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Brendan Witt day-to-day, Martinek improving

Radek Martinek and Brendan Witt
The Islanders' defense corps that stepped up big-time in the team's 3-1 victory in Ottawa last night will need to do it again when the Montreal Canadiens come to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for a 7:05 pm match on Tuesday.
Brendan Witt will miss Tuesday's game and remains listed as day-to-day. Radek Martinek is improving but is also not ready to return on Tuesday. Aaron Johnson is coming along well and could see a conditioning stint in Bridgeport before returning to the Islanders.
That means for the Canadiens showdown you'll see the same six as Sunday:
Bruno Gervais - Freddy Meyer
Chris Campoli - Marc-Andre Bergeron
Andy Sutton - Bryan Berard

That's four defensemen 27 years of age and younger. Call Sutton and Berard the greybeards of this blueline.
"I thought all six played really well in Ottawa," Islanders coach Ted Nolan told NEWYORKISLANDERS.COM today after the team finally landed on Long Island after eleven days on the road. "Brendan Witt is such a leader for us, I think the other guys took it upon themselves to step and give their all. There's no reason why they can't keep it going. All six of them are mobile and very capable in all zones."
No word yet on the condition of Ruslan Fedotenko, who took a blatant elbow to the eye in the final minutes of Sunday's game. If Fedotenko is unable to play, a reinforcement will get the call from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers...
The majority of Islanders scouts, including assistant GM Ryan Jankowski and pro scouting director Ken Morrow, were at the Coliseum today for their mid-season meetings...
Welcome back to Howie Rose, who after a vacation returns to the FSN booth for the remainder of the season. Congratulations to Jiggs McDonald, Billy Jaffe, Deb Kaufman, producer Kevin Meininger and director Larry Roth for a particularly insightful post-game report on Sunday. FSN had wall-to-wall coverage of the win in Ottawa, including a live spot with Bergeron, live coverage of Ted Nolan's post-game briefing and tape of Rick DiPietro and Mike Comrie's media scrums. Excellent work all around...
Fans looking for an all-encompassing blog that features links to virtually everything written about their favorite team should check out NEW YORK ISLANDER FAN CENTRAL, one of the new entries in the NYI BLOG BOX. The mysterious, unnamed NYisles1 has an almost obsessive rundown of all thing Islanders and adds plenty of commentary of his own. We don't always agree with it, but you can't say the guy isn't one of the hardest-working bloggers in the business. Check it out at
Interesting note from an AHL release we just received: Brandon Nolan played five games in five nights last week, suiting up for Albany on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and for the parent Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday and Saturday.

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LI Students: Catch an Islanders game for just $10

College students home on Long Island for winter break will want to be part of Loudville on Tuesday when the Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens at the Coliseum at 7:05 pm.

Loudville is the wildest cheering section of young fans in the National Hockey League. And best of all, seats can be purchased for just $10 each.

LOUDVILLE tickets go on sale Tuesday beginning at 6:00 pm. There are a limited number of seats available per game, so arrive early to secure a seat. Remember to bring your Student ID! There is a limit of one $10 LOUDVILLE ticket per ID. Once you get to the LOUDVILLE section, do your part to help lead the crowd in giving the Islanders the best home-ice advantage in the NHL!

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