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Islanders News: Starting preseason with an ovation and a bang

All smiles after a Coliseum afternoon.

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“Nice far.”
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Matt Martin got his reunion with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck, and an ovation as he returned with the ol’ gang to Nassau Coliseum. Then they set the tone, banged some bodies, did some damage (see “Shuttlebuck” below).

The Islanders skated to a 3-0 victory in this preseason opener, Robin Lehner drawing an ovation and half of a shutout. Sebastian Aho and “Shuttlebuck” had goals too.

A completely different lineup will be used for part II in Philadelphia tonight. Here’s the lineup they used yesterday afternoon (and here was the PP1 setup):

Islanders Reading

  • Dan gathered highlight clips and quotes from the game, including a few of the quips above and more. [LHH | Isles]
  • Kieffer Bellows had a goal (power play one-timer), assist, and a clang off the post but you know it was a shot block that impressed Barry Trotz more. [Newsday | Islanders Insight]
  • NEW! Arthur Staple gives us the skinny on KHL import Jan Kovar at The Athletic. Of note:

Kovar was thrilled to find a welcoming group. “Johnny Boychuk, he was my driver for two weeks,” he said. “Every morning, I have a coffee ready, he picks me up and we go.”

  • That’s all part of...Culture? CULTURE! Culture. CULTURE. [NHL]
  • Former Sens teammate Eric Gryba lends his support to Lehner. [@cmasisak22]
  • Next chapter in our 20 Questions in 20 Day series: Will the Islanders re-sign Anders Lee? (Spoiler: We don’t know. But we have a guess.) [LHH]
  • From pre-game notes, Josh Ho-Sang said his “personal day” was just what they said, and Casey Cizikas and Johnny Boychuk talked about enduring the first Trotz skate post baby (Cizikas) and knee surgery (Boychuk). [Athletic]
  • A few more staffing changes/shuffles among the Isles and Bridgeport. [Soundin’ Off]


  • Flames co-owner Clay Riddell has died. [CBC]
  • The Penguins wish to remind you they are fine letting Phil be Phil. [Sportsnet]
  • Every Day Feels Like Sunday: Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey gets two years, $6.3 million. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of the Jets, Dustin Byfuglien is fishing on Connor Hellebuyck’s new mask. [Yahoo]
  • Now that the bird is in the bush, The Sharks hope to get Karlsson in hand. Or something. They’d like to find a way toward re-signing him, of course. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL wants to play regular season games in China. Well, by “NHL” they mean the owners or the commissioner or something. [Yahoo]