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Islanders Off-Day News: Quine return, Kulemin out, Barzal zone boogie

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The Isles head to the Central time zone with a few changes and a rookie generating buzz.

Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders
Now seeing doctor.
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The Islanders are in Dallas (here are the morning’s practice lines) ahead of a back-to-back Friday and Saturday against the Stars and then the Blues.

Islanders Reads

  • Alan Quine was recalled from his conditioning stint in the AH [LHH] ... which is a good thing because: Nikolay Kulemin was placed on IR, is getting an MRI, might need surgery...it’s not looking good. [@StapeNewsday]
  • Garik examined the individual neutral zone (entry, entry prevention) results for the Islanders through 15 games and the results are interesting espec—BARZAL GOOD HEAVENS. [LHH]
  • Don’t forget, Garik will discuss that and other things through the first month of the season on tonight’s videocast. [LHH]
  • Staple discusses Barzal’s progress with Weight, and relives the famous draft moment when the Bruins passed on him three times and the Oilers dealt the pick to them for Griffin Reinhart. (“Someone’s getting fired after all this!”) [Newsday]
  • With a road back-to-back against tough opponents, expect both goalies to start this weekend and Adam Pelech to find his way back in. [Sports Daily]
  • Dan Rosen’s mailbag with talk of no Tavares trade, more Barzal praise, and needing a goalie? [NHL]
  • The Sound Tigers played a good 40 minutes yesterday morning. Alas, hockey requires 60. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off | BST]
  • Whether in fishing or in passing the puck, Josh Bailey takes a patient approach. [SI]
  • Another cool example of Isles owner Jon Ledecky making direct connections with fans. [SI Live]

Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick discuss their fun trade stories, including mention of the famous Doug Weight-to-Edmonton trade at the end. The Caps basically told Jones at the Coliseum “good luck, find your way to JFK”:

Elsewhere

  • Last night’s scores: The Smurfs won (drat), the Leafs won, the Lightning destroyed the Sharks.
  • Fired Kings GM Dean Lombardi speaks for the first time since getting the axe, and speaks a lot as is his tendency. [Jewels from the Crown]
  • A bummer about the Kyle Turris trade: he played a huge part in providing hockey playing opportunities for people with physical or mental disabilities in the area. [CBC]
  • He’s struggling, but it’s way too early to be worried about Carey Price. [HEOTP]

This is how Matt Martin scores:

And this is how Nikita Kucherov scores: