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Not doing the whole Rick DiPietro thing

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There is no point worrying about Rick DiPietro until he appears, capably, in an NHL game. The Islanders have a new goaltending corps now.

Plague of hip injuries?

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Islanders fans are all too familiar with hip surgery, with Rick DiPietro, Mike Sillinger and Mike Comrie all going under the knife last year and none returning to 100%. Are hip injuries increasing across sports? Is it related to training focused on strengthening the knees? Or is it a matter of better diagnosis, allowing docs to "fix" problems that otherwise would have been played through and/or rested? The New York Times takes it for a spin, in one of those "experts are talking, but data is incomplete" stories. One doc in the story: "I get 40 hockey players in a six-week period at the end of the season all coming into my office with the same-looking bone structure in their hips, all saying that they have been skating since they were 3 years old."

A more hip- and groin-friendly Islanders training camp?

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The Islanders intended to make summer conditioning and training camp changes to avoid repeated skating injuries. Within a few months, we'll know if it worked.

Right, tough calls: First Nielsen, now Bergie held from Worlds

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They are tough, harsh moves, but the Islanders' decisions to hold back both Frans Nielsen and Sean Bergenheim from the World Championships were the right calls.

Bergenheim, Streit return to lineup

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Well, that makes tonight more interesting. Streit returns after just three games out, but Bergenheim hasn't played since March 10 - 11 games missed with his more severe groin pull. Logan also says Gordon will go with Joensuu and the two-enforcer lineup, to ease the call-up burden on Bridgeport.

Sans stars, Islanders blown out by Habs

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Missing their two best players, the Islanders came out flat at home and gave Montreal an easy 5-1 victory.

Okposo, McAmmond, Streit out; Smith, Bentivoglio up

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Trevor Smith and Sean "hat trick" Bentivoglio get the call up. Okposo's is listed as a "groin" after that awkward fall last night. McAmmond is ill, Streit still has the groin. All are day-to-day. The 2009 Youth Development Tour marches on ...

"It’s happening almost everywhere around the league," he said. The quality of ice and the new m...

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"It’s happening almost everywhere around the league," he said. The quality of ice and the new models of skates are other factors being looked at. "The new skates," Gordon said, "there’s absolutely no give to them at all."

Scott Gordon, responding to Chris Botta about the team's epic injury list this season, which now includes Mark Streit again. Botta said he's heard the same from "dozens" of coaches/players/trainers. Might be of interest to visiting Caps fans, who have seen their share of injuries and bad ice.

McLean: Ruptured Achilles tendon

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Maybe it will take a bigger name for NHL insurers to start adding "no pre-game soccer" to their policies, but this can't help. Kurtis McLean was a nice story -- a NCAA D-III product debuting in the NHL at age 28 and scoring a big goal in his second game. He got two more games in March before this season-ending accident happened in the warmup that has become so common among many NHL teams. Don't know what this will mean for his hockey career, but the hill toward the NHL just got incredibly steeper.

Islanders injuries: Redefining 'MASH unit'

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The Islanders have led the NHL in man-games lost to injury over the last four seasons. This year's epic 500+ games may be just what was needed to assure them of a John Tavares or Victor Hedman.

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