|Brendan Witt |
Ted Nolan said today after practice that the Islanders will have the services of veteran defensemen Radek Martinek and Brendan Witt for Monday’s 2:05 game at the Coliseum against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“They’re ready, and we’re thrilled to have them back,” Nolan told NEWYORKISLANDERS.COM at the Coliseum today in the midst of the finals of the Lighthouse Tournament. “You’re always a better hockey team when you get back two veteran defensemen. And in this case they are also our two best defensemen.”
Martinek had missed the previous 13 games with a right leg bruise suffered on December 22 vs. Washington. Martinek will give the Islanders defensive unit a much needed bolt of energy while looking to pick up right where he left off. Martinek, in the midst of another outstanding, unheralded season, had eight points and 67 blocked shots in 34 games prior to the injury.
Witt missed the last four games with an ankle sprain sustained during the Islanders’ victory in Calgary on January 11. Even with time missed, Witt still ranks among the top 10 for most blocked shots in the NHL with 109. He will provide veteran leadership and a physical presence to the lineup.
|Radek Martinek |
Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, who had been sent to Bridgeport for a two-game conditioning stint, will be back in the lineup on Monday after posting a 1-1 record, including a 29-save, five-round shootout win over the Philadelphia Phantoms on Friday night.
With the return of Dubielewicz, Mike Morrison returns to Bridgeport, where he has posted a 13-9-0 record with a 2.70 goals against average, including three shutouts. GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY
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|Colin Powell |
General Colin Powell is coming to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday to take part in the ceremonial opening faceoff when the Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, at 2:05 pm.
At the Islanders game, General Powell is hosting Fellows from the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at The City College of New York. Named for the former U.S. Secretary of State – a CCNY graduate – the center is dedicated to helping inner city youngsters get the quality education they need to be America's next generation of leaders. For more on the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, visit http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/ci/cpowellcenter/index.cfm
Islanders fans will not want to miss this extraordinary occasion when the former U.S. Secretary of State joins Islanders owner Charles B. Wang at center ice to drop the puck between Islanders captain Bill Guerin and Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour. General Powell's visit coincides with the culmination of the Lighthouse Tournament, featuring the youth teams from China on Long Island this week as part of Charles B. Wang Ice Hockey Project Hope.
We look forward to seeing you Monday at this special day in Islanders history. LOUDVILLE IS OPEN ON MONDAY!
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