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Islanders Gameday News: Koivula signs, random Tavares speculation

The Islanders host the Lightning and go for that really big two-game win streak.

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“You’re almost through with all this, man. Almost.”
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The Islanders are back at it and ready to shovel their way to another home game tonight, this time with the Lightning coming to town.

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Islanders Reading

  • Big body, good shot and hands, unpolished skater. 2016 pick Otto Koivula signs an ELC with the Isles. [LHH | Isles]
  • Thanks to all the snow (precipitation, not Garth), the Lightning delayed their flight up until today. [NHL]
  • The Isles know they’re done, but they still like to play hockey and win and stuff, so Tuesday’s victory over the Pens was a relief. [Newsday]
  • Various team notes from Staple, including a little more on Christopher Gibson’s performance thus far. [The Athletic]
  • Would it shock you to hear there was more Tavares speculation? A tanned Bob McKenzie muses on NBC Sports. (Yes, Dan has added more to The Encyclopedia.)
  • A few non-changes, a few injuries down in Bridgeport. [Soundin’ Off]
  • For an off-day activity, the Sound Tigers learned just how hard sled hockey really is. [CT Post]
  • Andrew Ladd was the latest podcast interlude. [Isle Seat]
  • Episode IX of Railers vs. Nailers goes to Wheeling, though Worcester picks up a consolation point. [Railers]


Last night’s NHL scores include the Flames losing yet again, contributing to the Islanders’ meager-but-real draft lottery odds.

  • The GMs want all goalie interference reviews to be handled by Toronto and the NHLPA agrees. [NHLPA]
  • And what do you know, that same day we see another example of the murkiness of the rule. Claude Julien, whose Habs were victims: “it’s a matter of not wasting our time and just moving on; it’s never the same thing so it’s not worth arguing.” [The Athletic]
  • Meanwhile, there was zero push to redefine the Hart Trophy, which is a thing some people really obsess over way too much. It’s voting, people. The Art Ross trophy counts things. The Hart reflects people’s opinions at the time. [TSN]
  • The Stars’ struggle to make (and quite possibly miss) the playoffs this year reflects some knee-jerk decisions. [Defending Big D]
  • On Lucia stepping down at Minnesota, and the disparity between fan expectations and reality. [College Hockey News]
  • Composing all-time NCAA lineups for top 10 schools based on future NHL success. [ESPN]
  • Jason Chimera played his 1,000th game in an Islanders uniform and his 1,100th in Duck orange (he also shook Matt Stajan’s hand in warmups, recognizing the Flames forward’s 1000th):