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

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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]


  • 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]