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Islanders Gameday News: Bowtie Bill; Beating the Flyers

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Also, some clarity on David Backes’ new role.

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders
Take ‘em down!
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The Islanders host the Flyers once again at the Coliseum tonight after celebrating the festivities of Bill Torrey Night. We all hope for a much better result than the previous time these two met, this past Sunday at the Coliseum where the Flyers defeated the Islanders 4-1; they would’ve been shutout if not for a garbage time goal. Leave your FIGs here.

The teams in the Metro surrounding the Isles in the standings keep winning more often they lose, so it’s important that the Islanders keep pace with them at least, and return to dominant form and pull away from the pack at most.

Islanders News

In honor of the legendary GM, the Islanders have renamed a rink at their practice facility after Bill Torrey:

  • The Islanders held on to Michael Dal Colle but returned Josh Ho-Sang to the Sound Tigers. Such is life. [Newsday]
  • Dan previewed tonight’s game with Kelly from Broad Street Hockey on their Checking Out the Competition podcast. They talk about the Islanders season, John Tavares’s Coliseum reception and why mean ol’ Lou made Cal Clutterbuck shave is face.
  • Significant changes arrived to the Sound Tigers when Lou Lamoriello was hired by the Islanders, and they’ve resulted in a pile of wins. [Elite Prospects]
  • AJ Mleczko gets a feature in Harvard Magazine, periodical of her alma mater, discussing her transition from winning hockey player to informative broadcaster.

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Capitals shutting out the Devils, 3-0, at home to go back to sole possession of first place in the Metro; the Hurricanes, entering the night as a wild card, were blown out, 8-1, at home by the Jets, one of two games in which the winning team scored 8 goals (the Ducks destroyed the Canadiens, 8-2, with Carey Price going for the all-time record for wins as a Habs goalie).

  • Ryan O’Reilly has been as-advertised since he arrived in St. Louis, everything the Blues could’ve asked for. [THN]
  • Speaking of the Blues, Mad Men star Jon Hamm called a St. Louis goal! [PHT]
  • Because everything is about the Maple Leafs: here are 5 lessons the Oilers could learn from Toronto’s successful rebuild. [The Athletic]
  • The other day, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy had a conversation with David Backes about him playing an enforcer role, basically as a way for him to be somewhat effective anymore. Here, he clarifies that he’s not looking for the heavyweight title belt. [THN]
  • Get set for the Isobel Cup playoffs with some semifinal previews. The Boston Pride takes on the Buffalo Beauts while the Metropolitan Riveters take on the Minnesota Whitecaps. [Victory Press]
  • The NHL could be at the forefront of marijuana in pro sports. Whether they actually will be remains to be seen. [ESPN]