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Islanders News: Mr. Mojo Rising; Bellows blastin’; Off the Rails

Hockey news and notes for Islanders fans.

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
You can’t sit with us.
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Another regulation loss has Doug Weight turning to the teachings of motivational psychologist Dr. Jack Sigmund N. Roy Capuano. Oh boy.

Islanders stuff

  • Recaps: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | Islanders | | NYI Skinny | SCoC
  • Tanner Fritz played his first NHL game. The Islanders will need way more than him to provide a “spark” or “zip” if they’re gonna straighten themselves out. [NY Post | Newsday | Islanders]
  • Before the game, Josh Bailey was named the NHL’s Second Star for December. [LHH]
  • Friday night versus the Penguins is Do it For Daron night, in honor of Luke Richardson’s daughter. Teen suicide is a very difficult subject to discuss, but a necessary one. If you read one link here, make it this one. []
  • Garth Snow needs to make a bold in-season move here, which would be his first since the Ryan Smyth deal (Thomas Vanek not withstanding) [IPB]
  • The Sound Tigers’ PK is on a roll lately. [CT Post | More Soundin’ Off notes. PS They play in Wilkes-Barre tonight, I’m assuming with Anthony Beauvillier in the lineup.]
  • Worcester forward Patrick McNally has signed with a team in Germany, the third Railer to depart in the last little while. So they made a trade for a defenseman. [Telegram]
  • Bill Daly says not to rule out a return to the Coliseum after Jon Ledecky said it was up to the Commissioner who said the place wasn’t viable. Wake me when a press release is issued. [Newsday]

World Juniors, aka The Kieffer Bellows Show

  • The Islanders 2016 first rounder had two goals as Team USA beat Russia 4-2 last night and has six for the tournament. It’s now on to Thursday’s semi-finals against Sweden. [SBN]
  • Here’s what turned out to be the game-winner:

Around the rink

  • Last night’s NHL scores. An OT loss to the Capitals was enough to slide the Hurricanes into eighth place the East.
  • The Golden Knights - you know, the expansion team - are riding a 10 game points streak and have found a revelation in “Wild” Bill Karlsson. []
  • The US Men’s Olympic team was announced on Monday and there are some interesting names on it. [SBN]
  • One of them was Jordan Greenway, the talented, hulking Wild pick that will be a pioneer when he suits up for the USA in Korea. [Sporting News]
  • The US Women’s Olympic team was also announced and there were some interesting and notable names not on it. Did John Tortorella and Dean Lombardi pick this group, too? [The Ice Garden]

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