The New York Islanders host the Boston Bruins tonight, and the visitors are kindred spirits: The Bruins just got punked in Montreal, dropping a 2-1 third-period lead, giving up the winner with a minute left, and ultimately losing 4-2. REAL NHL teams never do that.
Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight's game here. It's a 5 p.m. start.
Islanders (and Tigers) Reads
- What's wrong with the Islanders? Lots of things are off. Garik16 goes into the data. (Warning: There are a couple of charts and they may offer other info than your brilliant Twitter opinions. Sorry, not sorry.) [LHH]
- Mike has this week's power rankings -- the Isles are where you *and* the media would expect -- and explains his methodology in this week's post. Ask him questions there.
- Josh Bailey, who's been there, has words of advice for Ryan Strome, and the Isles are likely to have Kyle Okposo and John Tavares reunited today. [Newsday]
- This is video of Linda Cohn following Johnny Boychuk and teammates on their LIRR commute to Barclays Center, plus a little basketball too. [ESPN video]
- The Sound Tigers have the AHL's leading scorer and his name is Joe Whitney, an AHL all-star and general lover of hockey. [CT Post]
- They won 4-0 last night, getting revenge on Springfield and seeing Stephon Williams record his first pro shutout. [BST | CT Post]
- They had a new guy in the lineup (one assist), by the name of Strome. Ryan Strome. He's looking to spend more time on the puck. [CT Post | Newsday | LHH]
- Speaking of slumping but highly touted youngsters, Michael Dal Colle scored twice in Oshawa's win. [Durham Region]
- On the nature of trusting the long-term stats data, while enjoying the short-term unpredictable ride. [Altar of Bossy]
Beyond Brooklyn, er Bridgeport
There is a mystery team purusing Patrick Marleau hard, but he has a no-trade clause and loves living where he is. [Fear The Fin] (So if the team isn't the Isles and the team doesn't somehow get it done then everyone should be fired.)
Sergei Fedorov is entering the Hall of Fame. His defection story isn't quite as dramatic as your Stastny or Klima or Mogilny, but it's worth telling. [NHL]