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Islanders News: Defense Optional; Chim City; the Other Hamonic Meat

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Hockey news and notes for Islanders fans.

Ottawa Senators v New York Islanders
yo, careful with that mic pack, Ders.
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Everything comes to an end. Four game winning streaks, home regulation winning streaks, losing streaks, goal droughts. Time to start a new winning streak, beginning Monday night in Sunrise.

Islanders Stuff

Barzal knew he didn’t impress everyone in his pre-draft interviews but felt it was important to stay true to himself.

“I didn’t want to give generic answers,” Barzal said. “If a team asked me if I was better than somebody in my draft year, what am I supposed to say? `No, take the other guy’ So, some people may take that as cocky but I think that’s just me being honest and being myself.’’

  • Wednesday will be another Garik Statcast, this time with special guest Carey Haber. [LHH]
  • Looking at Nick Leddy’s strong season so far. [FanRag Sports]
  • Tanner Fritz had five points and the game-winner in Bridgeport’s crazy 7-6 OT win at Utica last night. [BST | CT Post]
  • In the only normal organizational score of the evening, the Railers lost 2-1 in OT to Adirondack. [Telegram]
  • Justin Hamonic (no relation to Travis, although they’re both from Manitoba) makes a big move east. [Telegram]
  • 2016 draft choice Ben Mirageas makes a home for himself at Providence College. [Newbury Port News]
  • Trottier, LaFontaine and Daneyko talk about what they like and what they would change about the game. [ESPN]

Other Stuff

  • Last night’s NHL scores. A high-scoring night (for everybody but the Sabres).
  • The Islanders are on this list of greatest Penguins rivalries, but one of them is for old timers only. [Post-Gazette]
  • Corey Crawford was placed on IR and J-F Berube was recalled to Chicago from Rockford. He might start on Sunday. Er... good luck with that. [SCH]

Anders Lee was mic’d up for the game and although he didn’t provide the conversational comedy stylings of Casey Cizikas, he did score twice and coin the phrase, “Chim City.”