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Islanders Gameday News: Impressive but sluggish and in Tampa

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NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
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Absolutely no time to waste, so here are your FIG picks for tonight against the Lightning. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. in Tampa.

Islanders News

  • It’s still early, but the Islanders have been impressive thus far. [Newsday]
  • But, they looked sluggish against the Canadiens Monday night. They got the day off on Tuesday. [Newsday]
  • They practiced yesterday, and both Matt Martin and Jordan Eberle missed practice. They are day-to-day, and while Martin did not make the trip to Florida, Eberle is expected to play. [Islanders]
  • Coach Barry Trotz is “honest every day,” and is getting the Isles to buy in as he instills the lessons he’s learned over 20 years of NHL coaching. [The Athletic]
  • Arthur Staple hosted a Q&A on The Athletic yesterday. I don’t have any time to dig into it right now, but there’s always at least a couple interesting nuggets to come out of Staple’s Q&As. [The Athletic]
  • AUDIO: GM Lou Lamoriello was on Sportsnet Radio. [Islanders]
  • Thank you to LHHer Dr. John for translating an article that appeared in Journal de Montréal about Trotz making the Islanders a better team. [LHH]
  • Keep up with the kiddies because they’re doing pretty well. [Islanders Prospect Report]
  • In the Tuesday edition of Soundin’ Off, Michael Fornabaio congratulates Jeremy Colliton on his new gig (more below about that new gig) and acknowledges Matt Donovan’s (!) new two-year NHL contract.
  • Casey Cizikas is also happy for Colliton. [Islanders]
  • Michael Dal Colle scored again and Josh Ho-Sang had two assists in the Sound Tigers’ 7-3 rout of the Binghamton Devils yesterday. [Soundin’ Off | CT Post]
  • Get the quick summary of Bridgeport’s week here. [Islanders]
  • The Railers lost on the road to the Growlers in Newfoundland 3-1 on Tuesday. [RailersHC]
  • I guess the ECHL schedule allows you to play the same team in the same arena two days in a row, because Worcester lost 5-2 to the Growlers on the road again yesterday, their fifth straight loss. [RailersHC]
  • Enjoy this recap of Islanders Alumni Weekend, which I’m sure was a blast. [Islanders]
  • In this edition of Maven’s Memories, Stan recalls how the Isles nearly pulled off the 3-0 comeback a second time in the 1975 playoffs against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Flyers. [Islanders]

Elsewhere

  • As you may have heard, the legendary Joel Quenneville has been axed in Chicago and the new coach of the Blackhawks is former Islander and Sound Tiger Jeremy Colliton. [SCH] Colliton had been coaching their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Another former Islander, Derek King, fills Colliton’s old post. [SCH]
  • King chats with Scott Powers about the new opportunity and about working with Colliton. [The Athletic]
  • Ousting Quenneville isn’t going to change the Blackhawks’ problems, which are mostly based in roster construction. [THN]
  • Former Hawk Dan Carcillo went on the air to discuss Quenneville’s firing.
  • The Senators said they dealt with the Uber video internally “days ago,” which makes you wonder how long they knew about it. [TSN]
  • Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts focuses largely on the coach firings and the Uber video fallout. [Sportsnet]
  • The Golden Knights are struggling this season, and are learning what most expansion teams go through upon entry to the league. [THN]
  • Three superstars, John Tavares, Max Pacioretty, and Erik Karlsson, will at some point visit their old homes with their new teams, and all three will face different reactions upon returning. Sounds like Tavares expects a chorus of boos, to put it lightly, on April 1 February 28. [The Athletic]
  • I imagine this article was written before the news broke out of Chicago, but Down Goes Brown wonders aloud who will follow the Kings in firing their coach. [The Athletic]