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Islanders Gameday News: Goalies do the backstopping

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Also, Mleczko does the schlepping and coaching.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders
Who needs to play the puck?
Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

No time to dawdle today, folks. Getting right into it.

Leave your FIG picks here for tonight’s game against the Canadiens. 7:00 p.m. puck drop. The game is on MSG+2 tonight (twice the plus!).

With the goalie health situation resettled, Tom Kuhnhackl has been recalled from Bridgeport after a one-game, three-point stint.

Islanders News

  • The goalie tandem of Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner have the Islanders sitting pretty in the Metro. [Newsday]
  • Here, I will let the headline do the talking: Anders Lee has made John Tavares’ absence a non-issue. [NY Post]
  • Josh Ho-Sang, whom Brent Thompson said has been “working hard,” had four assists and Michael Dal Colle scored a goal and added an assist as the Sound Tigers beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Kieffer Bellows scored two (see below). [Soundin’ Off]
  • Those eight goals tied a franchise record. [BST]
  • AJ Mleczko sees a lot of hockey - not only from making the trek from Boston to Brooklyn for Isles games, but from coaching her four kids’ teams, as well. And she’s a big believer in moving all the kids’ positions, so they play them all.

Elsewhere

  • Last night’s NHL scores.
  • We’ve got our first coach firing of the season: the Kings have let go of head coach John Stevens and assistant coach Don Nachbaur; they’ve been replaced by Willie Desjardins as head coach and Marco Sturm as assistant. [Kings | JFTC]
  • Despite having just won, GM Rob Blake felt his squad wasn’t playing inspired enough. Something’s definitely not right out there - they’ve struggled mightily out of the gate, and it will be tough to recover this season. [The Athletic]
  • It will be especially difficult because their problems run far deeper than coaching or “inspired play.” [LA Times]