Islanders Bits: Kevin Poulin Returns to Bridgeport, Sutter Spots the COZO

After the Monday afternoon loss to Nashville (or, as the joke goes, about six minutes into the first period), Kevin Poulin was returned to Bridgeport. As of Monday night the transactions did not list Al Montoya coming off IR from his concussion, but that is the logical inference here. EDIT: Apparently he was never on IR, and the emergency recall did not necessitate it.

Newsday quotes Travis Hamonic on taking that shot on the foot from Shea Weber: "I wear Shot Blockers for a reason,'' he said. "I definitely don't wear them for style points." They also have Preds coach Barry Trotz praising John Tavares' development.

In Newsday's game recap, the Isles blame it on their mistakes and not Poulin, Kevin Poulin blames himself (and the layoff).

More notes from Monday, from around the league, and other Isles links -- including a COZO note that has us rolling:

Islanders Stuff

Brent Sutter is looking for answers in Calgary and that includes a line shakeup that promotes Blake Comeau in the middle of an 11-game goal drought. When he was a supported yet frustrating Islander, we noted his propensity for "COZOs" -- Comeau Offensive Zone Orbits. It seems Sutter has too:

"He can really skate when he’s coming down that wing," said coach Brent Sutter. "But he passes up a lot of shots because he wants to take the puck, goes for the loop around the net to the other side, and nothing happens. That’s what the opposition wants to happen. When he has opportunities, he has to use his shot."

Okay, onward now:

The Hockey n Stuff

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