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Bits: On the eve of Islanders hockey, hallelujah

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Soaking it all in.
Soaking it all in.

We've done lots of prospect and preview posts (with another coming today!) as we pass the time eagerly awaiting for Opening Night, but we haven't done a news dump in a few days.

So if you're catching up or just tuning back in after a summer away from hockey, here's some news and notes and interesting thoughts on hockey overall.

Of note yesterday was the naming of four Islanders assistant/alternate captains, two of them being older players who are very much here for their "in the room" quotient. With none of them being named Frans Nielsen, I can only surmise that Frans works in mysterious ways.

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Thoughts like this are why the Islanders goalie situation concerns me, but does not incapacitate me (emphasis mine):

Leighton sucks, but over the course of his career, he has allowed 1.4 additional goals per 100 shots, or 0.3 per 22 shots, as Bryzgalov faced tonight. If we make a whole bunch of simplistic assumptions - career save percentage represents true talent, shot totals would have been roughly the same regardless of score - Bryzgalov had a 72% likelihood of allowing 0, 1 or 2 goals, while Leighton is at 63%. 

The difference between the best goalie in the league and a minor-leaguer simply isn't that large, and the difference between Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky is even smaller.

Technically the NHL season began last night and technically the Maple Leafs and Flyers are now in first place, but I have a policy of not watching until the Islanders open first. Saturday night (for my Blues from another marriage too) is where it's at for me.