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Islanders News: Desert drag, Barzal and Bailey bloom

A bad night but the Isles salvage a point against the last-place and “playing loose” Coyotes.

New York Islanders v Arizona Coyotes
I don’t know decent anymore.
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Islanders followed up their first win over the Blackhawks in six tries with...another loss in Arizona. Must be the dry heat.

Islanders Reading

  • About last night: Nowhere good enough, though “at least” they got a point. Post-game comments sounded weirdly unconcerned. Eberle’s quote in Newsday made me chuckle (“I’ve been there.”) [LHH | Newsday | NHL | Isles]
  • Josh Bailey is finding his groove 10 years after his draft day. [NHL]
  • Mathew Barzal is so good (and benefited from returning to the WHL) two years after his draft day. [FanRag]
  • Brock Nelson and Ross Johnston talk about keeping it simple. [Newsday]
  • What more is there to know about John Tavares? Other than what his next contract will be, I mean. [NY Hockey Journal]


Last night’s NHL scores include the Devils losing 3-0 at home to the Red Wings, while Colorado won its 10th straight (!).

  • About the Isles’ next opponent: Is David Perron irreplaceable? [Sin Bin] 6 reasons the Golden Knights are all that. [SB Nation] What’s truly remarkable about them. [Puck Daddy]
  • There is a Mighty Ducks series in the works. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Auston Matthews had a goal disallowed, frowned, demonstratively signaled his next (legit) goal. [NHL]
  • The Lightning are without Ondrej Palat indefinitely. [Raw Charge]
  • Man, Charlie McAvoy had to have a procedure for an abnormal heart rhythm. [SCOC]
  • In Buffalo, it ain’t just the coach that’s the issue. [DBTB]
  • These three not-serious but kinda-fun trade scenarios for Alex Pietrangelo entertained me, mainly because I would totally do the Islanders one but the theoretical Blues would be crazy not to do one of the other ones instead. [STL Game Time]
  • Oh, thank Bossy, All-Star Weekend will have another mascot showdown. [NHL]
  • Oh, also: the long-awaited details of the Product Sponsor Near You skills competition. [NHL]
  • Officially now, Marc Savard has retired. Somewhere I hope Matt Cooke is suddenly convulsing or at least tearing a ligament. [SCOC]
  • Dylan Strome, lighting up the AHL. [THW]
  • This is not hockey (but it totally could be), and starts with a ‘90s political rant, but the meat of it about the slow MLB market and the growing acceptance of teams tanking could easily apply to hockey. It seems that with parity-motivated artificial caps on spending (which I support), leagues need to eliminate the rebuild/profit-motivated ability to tank. [Deadspin]