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Islanders News: They’re trending well after Game 1

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And it seems like they can keep it up.

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The Islanders got off to a good start in their play-in series against the Panthers. If they keep playing like that, they will do well.

Islanders News

Recaps from the Game 1 win: LHH | Islanders | Newsday | NHL | NYI Skinny | Florida Hockey Now

  • Johnny Boychuk left Game 1 after Mike Matheson hit him in the head. [Newsday] His status for Game 2 remains uncertain. [Newsday]
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau was critical to the Islanders’ style in Game 1. He’s a playoff performer. [Islanders]
  • Seven takeaways from Game 1 include the importance of Pageau, Anthony Beauvillier, and Brock Nelson. [The Athletic]
  • As seen in the Islanders and Rangers Game 1’s on Saturday, the NHL’s return is the real deal. [Newsday]
  • Ahead of the series, Arthur Staple got an anonymous panel of a coach and two executives to weigh in on the New York-Florida match-up. [The Athletic]
  • LISTEN: Staple joined the Hockey Night in New York podcast to discuss the Game 1 win.
  • The Isles are aware that the Cats have some claws. [Newsday]
  • It’s really quiet without fans in the building and the players notice it. [Newsday]
  • But the Blue and Orange Army is trying to make it work on their own. [The Athletic]
  • WATCH: The band got back together. [MSG]
  • The Islanders added a new couple new front office positions relating to sponsorship for UBS Arena. [Long Island Weekly]
  • Are the Islanders contenders for the Cup in this wacky format? 49% think one way, while 51% think the other way... [LHH]

They had a massive ping pong tournament going on at the hotel yesterday.

Beyond the Island

Scores from the first two days of play-in and round robin games: Saturday, including the Rangers losing to the Hurricanes; and Sunday, including the Avalanche beating the Blues with 0.1 left on the clock.

  • Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks don’t appear to be completely done just yet. [The Athletic]
  • Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs were shut out by the Blue Jackets and here come those juicy, sweet Hockey Mecca of the World takes. It’s August but it feels like April. [Toronto Star]
  • Sick! The Blue Jackets brought their cannon! Awesome! [RMNB]
  • It’s a weird playoff season. Might as well take a weirdness-in-the-playoffs quiz. [DGB @ The Athletic]
  • The NHL is clearly uncomfortable saying Black Lives Matter. Why? [USA Today]