That extended “Hockeytown’s” regulation losing streak to eight games (and 10 straight losses including bonus time), and surely the Canadian Media Attendance Police are on alert that another U.S. market — gasp — draws poorly when its team stinks. Unless Original Six teams get a waiver.
Now the Islanders must repeat the feat tonight in Montreal, where the Canadiens are mired in their own eight-game losing streak and drawing comparisons to WWII-era versions of the team, back before the franchise racked up so many Cups in a six-team, two-playoff-round league.
Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here.
About last night:
- Jordan Eberle broke the seal with two goals, and the penalty kill survived multiple big tests in the second period. [LHH | Newsday | Isles | NHL | Winging It in Motown]
- Eric Hornick’s Skinny: It was the 28th multi-goal game of Eberle’s career.
- Before all that, Dan S. and Mike discussed the California swing for a “full” (i.e. not hungry) team, and additions that will never happen. [Islanders Anxiety podcast]
- NBC Sports discovers the Islanders are good, “flexes” their game with the Bruins to a national broadcast. [Newsday]
- It’s a good thing Thomas Greiss is healthy — and set to start tonight — because Christopher Gibson is injured down in the AHL and the rest of the recallable minor pros are off to shaky starts. [Athletic]
- Carey Price and the Canadiens are befuddled by their losing streak. Long may it continue. Or at least for one more night. [NHL] They waived Keith Kinkaid though so that should fix things. [Sportsnet]
- Former Red Wing Johan Franzen sees the chorus, and raises it: He described Mike Babcock as a “thorough and detailed coach but also the “worst person I’ve ever met.” [Winging It In Motown]
- Chris Chelios said it was “stupid things” Babcock did to mistreat people and flash his power, which are now coming back to haunt him. [Sportsnet]
- After another concussion and multiple consultations, Kyle Okposo is back at practice but the team will have him take it slow. [NHL | Athletic]
- Evidently there are two Canadian sports pro Tyler Ennis’es, they get mixed up all the time, the most significant being when the hockey Tyler got the devastating x-ray belonging to the basketball Tyler. This is why we microchip our dogs and don’t ask questions. [Sportsnet]
- Zach Werenski’s injury, suffered against the Islanders, only raises the pressure on Columbus veterans to step up. [Athletic]
- The Bill Peters situation — in this case him punching and kicking players while coaching the Hurricanes — raises questions for his then-GM Ron Francis and how he handled the incidents (and then extended the coach’s contract). [News & Observer | ESPN] Will it haunt Francis in his role as Seattle GM? [Seattle Times]