The Islanders continue their road trip and hit Florida tonight to take on the goalie graveyard* known as the Florida Panthers. FIG picks can be left here. Soon, you'll be able to pick Kyle Okposo, but not tonight.
(*-I realize I just guaranteed a Dan Ellis shutout tonight by saying this but will assume that risk)
- Dom and I unknowingly and coincidentally ran a two-part series on leadership and the Islanders. He translated Jack Capuano's coach-speak into practical matters and I transcribed Rick DiPietro telling a story about making Bill Guerin mad by peeing in the shower. Par for the course, really.
- John Tavares is asked questions and he dodges them like he does defenders. [Puck Daddy Interview]
- Matt Martin found the Department of Player Safety easy and fair to deal with during the suspension process. He and Dallas' Trevor Daley have cordially communicated since their incident on Tuesday. [IPB]
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News prefers his player discipline to be of the biblical rather than clerical variety, and uses the one-game suspension to make his point.
- If the Islanders and Rangers are to meet in the playoffs, it might have to be in a deeper round. Just swell... [NY Post]
- Looks like the Penguins and Islanders could be on a playoff collision course. [Pensburgh. BE NICE if you go there]
- At a business-speak luncheon in New Jersey, Brett Yormark discussed some Islanders marketing plans. [North Jersey.com]
- The Sound Tigers losing streak hits double digits with a 2-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. [CT Post | BST]
- A short story and photo gallery on The Ushers of Nassau Coliseum, some of whom have been there since 1972. [NY Times]
Outside the Tidy Bowl
- Notre Dame goalie and Sabres prospect Calvin Peterson made 87 saves in a 5OT game last night. And lost. Hockey's like that. [NHL.com]
- Nathan MacKinnon will miss 6-8 weeks (aka the rest of Colorado's season) with a foot injury. [MHH]
- Mile High Hockey also talked with Gabe Polsky, director of the recent documentary Red Army.
- The Flyers suddenly fired their goalie coach under somewhat mysterious circumstances. [BSH]
- The progressive Panthers have some social media fun planned for tonight's game. [LBC]
- NHL.com's Super 16 looks at the Amazing Jaromir Jagr.
- In his two weeks as a Maple Leaf, Olli Jokinen enjoyed everything about playing in Toronto, but tells his ex-teammates to stay off the net for their own sanity. [Sportsnet]
- Ryan Kesler talks about being traded to a hated rival. [Players Tribune]
- Washington's rugged John Erskine has been injured for most of the season and he is contemplating his future. [Slam Sports]
- Electronic player tracking could be a league-wide by next season. [Sportsnet]
- The Islanders make a rare appearance in Elliotte Friedman's indispensable 30 Thoughts (29 of which are about other teams). From the column, let your mind soak in the possibilities:
11. Received an interesting note from a source who indicated that last June he'd heard the Islanders offered the fifth overall selection in the draft to Arizona for Keith Yandle. Both teams denied that, but when you pencil in how things would be different, it's better for both organizations it never happened.
If the Islanders get Yandle and Dan Boyle (who they also wanted), they don't acquire Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy and the Coyotes don't receive the extra picks and prospects from the Rangers. Apparently, it was a Glen Sather phone call three days before the deadline that ignited Yandle talks.