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03-30-2016, 04:54 PM

Barring a historic collapse, the Islanders are going to have at least two playoff games at Barclays Center this spring. And following their awfully hard-to-watch 2-1 shootout win over the Hurricanes there on Tuesday night, the evaluation of the ice was scathing, coming from the lone shooter who scored in the three-round skills competition, Kyle Okposo.

“Awful,” Okposo said, pulling no punches in his cutting criticism after his forehand juke beat Cam Ward in the first round of the shootout. “Can’t have it like that. It’s got to change. It’s got to be better than that.”

It’s been a difficult transition into their new urban home for the Islanders (41-25-9), and the people who run this swirling hunk of rustic metal on Atlantic Avenue are sincerely trying to make hockey work as they learn on the fly. But if this is the way the ice is when the high temperature outside was still in the mid-50s, imagine what it will be like if the Islanders are still playing in mid-May? Imagine if the building gets hot and stuffed with Rangers fans for that coveted East River Rivalry?

“Early stages, kind of felt like one of the preseason games out there,” Okposo said, as the puck bounced around all night like a racquetball on a Brooklyn blacktop, pretty much nullifying the Islanders’ speed and skill, their two biggest assets. “It wasn’t very good.”


“We always want to play high-percentage hockey, and I think we had some turnovers through the middle of the ice that weren’t characteristic,” said coach Jack Capuano. “But when [the ice] does get bad like that — and it was a little sloppy out there tonight — you want to make sure you make the simple play.”

Should be interesting to see how this plays out. If any team knows how to play on shitty ice, it's the Rangers.

Phil in Absentia
03-30-2016, 05:06 PM
Classic deflection. Total straw man. Forget that the Isles have effectively imploded since the deadline. Nah, "the ice sucks". Clearly if it were good, they'd be good. Right?

Travis Bickle
03-30-2016, 07:28 PM
Hopefully they will never have to worry about the condition of the ice in May or June.

Captain Clutch
03-30-2016, 08:54 PM
Hopefully they will never have to worry about the condition of the ice in May or June.

I hear the ice is good in Seattle

Travis Bickle
03-30-2016, 09:09 PM
I hear the ice is good in Seattle

Ha! Adios!