Lot of virtual coverage bopping around about the Islanders, who are becoming a buzz story (always a double-edged sword, that). Some show up in this site's left-margin headlines, some don't.
So here's some of that, this and the other...
Later today: A look at last year vs. this year. Sneak preview: This year is better. Plus: Whatever you wanna talk about.
- Good news for me: Andrew MacDonald is sticking around a while. Witt's status undetermined as of last night. And if you get Newsday, Gordon likes MacDonald. (Actually, Gordon likes him even if you don't subscribe.)
Dennis Wideman is still smarting from
being overspeeded bycoughing the puck up to Richard Park's forecheck. If he'd caught Don King's presser, he'd know what hit him.
John Tavares and Matt Moulson make a good line, good buddies, and fierce Xbox opponents.
- Justin Bourne has a theory in his special to USA Today about injuries today vs. the glory days.
- Puck Daddy's worst 10 teams of the decade only has one Islanders entry. Guess which one (hint: not last year's).
- The full McLean's interview with Gary Bettman that Mirtle excerpted last week is now online. Puck Daddy also has an interesting take there.
- Speaking of, a Sharks co-owner waxes poetic abot Balsillie. Great. [From the Rink]
Islanders Blogger Theorizing Galore:
- Bryan at The Rivalry calls the Islanders for real (although he's still calling SOLs "loser points." For shame).
- B.D.'s take on the Islanders rising, with an obligatory Rags jab, (yes, they lost last night at home). He brings up the Isles' blocked shots, which is another double-edged sword: Blocked shots mean you give up a lot of shots, which means you're playing with ... oh screw it, this is still a thin-margin team, so that's just how it's got to be. Also at H.I.: Another proponent for Andy Sutton's season. AP77 just slammed his head on his desk.
- Stat trick for the Boston game [Forever1940]
- Okposo Net has thoughts on top-line chemistry, Mark Streit and what's gotten into Sutton.
- Netminder 39 considers the Islanders' playoff merits [Islanders Blogger]
Is this real life? I'm just gonna enjoy this while it lasts...