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Islanders News: Eberle aims for a big half, Leddy skates like the wind

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Jordan Eberle hopes to see his shooting percentage return, and Tom Poti checks in.

New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils
“Don’t call it a pokecheck, I’ve been here before...”

The Islanders finish their rare three-day gap between games today, before embarking on a pre-All-Star sprint of seven games in the next 11 days.

Praying for health.

Islanders News

  • The good, the bad and the ugly from the Islanders’ first half. [NYIslesBlog]
  • Jordan Eberle is quite aware of his shooting percentage and expects it to regress in a positive way. [AM New York]
  • As part of a new podcast series — and thank you all for listening and sharing feedback — Tom Poti discusses his season with the Isles, when he logged a career-high 25 minutes per game. [Lighthouse Lookback]
  • ICYMI: Nick Leddy’s skating is among the absolute best in the NHL, something Mathew Barzal knew while watching Leddy as a Blackhawks when Barzal was just a young pup. [Isles]
  • A little more on Leddy’s pairing with Ryan Pulock in the wake of Adam Pelech’s injury. [Newsday]
  • “Once again, Trotz is getting a lot from his goaltenders – certainly enough to push Long Island’s team into a playoff spot, and maybe even enough to make some noise.” [TSN]
  • The Islanders are a frequent discussion point for how some of their metrics — like scoring chances, cited above — do not tell the whole story. [WFAN]
  • Trotz had the perfect acknowledgment of Anthony Beauvillier’s digital flirtation with Anna Kendrick. [Post]

Elsewhere

  • Last night’s NHL scores include hat tricks for David Pastrnak (Bruins beat Jets) and Tony DeAngelo (Rangers beat Devils). Oh, also: Pekka Rinne scored a goal, the first goalie to do so in the NHL since Mike Smith in 2013. [NHL]

Don’t always include these, but this was an interesting post-game presser with former Isles assistant Gerard Gallant, who had to deal with his Golden Knights coming out flat for the third game in a row:

  • The Oilers are enjoying a net share arrangement with Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. [Sportsnet]
  • A difficult season for San Jose continues as they lose Logan Couture for six weeks. [Fear the Fin]
  • 15 “shocking” events from the first half, including several coaches falling from grace in one way or another. [ESPN]
  • Here’s a little more on the Rasmus Andersson contract in Calgary, which buys out the d-man’s RFA years plus two UFA years. [Sportsnet]
  • Ranking the top-50 NHL affiliated prospects, with lots of Russians (including 24-year-old goalies on both sides of the Battle of New York). [TSN]
  • Bill Daly is concerned that skipping All-Star games will become a player trend. [ESPN]
  • The TSNers ponder what the Canadiens will do at the trade deadline. [TSN]
  • The Canadian women’s hockey team has changed coaches. [Sportsnet]