A couple of quick notes from the Coliseum, where the Ice Girls themselves are going through one last practice run before the game…
<li>Some intrigue continues to surround the Islanders’ decision to start Wade Dubielewicz in net for a third consecutive game, even though Rick DiPietro is now back from personal leave.
Who is making the decisions around here, exactly? Good question. Bear in mind it was Garth Snow who directed Ted Nolan to start Dubielewicz on Tuesday, and while Nolan today spoke of the thought and consideration that went into the decision for tonight, one has to at least wonder if he was the doing the thinking and considering.
Curiously, Mike and the Mad Dog are in the building — wow, it really must be a big game — and when they had Charles Wang on earlier today, the Islanders’ owner sounded like he had his own reservations as well.
Whether those reservations are well founded, I suppose we’ll know soon.
<li>Meanwhile, an interesting revelation from Tom Renney just now: Asked about the decision to use Michal Rozsival in the shootout on Tuesday, Renney said it was based on Rozsival’s performance on breakaways in practice, but also because Rozsival had the type of shot to beat Dubielewicz high. Only one problem: despite instructions to the contrary, Rozsival tried to go five-hole on Dubielewicz, and the Rangers ended up losing in the shootout.
What does it all mean? Maybe that we won’t be seeing Rozsival back in the shootout anytime soon.
What does it also mean? That shootouts are goofy, and probably don’t belong in the NHL.
<li>Thanks to reader John for tipping me off on the midday open hockey at the Westchester Skating Academy. The only problem is it conflicts with the Rangers’ practice and morning skate time. I asked Renney if he’d consider switching practice times around to accomodate my recreational hockey career.
I have no doubt the coach is mulling this as we speak…