After two days of agita, the Islanders take the ice again tonight, hosting a Columbus team that lost last night at home to San Jose and benched its captain for most of the second period. That’s either good news or bad news for the Islanders.
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- Reminder that tonight is Pride Night at Barclays Center and a lot’s going on at the game. A thoughtful FanPost from Vinny asks the Islanders owners to make hockey as accessible and inclusive as possible, beyond just Hockey is For Everyone Month.
- Doug Weight showed his team an awful, unwatchable, shamefully bad film yesterday. No, not Suicide Squad. It was the Islanders getting their asses beat by the Leafs on Wednesday. A spirited practice followed. I’d like to think it’ll bring about a meaningful change for tonight and the rest of the season but I have my doubts. [Newsday | Islanders]
- John Tavares is happy the Islanders have no plans to trade him because he doesn’t want to be traded. Good to hear. [Newsday | Encyclopedia update]
- Bridgeport put on a sound defensive effort against Springfield, allowing just 13 shots... and they lost 1-0. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off]
- The Railers blew a two-goal lead and lost in OT to Adirondack last night. [Telegram]
- The Worcester locker room is fiercely divided over tomorrow’s Super Bowl. [Telegram]
- Last night’s NHL scores. The Penguins and Caps went 80’s style.
- The Metro Division continues to be Thunderdome. [AATJ]
- Also hoping he doesn’t get traded: Henrik Lundqvist. [Brooskie]
- Joe Sakic has killed the trade market. Thanks a lot, Joe. [MHH]
- Down Goes Brown’s Grab Bag covers a lot of ground as usual. Deron Quint sighting!
- Eugene Melnyk is usually a lot of hot air. Will he ever change? (In the words of former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, probably not). [Ottawa Sun]
- The Hurricanes have started selling Whalers gear at games and one columnist isn’t happy about it. As much as I make fun of Hartford and would love to see those uniforms on the ice again, I think he’s got a point. The Hurricanes should embrace their own history, not reach back to Connecticut’s. [CT Post]