The Islanders play their second matinee in as many days today, a 3 p.m. start against the Panthers. Hopefully today they remember it's on the schedule.
The Panthers coach Peter Horacheck sounds a bit like Jack Capuano or any number of other coaches:
"Special teams stink," interim coach Peter Horachek said. "Those guys aren't taking responsibility for the penalty-killing. It was not very good.
"There's got to be more desperate play. There's got to be some approach to the game that has more fortitude to it. We were relaxed, sloppy."
- NEW: Frans Nielsen has been taken off IR, meaning Mike Halmo is returned to Bridgeport.
Travis Hamonic won't be playing today, because the NHL enforces its rulebook, usually. [LHH]
- The Islanders' defensive problems seem just a prospect away. Here is some high praise for Griffin Reinhart, with a chart on how much better his WHL team is with him, as well as some more text here. Reinhart has missed a few weeks with an "illness," and he is close but did not return yesterday.
- Arthur Staple discusses how many teams have been inquiring about Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald. [Newsday]
- Kerry Fraser addressed Anders Lee's (second) tying goal against the Leafs, and concludes the officials got the call right. [TSN]
- SEE WHAT YOU DID, GARTH? TAKE ANDERS NILSSON OUT OF BRIDGEPORT, AND SOUND TIGERS LOSE. But seriously, Bridgeport's win streak ended as Worcester stopped their losing streak. [Soundin' Off] [CT Post] [BST]
- Via IslesEnforcer, Matt Donovan set off a bit of a brawl:
- Pat LaFontaine has done it again. [LHH satire, based on real events]
- It sounds like LaFontaine thought this whole thing was, like, a committee. [Puck Daddy]
- Was it a power struggle, or just a change of heart? Signs point strongly to the former. [Sabres Edge]
- This is just downright awesome: The guy who was emergency backup after the Sabres traded Ryan Miller. [Buffalo News]
- So is this: Alan May, the most deadline-traded man in the world. [Sportsnet]
- The Vancouver Canucks aren't starting Roberto Luongo in their Heritage Classic game. Which is, you know, kind of a dick move. "Luongo feels this is somewhat of a slap in the face," said TSN's Darren Dreger.
- Martin Brodeur has been a bit of a tool while denying his quite-evident decline, hasn't he? [NHL]
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