A very special Isles practice

Last season's better-than-expected performance from the Islanders has many in the organization thinking a few small improvements could make a big difference in their postseason chances. With that in mind, and with oodles of free time before their first preseason game, the Isles took part in a special team scrimmage Thursday night, seeking to improve on some dreadful stats on both the power play (27th in the NHL) and penalty kill (29th).

The New York Post spoke with head coach Scott Gordon about the issue of special teams, receiving this rather roundabout quote:

“Not that we accomplished, from our win-loss record, a great deal,” [Gordon said], “but we obviously improved. But 34 wins with a more successful power play and penalty kill, when you know going into the season you were towards the bottom in both categories, to be able to say if we can improve in these areas, how many more wins can that translate into?”

Uh, I think he means if they improve on special teams they’ll be better. I think.

The Post article also discusses the uncertain playing-time split between goalies Dwayne Roloson and Rick DiPietro this season, which is still undecided.

For some more detail on the Thursday night session, the team’s site recaps the Isles’ Thursday night special teams scrimmage.

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