Is today the day? Can the Islanders manage to look like an actual NHL team for the first time in over a month? They have the next week off (like, off off. They’re not even allowed to practice), so either they’ll be extra focused or they’ve already checked out.
FIG picks go here. Don’t pick Josh Bailey.
- On top of losing five straight games and sinking like a stone to the bottom of the division, the Islanders suddenly dealing with a host of significant injuries throughout the organization. [Dom explains]
- That info comes from this column by Arthur Staple, who says the team won’t be making a change in the front office right now. Not that this should be a surprise, but there it is.
- One guy who will be in the lineup today is Anthony Beauvillier, who was recalled from Bridgeport after a two-game, two-goal stint in the AHL. [BST]
- Without him in the lineup, the Sound Tigers couldn’t sustain a good start against the Toronto Marlies. [CT Post]
- The Worcester Railers beat Reading 3-2 on Frankie DiChiara’s goal with 22 seconds left. [Telegram]
- David Quenneville scored his 17th goal of the season in Medicine Hat’s win over the Oil Kings on Friday. [MH News]
- Last night’s NHL scores. Patrice Bergeron scored four goals in the Bruins 7-1 blowout of Carolina. If the Islanders can manage a win today, they will - improbably - at least keep themselves in the neighborhood of the final wildcard berth. Seems like every game was either a blowout or a shootout on Saturday.
- After a season of recurring injuries and not a ton of production, it appears the Flames and Jaromir Jagr are preparing to part ways. [SBN]
- A preview of who could be buyers and sellers at the trade deadline. The Islanders are not mentioned. [Sportsnet]
- Ol’ Brooksie opines on the future of Michael Grabner with the Rangers and the affect of the Islanders’ slump on John Tavares.
- The Avalanche retired the number of the very productive Milan Hejduk last night (and then beat the piss out of the Wild 7-2). [MHH]