A few months ago, I postponed a dentist appointment for the second time. It was just to fill a cavity that wasn’t hurting me anyway. I made the new appointment for today at 1:30, obviously without the knowledge that the Islanders’ lone home matinee game of the season was at the same time and would be of major importance to their slim playoff hopes.
Thursday morning I tried to reschedule with my dentist but they didn’t have any earlier openings. After watching that night’s wet fart against Winnipeg live and in-person, I’m just going to go to the appointment and hope that when I come out, both my cavity and the Blue Jackets’ net have been filled without much issue.
- Casey Cizikas is off the IR and should be back in the lineup today. [LHH]
- After just their fourth full practice in the last 20 days, Doug Weight expects his players to play like "a bunch of crazed dogs." Would be a nice change of pace from Thursday. [Newsday]
- At long last, Anders Lee's Kancer Jam charity event is today after the game. The whole team will be there, adding more incentive for them to get a win today. Good luck to all the participants. Here's Lee on Sirius XM talking about the event. [Islanders]
- Mike's Power Rankings have the Islanders still in the league's top half, despite Monday's disaster.
- Bryan Trottier remembers the Islanders’ first Stanley Cup celebration like it was yesterday. [NHL.com]
- The Sound Tigers were shut out in Providence last night, which puts a serious dent in their playoff push. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
- Sacred Heart's Justin Danforth is now a Sound Tiger. [CT Post]
- Hey everyone: former Islanders owner Sanjay Kumar has been released from prison a couple of years early and is already living down in Florida. I assume he's not ready to get back into the team-owning business. [Newsday | Our Law & Owners entry on how he ended up there.
Around the NHL
- Last night's NHL scores. The Panthers stay alive with a shootout win over the Rangers at MSG.
- What are the Devils going to do with coach John Hynes, and how much blame does he deserve for this season? [AATJ]
- Two from The Players Tribune: Kris Draper and others remember the bloodiest battle in the Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry. | Players remember Brendan Burke and the start of the You Can Play program.
- As the war between USA Hockey and the Women's National Team continues, it's important to know how national team players get paid (or not paid, in this case). [The Ice Garden, which has a ton more on the stand-off]
- Also, the Riveters lost 4-2 to Buffalo last night in the NWHL semifinals, setting up a rematch of last season's Isobel Cup final between the Beauts and the Boston Pride. [Victory Press]
- Chris Pronger a GM? That's would be once his time as a designated cap mule is up. [ESPN]