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Islanders News: Barzal OK, Boeser hurt, both teams stink

The Islanders lost but got a point and I feel nothing.

NHL: New York Islanders at Vancouver Canucks
Exactly as I recall it, staying awake in the wee hours to live the recurring nightmare.
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You know what? Whatever.

Islanders Reading

  • About last night: Well, that’s a new way to reach the same result. [LHH | Newsday | Islanders | | NYI Skinny | Province]
  • There was talk of Calder hype last night? At least these two miserable teams had something to “hype.” [Newsday]
  • In particular, the media was all over Mathew Barzal for his homecoming. [MSG]
  • But to re-iterate: Both Barzal and Brock Boeser are big fans of one another. [Province]
  • The Skinny has Barzal moving up that Isles all-time single-season assist list. [NYI Skinny]
  • Heading into last night’s game, Doug Weight insisted he has faith in the players, and needs to pick his spots for when to berate them for their miscues. [Newsday]
  • Nothing major on the farm, but at least Mitch Vande Sompel is practicing again. [Soundin’ Off]
  • Travis Hamonic sent his congratulations to Stan Fischler on his semi-retirement [MSG]... and the Maven returned the favor.
  • Jon Ledecky is visible and there for fans and says the right things, but...will he make the tough decisions about the on-ice product? [SNY]
  • The state never assessed the value of the Belmont property before giving the Isles a sweet lease? [Village Voice]
  • Billy Smith’s 1981-82 season was one for the ages. [THW]
  • John Tavares is a natural leader or something so the Canadiens should sign him or something. [Montreal Journal]
  • Ex-Isle Alert: The BU-to-Montreal pipeline included...Scott Lachance. [Canadiens]


Last night’s scores include the Penguins dumping the Flames in overtime. I’m actually more interested in the Flames securing a lottery fate (that’s our pick) than I am in Metro scores.

  • The already struggling Blues have lost Jay Bouwmeester and Scottie Upshall for the season. (I won’t bring up how things went south when ol’ JayBo came back from injury.) [STL Game Time]
  • The already done Habs have lost Max Pacioretty and Victor Mete long term. [HEOTP]
  • Kyle Okposo knows his plus/minus is ugly. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
  • Louis Domingue nearly quit hockey, but not because his father pranked him about being called and encouraged by Jeff Hackett. [TB]