The New York Islanders are in a playoff position with eight games to go? Welcome back, media.
So now it's 7-1-1 in the last nine -- and if that doesn't make you at least somewhat nervous about what could happen in the final eight, you have steel nerves -- which is bringing out the coverage as media outlets face the potential reality of having to trudge out to Nassau Coliseum.
On last night's 4-1 win over the Flyers, which we recapped here, Moment of Nabby'd here, polled for your Man of the Match here: Newsday, there through wins and losses, captures the latest surge. The Post describes a "palpable" change at the Coliseum. The Daily News uses an AP report, as did the Times. (Come on, Times. Not even a bemused "As Future Beckons in Brooklyn, Team Invokes the Past" brief?)
- Yahoo, which promoted the Islanders' strong start about a lockout ago (right before this season stalled), features the Isles and Nabokov here. Hopefully they don't bring bad luck this time. They were talking Isles on Marek vs. Wysh too.
- ESPN NY treats the playoff push as cute.
- NHL Radio on SiriusXM interviews Newsday's Arthur Staple.
- From Skates on a Plane, apparently the coaching staff's pre-game superstition is some odd sport designed for tall people and completely devoid of ice.
- Mike updates the power rankings and punditry.
- CBS (but not the same CBS voice that mailed in its power ranking comment): A righteous path.
- Down in Bridgeport, they're not dead yet but last night did not go well. The Connecticut Post also profiles debutant Scott Mayfield.
- The ones who walk away: It's just uuuuuugly in Colorado, which makes me wonder if ol' PAP might regret his choice. No doubt Agent Walsh is digging the commission.
Finally, we should pay attention to the rest of the league, too. Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts is a good jumping off point for that, including Olympics insurance talk and #10:
The more you hear about trade deadline day, the more you realize the poker game that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canucks played with each other. Toronto thought it was getting Miikka Kiprusoff from Calgary. When he changed his mind, Vancouver decided to test the waters, but the Leafs waited until an hour before the deadline to engage. So imagine what each side is thinking here. Canucks GM Mike Gillis is saying, "They are reaching out so late. They want a goalie and are desperate." Leafs GM Dave Nonis, realizing Gillis dropped his asking price, is saying, "These guys are desperate to make the move. Let's see if I can squeeze them to take salary." Add in the distrust between Gillis and Nonis and you see why it didn't get done.
This is rec'd for the Radiohead reference and the P.J. Stock, uh, analysis.
Oh, also: Frozen Four starts tonight. But our NCAAers, save for Robbie Russo, are already in the pros.