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Islanders News: It’s hard to get points in this league

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But Barry Trotz is pretty good at collecting ‘em.

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NHL: New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks
Tough finish, but holding heads high headed into the break.
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The Islanders only netted one standings point in a shootout loss last night in Chicago but still enter an extended All-Star break with a three-point lead for first place in the Metro.

No, did not expect to say that as they prepare to play games in February.

Islanders News

  • About last night: LHH | Newsday | Isles | NHL | SCH]
  • Lou Lamoriello doing the media rounds, recycling some lines but also providing some insight into his experience on the Island thus far. [Athletic | SiriusXMNHL]
  • More on Barry Trotz changing the culture and expectations of the team. [AP]
  • Arthur Staple joins the One Puck Short podcast.
  • Trotz and Cal Clutterbuck talk about his role and recent offensive bump. [Newsday]
  • Unpacking how the Islanders are defensively organized and disciplined under Trotz, with some video stills. [Athletic]
  • A look inside the annual international youth tournament the Islanders just hosted. [Isles]
  • Apparently Isles fans are driving writers nuts with When Will You Recognize the (first-place at the break) Isles? questions. [LHH Fanpost]
  • Related: Apparently lots of skeptics still ascribe the whole thing to PDO, which is...well for one that ignores a whole host of other indicators, and for two, asserting the team will not be as hot as it’s been (winning 8 of 10, 15 of 18 etc.) is hardly a bold take. [GSN]

Barry all zen again about last night: Points are hard to get, so it’s still good to get another one of ‘em.

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Capitals also losing in extra time (and continuing to bleed goals) despite an Ovechkin hat trick. (Hertl had a hat trick too.)

  • Beforehand, the Capitals had a team meeting to remind themselves that winning regularly is really hard. [NHL]
  • Fantastic feature on Evgeny Kuznetsov, who’s a bit nutty in a good way. [SI]
  • The Blue Jackets have decisions ahead about Panarin and Bobrovsky, but first they’d like some answers. [NHL]
  • Auston Matthews continues “conceptual” contract talks, while Mitch Marner is adamant about waiting until summer. [TSN | NHL]

The Oilers sputter into the break and speculation increases that a change at GM is looming: