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Islanders Gameday News: (You’re just like) crosstown traffic

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So hard to get through to you.

New York Islanders v New York Rangers
I’m not the only soul who’s accused of hit and run.
Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

And I’m tryin’ to get on the other side of town... for a hockey game. Specifically, the East River duel known as the Battle of New York.

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Islanders News

  • Doug Weight is hoping that a game against the cross-town rival Rangers will be just what the doctor ordered to get the Isles back on track, or at least within spitting distance of it. [Newsday]
  • It’s the first #StapeChat at The Athletic for Arthur Staple, and when I finally splurge for that subscription, I’ll know exactly what the questions in it are. [The Athletic]
  • The Sound Tigers were called in for 60 minutes of hard skating on their off day, so things are going well down there, too. [Soundin’ Off]
  • The Sound Tigers are also extremely pleased to have an ECHL affiliate in such close proximity, as the Worcester Railers are. [CT Post]
  • The Medicine Hat Tigers appeared to have their own All-Star Weekend with a skills competition and scrimmage - David Quenneville took him the shooting accuracy and hardest shot prizes, the team named for him lost the scrimmage, and during the shootout competition, his flowing blonde locks were the subject of an excellent impression. [Medicine Hat News]
  • One last thing: Down Goes Brown discusses the all-time “almost a Maple Leaf” team and boy howdy, you would NEVER GUESS who leads off the article! Now, in Sean McIndoe’s defense, he does have a legit reason for the inclusion, but who cares, it goes into the Encyclopedia anyway. We are nothing if not obsessive meticulous here at Lighthouse Hockey.

Around the League

Last night’s NHL scores. Of importance to us: the Blue Jackets lost and the Panthers won.

  • It’s never too early to think about next season, and coaching may have to be addressed around these parts (it won’t be). Capitals associate coach Todd Reirden and the University of Denver’s Jim Montgomery lead the pack in the coaching prospect pool. [ESPN]
  • He has always been a dumpster fire, both as a person and a player, so this shouldn’t really come as a shock to you, but: Brooks Orpik is having a historically atrocious season. Remember John Erskine? One-time Islander, only thing he brought was toughness, then retired as a Capital? His horrendous last NHL season is the benchmark that Orpik strives to achieve this season. [Japers’ Rink]