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New York Islanders could probably use a respite

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Neither the Islanders nor the Penguins seem to want that last spot of the wild cards.

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Today is the day off in swing three by four like New York Islanders They come back from dropping their game to Buffalo Saber in overtime. More time to reflect.

If the team found ways to win in the prime of Barry Trotz’s tenure for the Islanders, now they find ways to lose. They’ve lost five out of six, and in four out of five of those losses, they’ve held the lead at some point during the match. In the month of January, they had two wins in ten matches, earning eight out of a possible 20 points.

Fortunately, the penguins find themselves in a similar predicament, allowing the island’s residents to hang out. But they have three more games to play – with the potential to earn six more points – and they have the potential to win something like a 13-2-1 stretch; Do we really think islanders can run that far?

Looks like the Islanders could really use their upcoming All-Star break. But they still have five games to play (more than eight days) to get there, so keep playing.

Islanders News

About last night:
  • Another frustrating loss that could push us over the edge in seller territory, or at least out of buyer territory. Fly in a spiral! [LHH]
  • Some good, but angry, trained speech:
  • Ho Hum, another Ilya Sorokin column loss despite making 42 saves. It’s starting to feel like the pinnacle of Corey Schneider’s New Jersey years — hey, who was running the Devils back then? [Islanders]
  • When you consider that the swordsmen are also trying to hunt down the islanders, it makes last night’s loss seem even worse! [NY Post]
  • The Sabers hoisted Ryan Miller’s pennant to the rafters before the game, assisting Dominik Hasek. [Sportsnet]
Onwards:
  • The NHL announces the results of the Fan Vote, and Sorokin will be heading to All-Star Weekend after all. After what happened to Dipietro, roll it up, please. [Islanders]
  • Goodbye, Bill. We hardly know you. William Dufour returned to Bridgeport after his first NHL game. [Isles DTD]
  • Once all the construction around the UBS Arena is done, look for the Islanders to host league events like the Draft or the All-Star Game. [NY Post]

in another place

Last night’s NHL scores Including a Capitals win at Arizona and a fall at the Devils in overtime to A legendary sea monster.

  • How close is Rick Tocchet to becoming the Canucks’ head coach? Rumor has it he’s actually standing behind Bruce Boudreau now like a puppeteer. [TSN]
  • Paul Morris was fined $25,000 for his comments to officials. [NHL] His goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky left the game in the first half last night with a lower body injury. [Sportsnet]
  • Stephen Stamkos finally reached 500, and color commentator Phil Esposito encouraged him along the way. [NHL]
  • Ranking … of … strength. strength ratings. Ranked by strength, etc. [Sportsnet]
  • Real-life trade packages for Jonathan Towes from Boston, Carolina, Colorado and Winnipeg. [Sportsnet]
  • Daryl Sutter’s Fire lost to Colorado Avalanche in a fight for the last wild card, and Coach Sutter didn’t mince words for it. [Sportsnet]
  • Eric Francis visited the St. Louis home where the Tkachuk brothers were raised. [Sportsnet]
  • More great, engaging content that comes with my paid subscription to The Athletic: A week in the life of a maple leaf. They had already run out of ideas at this point.

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