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Islanders News: Injuries, reinforcements, back on the ice

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The bye break ends with some AHL recalls in the house to prepare for Saturday’s Battle of New York.

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After a bye “week” (like four days really) break to recharge, the Islanders now get back together and prep for tomorrow’s matinee against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Leave your First Islanders Recall picks here. (No, I kid, no such game, though maybe there should be.)

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  • The roster news of yesterday? Anthony Beauvillier and Sebastian Aho were recalled (no surprise), along with...Michael Dal Colle (big surprise), potentially setting up his NHL debut. That’s because Andrew Ladd, Josh Bailey and Johnny Boychuk were and still may be too hurt to play. [LHH | Sound Tigers]
  • Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson, who’s got a big role in developing the prospects and scratched Joshua Ho-Sang this week, says Dal Colle is trending in the right direction, doing the extra work, and “is in a good spot mentally.” [Isles Insight]
  • But Ho-Sang will be back in the lineup, says Thompson: “We need him going. We need Josh to play the way Josh can, and also buy into our team concept.” [Soundin’ Off]
  • [Dan here] The saga continued last night in an article by Greg Joyce of the Post, where Thompson calls Ho-Sang “a baby” (with an “outstanding upside”) that still needs time to mature and Ho-Sang said the AHL time was “burning NHL years off my career.” The juicy quotes probably come off worse than they’re meant to but with the big club’s season on the brink and Ho-Sang’s future a concern, they’re the last thing anyone needed. [Dan out]
  • What’s been eating the Islanders? Spizzwolf dives into the 4-0 loss to the Penguins to find so many things that are typical of their flaws this season. [LHH]
  • I returned to my home echo studio to join Dan and Mike on the latest Islanders Anxiety podcast, talking the first half, how to fix things, whether we have hope or confusion or a finely balanced cocktail of both, and recalling the Ryan O’Byrne own goal.
  • In the third part of his off-week series, Arthur Staple looks at what’s ahead for the Islanders. [Newsday]
  • Speaking of which, “the Islanders season is on life support.” [Sportsnet]
  • Beauvillier has used his brief time in the AHL to rediscover his confidence, game. [Isles Insight]
  • John Stevens is closer to the form he imagined, after coming back from an injury during the first month of the season. [CT Post]

Elsewhere

  • Carolina Hurricanes fans can finally relax, as their team indeed has a new owner. [Canes Country]
  • Lo, the many problems run deep in Ottawa. [TSN]
  • I know a few trade attorneys, so I’m familiar with the basic reasons and rebuttals for upholding even obscure trademarks like they are your family jewels. It’s still kinda funny that the Army is taking action to block the trademark application by the Vegas Golden Knights (the non parachute squad, I mean). [Sports Logos]
  • Evander Kane tops TSN’s “Trade Bait” list. [TSN]
  • Sure why not: Explore reasons for the Leafs to trade Auston Matthews before his big contract years begin. [ESPN]
  • Here’s the KHL All-Star Game rosters and how you can watch! [Sporting News]