getting the night off, but the Islanders will field a pretty competitive roster in Brooklyn. Among the forwards on the ice will be Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey. Highlighting the defense is Marek Zidlicky, Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey.
Poulin has had some rocky times during his tenure with the Islanders. He has 50 NHL games under his belt, but never really managed to fined consistency in his performances. There were times when he played well and looked like he was starting to find a rhythm, but that quickly end and his play would falter. Poulin, selected 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, had a .899 save percentage in those 50 appearances and a 3.07 goals against average.
The NFC East is in shambles these days. The Cowboys may be 2-0 but they will be without both QB Tony Romo (clavicle) and WR Dez Bryant until Thanksgiving at the soonest. The Eagles (0-2) are here to play the Jets this Sunday and no one sees that going well for them, and the Redskins are considering going back to RGIII at QB.
Matt Carkner and goaltender Parker Milner were among the players that had their tryout contracts ended. Carkner was a long shot to make the Islanders roster and will likely end up in Bridgeport for this upcoming season.
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The Giants came out on national television on Thursday night and put a sock in the mouths of all their detractors, outpacing the Washington Redskins from whistle to whistle. They refuse to be fodder for wisecracking talking heads and smarmy late night talk show hosts.
"We won, so smile," head coach Tom Coughlin said after the Giants' 32-21 win over the Washington Redskins. "It wasn?t easy. Nobody said it was going to be."
For many reasons, the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin do not want to sink to 0-3 to start the 2015 season. ?A slow start usually means no playoffs, and for the Giants, no playoffs for the fourth consecutive season will likely mean wholesale changes.
The Giants are need of a win and the Redskins have always been there to provide them with one. That is, until now. The two teams seem to be going in opposite directions. The Giants, at 0-2, have been unable to close out games, while the Redskins have pounded the opponents on both sides of the ball so far this season.
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The team announced the hire shortly before 11 AM on Wednesday morning as the team prepared for it's second preseason game at Barclays Center this season. McPhee was the Washington Capitals general manager for 17 years before he was fired on April 26, 2014.
The Giants are cramming for their latest test, a game against the very physical Washington Redskins (1-1) on Thursday night. The Giants are 0-2 and probably should be at least 1-1, perhaps even 2-0, after squandering fourth-quarter leads in both game in historic fashion.
The Giants' 0-2 start has come with some interesting sidebars. They have actually played seven quarters of effective football and could have won both games. But fate would not have it. They let their guard down against two opponents that had the capacity to beat them, and so it goes.
The Giants were in better spirits today, knowing they aren't the only team in their division going through some rough times. A win vs Washington this coming Thursday will bring their record up to 1-2, tying them with the Redskins and pulling in front of the 0-2 Eagles. The 2-0 Cowboys are facing a trying season with QB Tony Romo (clavicle) and WR Dez Bryant (foot) each expected to miss more than two months.
There will certainly be an adjustment period for the players to get used to their new digs. On the ice, the Islanders tried to get a feel for how the boards were and how the ice was. Despite there being a Madonna concert at the arena just two days ago, head coach Jack Capuano said the ice was good.
Sunday was the latest test of wills for Giant fans as the Blue snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory once again. It's a disturbing trend that everyone hopes will reverse itself and quickly. Last week in Dallas, they had the Cowboys beat, and this week, they had the Falcons beat. What happened? Perhaps it can be summed up by the coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn:
Reaction was still rolling in on Saturday as details continued to come out about Ho-Sang's dismissal from training camp after showing up late the first day. The Islanders took a hard-line stance with the young, sometimes controversial, forward. General manager Garth Snow even made a candid remark to Newsday early on Saturday.
The second group was highlighted by Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Kirill Petrov, Ryan Pulock and Nick Leddy. One of the more intriguing items from the second groups skate was the all Russian line (Petrov-Grabovski-Kulemin).
Head coach Jack Capuano put the group through an energetic practice for the first day.
The Giants have always been known for their conservative, all-business approach in running the day-to-day operations. They have essentially been the model NFL franchise. Even through all the off-field hiccups in the past, e.g. Plaxico Burress, the Giants' brass has taken the high road more often than not.
The Islanders will appear on MSG Networks 77 times this season, with five other games being broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The broadcast crew remains the same. Howie Rose and Butch Goring will be on the call, Shannon Hogan returns as host/reporter, and Stan Fischler is back as a correspondent during home games.
Management has symbolically given the current roster a vote of confidence by the lack of movement during the offseason, and the expectation from the team is to win now. The players in the dressing room have taken notice of the gesture and they're glad that the front office believes in the assembled squad.
Now this is a case of who said what, and why 13-year veteran QB Eli Manning a) didn't know how many time outs the Cowboys had left and b) why he decided to throw the ball out of bounds, stopping the clock.
The group was put through the usual drills and the goaltenders received some individualized attention during the practice. The rookies have been on the Island for the last four days now preparing for training camp, which begins later this week.
The game came down to one play for the Giants' offense. With 1:43 remaining, the Giants had everything going in their favor: the score (23-20), the ball (third and goal on the Dallas 1) and the ability to run down the clock in the process of putting up more points because the Cowboys had just used their final timeout.
The Giants have a lot of questions to answer this season, on both sides of the ball as the Giants go into Sunday night's opener in Dallas. There are a lot of new faces and missing pieces and wealth of young talent they hope will gel sooner rather than later.
"Very emotional for all of us. We should always remember. We should never forget the lessons learned on 9/11. But one of the things to really grab a hold of is the way it unified our country, and made us literally one, with everyone saying what can we do? What can we do?
Thursday, the Giants' three coordinators, OC Ben McAdoo, DC Steve Spagnuolo and STC Tom Quinn, were made available to the media to talk about the state of their respective units as the club gears up for its?season debut Sunday night in Dallas.
It's a whole ballgame out at QDTC ?these days when it comes to practicing during the regular season. A normal week used to be practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but no more.?Thursday's workouts are longer and Fridays will be dedicated "recovery" days.
The Giants filled their last two practice squad openings today with the addition of QB?G.J. Kinne and LB?Gerald Rivers. They will join DE Brad Bars, OT Emmett Cleary, WR Julian Talley, LB Cole Farrand, CB CJ Conley, DT Montori Hughes, OL Adam Gettis and TE Will Tye on the list.
Players claimed off waivers: DT Louis Nix, CB Asa Jackson (Sept. 6).
The 19-year-old defenseman is departing the team for "personal reasons" the Western Hockey League club said in a statement released on Friday afternoon. Pilon had been with the Wheat Kings since the 2013-14 season, when he was traded from the Lethbridge Hurricanes early in the year.
Newsday?s Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple is reporting that the Brooklyn-bound hockey team and their star winger have not had any talks yet regarding an extension. He also added that things have been quiet most of the summer (Sept. 4).
The final preseason game for the Giants wasn't a masterpiece by any stretch, a 12-9 field goal fest that featured some starters that needed work and showcased the back end of the roster. Several hopefuls made their case last night while others did not.
Are Giant fans in for a long season? From what we've seen so far, yes. The overall health of the team is worse than it was a year ago, and key players such as WR Victor Cruz, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, MLB Jon Beason and LT Will Beatty are either missing time or going to miss time.