The Isles take on the Flames tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Barclays Center. Good news: Calgary is almost as bad as us. Bad news: No one is as bad as us, in both the standings and the fancies. Hence the nihilism and Arby's. FIGs can go hurr.
Also, today is the last day for you to get a discount on your LHH custom t-shirt/hoodie from GameDepot.
Fun with Islanders
- Cory Wright reports that Ryan Pulock is back practicing with the team, while Dennis Seidenberg has resumed skating. Just in time! [Islanders]
- Anders Lee was an all-state quarterback in high school in Minnesota, but ultimately chose to go to Notre Dame for hockey. He still has connections to football, however, and toured the New York Giants practice facility with Giants defensive end Romeo Okwara, a fellow Notre Dame athlete. [Islanders]
- 2016 7th round pick David Quenneville and his Medicine Hat Tigers are having themselves quite a season. After an 8-2 drubbing of the Saskatoon blades (in which Quenneville scored), the Tigers improved to 20-5-1-0 and sit first in the WHL.
- Dan and Leboff are back with another episode of Islanders Anxiety. This time, they have Brian Compton of NHL.com on the show to discuss the fragile state of the Isles locker room. [LHH]
A Bold New World
- The Florida Panthers fired coach Gerard Gallant immediately after Sunday's loss to Carolina, in Carolina. It sort of seems like the organization handled his firing poorly, forcing him to take a cab to the airport rather than at least helping him back, or waiting until the end of the road trip. Speculation is that Gallant did not see eye-to-eye with the new, analytics-heavy front office, and after building a team that was supposed to be analytically great, they struggled. New GM Tom Rowe will take over behind the bench. [Miami Herald]
- (How Jack Capuano was not the first coach fired this season is a mystery wrapped in a riddle.)
- All About the Jersey has your Weekly Metro Division Snapshot for the upcoming week.
- Elias Sports Bureau finds new and exciting ways to mislead people about stats, this time with Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux, and last-minute tying goals. [Pensburgh]