Afternoon Uncertainty

An afternoon game? That was my initial thought when I peered over my calendar. I knew I would be home from my trip to Vegas and I also knew it would be Veterans day, but I wasn’t sure if I had the day off. I do not.

As a season ticket holder and member of the Blog Box, I dislike missing many games. During the past week I sat out missed three so missing today hurts a bit. I am going to try my hardest to get to the game, even if I have to go in work clothes. I even started at 7am today so I would be done at three instead of four. It would make cutting out of work early more pallateable to my office.

That is just one instance of uncertainty.

What else is uncertain? The status of several Islanders players for this afternoons game against the Flyers.

Josh Bailey has been “activated” by the club, but nobody knows if he will play or be sent down to the Bridge for some conditioning (3 games max). Going back to the 3rd jersey intro last month – my conversations with Josh were great. I felt for the guy because not only was he all alone at the hotel (everyone else got apartments or condos) but he did not have a car so he felt trapped. At least one of his problems will soon be solved – he will be back to playing, something he longed for. Good for you kid, I cannot wait to see your debut whether it’s Bridgeport or the Isles!

Mike Comrie also may or may not be playing today – he wanted to get his recently repaired hip “checked out”. Whether or not this means Comrie has been playing through discomfort or not is unknown, but I don’t think it gives him a full pardon on not producing – but it may (who knows about him anymore).

Radek Martinek aka Glass Man, has also been cleared for full practices – but the team has not really said if he is going to dress or not today. Having Marty back on the ice would be great – but this is a guy who can sneeze wrong and reinjure himself. I would prefer he works a bit more so he can at least attempt to make it through the remainder of the season, well at least the first half.

The last bit of uncertainty, the little matter of the Islanders blowing leads in the third period. Will they step up their effort today and battle a full 60 minutes? I guess we will find out a whole lot in the next few hours, won’t we?

Michael Schuerlein

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