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Islanders News: Chapters of anxiety and waiting

An awful start, home shutout loss and three-day gap sharpens the knives.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
Bunker mentality.
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The Islanders don’t play again until Friday at home against the Penguins before beginning a West Coast swing, so this week is the perfect time for some anxiety and waiting.

Islanders Funk

  • Have to say Dan nailed the present state and, heh, zeitgeist (in the literal sense) surrounding the team and its suffering fans. [LHH]
  • Dan and Mike Leboff go off on that and more in the latest podcast (which by the way is available through several non-iTunes avenues). [Islanders Anxiety]
  • Likewise, the SNY IPB podcast lets loose on the team top to bottom, and welcomes Dan on to say his piece. [SNY]
  • The Islanders are struggling to score. So, that's one thing. [AP]
  • No coincidence that Jack Capuano is among the top three coaches who should be on the hot seat. [Bleacher Report]
  • And Bob McKenzie on the Isles at about 12:22 of this clip. [TSN]
  • THN runs with Capuano and Tavares quotes on taking the blame from stories in the Post and Daily News. [THN]
  • The Daily News (Peter Botte) hilariously suggests that fans are only blaming Capuano while giving Snow a pass, and even closes with the ol "Isle be damned" pun. [SNY on that]
  • Darius Kasparaitis talks Isles, some other team, and life after hockey. [THW]
  • David Quenneville leads WHL defensemen in goals, while Mathew Barzal re-debuted with Seattle. [Isles Prospect Report]
  • The Sound Tigers are up to 8-4 after two shootout wins. [Isles Bridgeport Report]

Anders Lee visits Giants Practice

Hangs with Romeo, reviews film, reminds himself he chose the right sport:

Beyond the Funk

  • A look at what's real and what's not a month into the season. [Sportsnet]
  • By the way, yesterday commenced GM meetings in Toronto, so expect more out of that. Among them: concerns about expansion draft shenanigans, blindside hits, the shootout. [ESPN]
  • In young players shining, part 1: Jack Scheifele learned a wee bit from Dale Hawerchuk. [CBC]
  • Part 2: Excruciating detail on why Mitch Marner is enchanting. [PPP]
  • Part minus-1: Is it time for the Lightning to part with Kristers Gudlevskis? [Raw Charge]
  • Bobby Clarke re-iterates he's a fan of Eric Lindros, he just had issues with the meddling parents. [CBC]
  • Morgan Rielly is unimpressed with Auston Matthews' Call of Duty skills. [PPP]