Even with the advent of the "loser point" -- which confounds my traditionalist sensibilities and inflates records everywhere -- with last night's loss the Maple Leafs are now said to be off to their worst start since 1990-91, which is the year the Devils drafted Scott Niedermayer with a pick that the Leafs traded for ... oh let's not go there. Leafs fans have suffered quite a bit for a two-week-old season. Anyway:
- Old friend Joey MacDonald was in goal. It didn't go well, but it wasn't all Joey's fault and maybe no goalie could save them and their awful penalty kill. [Behind The Net two-fer]
- Keeping with the theme of ex-Islanders goalies who were Red Wings products, Chris Osgood got lit up by the Sabres, who shoot a lot, finally scored a lot, and happen to be the Islanders' next opponent. Great. (However: Tomas Vanek got hurt and will likely miss Friday.)
- Keeping with the theme of goalies who used to play for the Islanders, Rick DiPietro made more progress in his rehab.
- Hockey's Future has an update on the Islanders' system depth, but it doesn't even mention Josh Bailey and it mentions "high expectations" for Tony Romano. Hmm.
- Sean Bergenheim sent a full statement to Botta to clarify his reported declining a chance for more minutes at RW.
- 7th Woman's long-held love for Jason Blake took a hit after he rand Drury into his own goalie. But come on, it was the Rangers!
- The Drive for Five is back, busy and optimistic about the kids.
Today, I am grateful for Dwayne Roloson ... as long as we don't go to any more shootouts.