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Islanders News: Let’s play two

The Islanders are at the Coliseum tonight for the second half of a preseason back-to-back with the Flyers.

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NHL: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers
We wear orange better, just saying.
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The preseason schedule has kicked off. There is more to come tonight. What to make of games that are kind of meaningless but also kind of not? Barry Trotz:

“The best advice I can give any player is look around, assess the competition, know your competition, outcompete them, outwork them and obviously, outproduce them if eventually the opportunity becomes available,” Trotz said. “If you do that on a daily basis in practice or in games it’s up to us as coaches and organizationally to recognize that and reward that.”

Islanders News

  • The Islanders’ half(ish)-squad won the preseason opener in Philadelphia. [Isles | LHH | Boxscore | BSH]
  • Thomas Hickey, who scored last night, is angling to earn back a regular spot in the lineup. [Newsday]
  • Training camp quick hits: Of brothers, mentors and such. [Athletic]
  • A few days into camp, it was all about the systems. [Isles]
  • Barry Trotz expects a similar split to last year from Thomas Greiss and new tandem partner Semyon Varlamov. [Isles]


  • The still-unsigned Patrik Laine is dropping bombs, you might say. It was an “easy choice” for him to begin this preseason training in Europe. [NHL]
  • But the big and happy news of the day was that the NHLPA declined to trigger its option to re-open the CBA, thus assuring a little bit of labor peace and some time to work on revisions for a new extension. [NHL]
  • The Blue Jackets are kind of ticked about being dismissed after some big free agent departures. (Sounds familiar.) Nick Foligno is maybe too honest about it all. [NHL]
  • There are some subtle rule changes this year. Jim Montgomery discusses how to use them. [Dallas News]
  • Robin Lehner continues to use his platform to raise awareness for mental health. [ESPN]
  • Another RFA holdout ends as Brock Boeser signs a three-year extension with the Canucks. [NHL]
  • Meanwhile, his teammate Sven Baertschi has found solace in daily meditation. [Sportsnet]
  • The Bruins, who lost the Stanley Cup final, are banking on a mix of vets and youth. [NHL]
  • Speaking of which, the Stanley Cup engraving for the victors is complete. [Blues]
  • A women’s hockey strike in Sweden over some very self-evident needs leads to cancelation of the Four Nations’ Cup. [Ice Garden]