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Islanders News: Remind me how this drill goes again?

Today the Islanders resume a Trotz-ian dream: Practice

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders
“Let’s practice some damned details out there, boys.”
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The New York Islanders had a somewhat rare off-day Tuesday, as a likewise-rare two days between games gave them a chance for the — yes, rare — practice today.

That was the theme coming into today, as they practice ahead of Thursday’s tilt with the Florida Panthers: During a busy game schedule with lots of travel (there’s only one other two-day gap between games this month outside of the Christmas break), squeezing in a proper practice is a coaching luxury.

Islanders News

So anyway, the Islanders will squeeze in a practice today. [Newsday]

If you only know Jamie MacLennan as a broadcaster, you may not realize he had a multi-team NHL career that started with the Islanders — and their affiliates from “Capital District” to Worcester to out West in Denver and Salt Lake. [Isles Alumni Corner]

MOAR podcasts: For the Athletic, Arthur Staple and Mark Parrish on Varlamov, trade options and yesterday’s shocking NHL news in Dallas. [Athletic]

And on Andrew Gross’ Island Ice podcast, Blake Comeau and Andrew’s answers. [Newsday]


Last night’s NHL scores included Monday’s Isles’ victims, the Lightning, defeating the Panthers in the rather poorly attended Battle of Florida, and the Penguins losing in regulation to the Canadiens.

Some ugly looking injuries last night:

More stuff from the Board of Governors meetings:

  • The NHL and NHLPA are (again) working on some sort of World Cup of Hockey (again) to finally happen (again) one of these years. [NHL]
  • Also, the salary cap should increase next season, but by how much? It depends. [TSN]
  • Brendan Shanahan, who was a practicer of some, ahem, unprofessional conduct as a player and teammate, discusses recent stories about Mike Babcock and reminds us #notallcoaches. [TSN | Sportsnet | Athletic] “I think that obviously we have all come from a generation where there are certain things that have occurred, and occurred to us, and occurred to us as players that you just sort of accepted. I think that we all have to do a better job...”
  • NOT SATIRE: “Never too early for the Rangers to think playoffs.” [Newsday]