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New York Islanders Bits: Rangers post-game; Realignment; Analytics; Coaching

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A derby day is actual occasion for New York papers to (inadvertently) cover the Islanders, so here's some post-game coverage and other assorted hockey readings.

"Don't do it, Travis! There's another way!"
"Don't do it, Travis! There's another way!"
Bruce Bennett

Yes, the home OT loss to the Rangers happened, and it stings. Here's a little more coverage in which to wallow, plus other more fun reading:

Ken Hitchcock on what ails the Blues, with deeper meaning for Isles fans:

"Your 5-on-5 play is a direct reflection of how much time you spend in the other team’s zone, and we just don’t spend enough time in the other team’s zone right now to be a consistent winning hockey club," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We have to manage the puck better. I think when you manage the puck well, you just end up being a really good 5-on-5 team. You end up creating garbage scoring chances – zone-time, wear-down scoring chances. When you don’t spend enough time in the offensive zone, it’s hard to be a good 5-on-5 team."

Pshh, what Hitchcock really needs is to get angry and violent behind the bench. Isn't it great when a Real Coach (TM) goes crazy and throws things, to show he cares?

And finally, looking ahead: The Capitals, Saturday's opponent, put a whooping on the Cats.