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Islanders News: Scrimmaging and scheming

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Defense, offense, and getting to know your teammates better during another training camp scrimmage

New York Islanders Training Camp
“Pay attention, because this is the hockey that we’re going to be doing around here.”
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Islanders had another scrimmage yesterday, it was live-tweeted, there are even highlights below. But first...

Islanders News

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau had an odd arrival to the Islanders: trade deadline acquisition, signed a contract right away, then experienced a seven-game winless streak. So the return in this bubble has been good for him, getting him a better chance to bond with his new team. [Isles | Newsday]
  • As the Islanders suddenly have a lot of healthy defensemen, getting their stingy defensive game in form will be key to the series with the Panthers. [Athletic]
  • On that note, Barry Trotz likes how they are shaping up on offense and defense. [Newsday]
  • Here’s Pageau, Mathew Barzal, and Derick Brassard discussing things during yesterday’s media availability. [Isles video]

We talkin’ practice?!

Here’s how they divided and lined up for the scrimmage yesterday:

And here are the highlights, so to speak:

And here are a few reactions...

Barry Trotz: “It looked more like hockey today.” [Isles video]

Elsewhere

  • Marc-Andre Fleury says it’s fine if he’s competing with Robin Lehner...probably only because Lehner isn’t wearing an Islanders uni. [NHL]
  • Sidney Crosby left the Penguins’ scrimmage early, and the coach isn’t permitted to comment, because everything is just “unfit to play” now. [TSN]
  • Sheldon Keefe is preparing his Leafs to face his coaching inspiration in John Torotorella’s Blue Jackets. [Sportsnet]
  • Willie O’Ree remembers the John Lewis, the civil rights leader and legislator who died this week at age 80. [NHL]
  • Speaking of which, the Hockey Diversity Alliance has been in “productive but at times contentious” meetings with the NHL while proposing some reforms. [TSN]