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Islanders News: Guess who’s nearing 500 games?

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In some sectors, patience for the rebuild has paid off handsomely.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders
“Can you believe this?” __ “I cannot.”
Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

It was a sleepy Sunday as the Islanders reloaded before this week’s home-and-home with the Penguins. Riding a 14-game points streak and a beautiful “stick to the structure” comeback that deflated the Flyers, we’ll take it. At this point, Barry Trotz could decide the Islanders need to go on a three-day fishing trip and we’d be all, “Absolutely, makes perfect sense. Make sure Uncle Leo is dressed.”

Islanders News

  • It’s time for another episode of Dan’s (and yours) “My Favorite Islanders Game” podcast. Thanks so much for calling in. In this episode: miracles, hot sauce, Love: Islanders Style and good quality wise assery. [LHH Podcasts]
  • Life comes at you fast: Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson are approaching 500 regular season games. [Newsday] What’s crazy is Barry Trotz has already coached 100 of those.
  • The “Hometown Hockey” series profiled Dauphin, where Barry Trotz got his start. [Sportsnet video] Also: How Barry went from 50/50 sales to winning the Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet]
  • Let us take a moment to enjoy the tears of the Islanders’ most recent victims, the Flyers, who say their busy schedule is no excuse for Saturday’s failure. [CBS Philly]
  • Knives are out! That Flyers loss may expose big problems. [Courier Post]
  • Safe to say Otto Koivula enjoyed finally getting his NHL debut:

The Islanders’ goalie platoon has done just fine in Life After Lehner. But Robin Lehner’s new platoon in Chicago is doing well too:

Tonight are the Hall of Fame ceremonies. Which means, just another chance to ask a Hall of Fame Leaf about how miserable it can be to play in Toronto. Mats Sundin, what say you? [TSN]

As long as we are schadenfreuden up the place, two you might’ve missed from the weekend, as the Leafs were getting demolished by Pittsburgh:

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores included just two games, a Vegas route of the Flames and a Sabres loss to the Hawks.

  • The Flames’ struggles continue, and questions about their playoff chances are creeping in. [Sportsnet]
  • Kyle Okposo is headed to IR with what is feared to be another head injury; Tage Thompson (son of Bridgeport’s Brent) got the callup. [Buffalo News]
  • Safe to say David Quinn was not impressed with Micheal Haley’s antics on their road trip, and the Rangers have waived him. [Post]