Observers enjoy the Islanders 5-2 win over the Capitals and get ready for another in Pittsburgh as the second half of the season is upon us.
The New York Islanders are right back at it Sunday night, but their opponent is in no better boat: While the Isles played Saturday afternoon at home, the Penguins were playing Saturday night in Toronto, where the Pens held 3-1 and 4-2 leads but needed the shootout to get past the Leafs 5*-4.
- Further recaps from Saturday's 5-2 win over the Capitals: LHH | Newsday with plenty from hero Tavares | Wash. Post focuses on their bad penalties | Eyes on Isles | IPB | Knight of Cups
- The Capitals were quite frustrated at not getting leeway on Ribeiro's misconduct yesterday.
- An upper body injury kept Evgeni Malkin out of OT and the shootout last night, but no update on his prognosis for tonight yet.
- UPDATE: Capuano is starting Evgeni Nabokov tonight. He mentions the break in the schedule, but it's not the rest afterward (three days) I'm worried about, but the performance on consecutive nights.
- Newsday notes on Brent Thompson's suspension (which finishes today) and Lubomir Visnovsky's appreciation for being allowed time off for the tragedy in his friend's family.
- Mid-term reports: Isles official site on entering the second half | Newsday's Arthur Staple issues grades
- On the farm, Johan Sundstrom and John Persson are now back from injuries; that's huge. But for Chad Costello, it means he and the team are parting ways.
- How are Ryan Suter and Shea Weber doing apart from one another? Not well. Not well.
- After a brutal road trip, Oilers fans at Copper & Blue feel like it's the same old, same old, same old.
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More to come for tonight's game later. The Isles are 11-11-3 for 25 points, a standings tie for ninth in the East, one point back of eighth. With 34 points, the Penguins are two points back of Montreal for the top spot in the East. After tonight the Isles don't play until Thursday in Tampa Bay, so the standings will be making ground on them in the interim.