Not too much news to come out of last night's 2-0 loss in Nashville, but we'll give it a go with some additional links, and you can talk about the chaos in Toronto here as well.
- Some initial notes on the lineup and ice time in our LHH recap of last night.
- On The Forecheck has some Predator-centric observations, as well as crunching the game data.
- NHL.com with a brief recap, where Jack Capuano says two shutouts means time to work on some things.
- Isles official site has more, with Anders Nilsson feeling good and describing why he'd like the second goal back.
- Newsday with notes on the Okposo cut above his eye, and the plan to split camp on Tuesday into AHL and NHL + hopefuls groups.
- Toronto columnist Steve Simmons doesn't like Garth Snow's moves except he kind of does and thinks the Oilers maybe paid their #1 picks too much. I'm sure there is a point.
Brawl in Toronto, Suspensions to Come
Elsewhere, Minnesota has two ex-Isles fighting for jobs in Zenon Konopka and, perhaps you've heard, Nino Niederreiter. Nino's battling some other prospects for open slots.
But the real attention from last night was a brawl in Toronto that began after a Sabre fought a Leaf and ended up hitting his head on the ice. (He didn't take his helmet off; it fell off during the fight.) Still upset about that for some reason, John Scott, who is good at being big, threatened Phil Kessel and things got crazy.
David Clarkson left the bench to engage Scott, so he's looking at a lengthy (should be 10 games) suspension which coach Randy Carlyle outright acknowledged in the post-game. Kessel initially swung his stick at Scott (GIF action below), and later speared at Scott long after his own altercation had settled down, so he's due a suspension too. Scott, ironically, probably will get off um, well, "Scott" free. (Sorry.)
Even the goalies fought, with Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier giving the distinct impression that goalie equipment is still too big.
- General rundown of things with player quotes at The Score.
- TSN video here (including goalie fight)
- Sabres fan reaction at Die By The Blade
Finally, this is the best:
All told, a lot of silliness has gone on this postseason -- Sam Gagner's jaw is broken in Edmonton via the stick of Zack Kassian, who faces a hearing -- and while I think the entire situational justice and bizarre half-"codes" are messed up, I guess I'm grateful that so far the circuses in the Islanders' preseason games have been enforcer vs. enforcer, AHL grunt vs. AHL grunt. Hope it stays that way, I guess?