It’s a Tuesday in August, so time for your traditional Islanders home playoff game in Toronto against the Panthers. Noon start, per tradition.
- The Islanders know they’ve done nothing yet, and hope to bring the ol’ “sense of urgency” into Game 2. [Newsday]
- Preview time: The Isles know they’re likely facing the Panthers’ best push today. [Isles]
- Speaking of which, Tom Kuhnhackl was a (non)surprise entry into Saturday’s lineup, providing playoff experience, wisdom, “predictability,” etc. [Isles]
- Passing the time in between games, the Isles have chosen an activity a little safer than the soccer kick-around. [Isles]
- Arthur Staple spoke with a crowd of traditional Blue and Orange Army tailgaters who had a backyard watch gathering for Game 1. [Athletic]
- Community Star of the Week: More kids doing awesome stuff. This time, “13-year-old Kimberly Saltsberg raised over $11,000 to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.” [Isles]
- 87.5 % is the commonly cited figure for how many Game 1 winners in NHL history have gone on to win best-of-five playoff series, which ended in 1986 until #pandemichappened. Litter Box Cats looks back at teams that beat those odds (including the 1985 Islanders).
- Feature on Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida’s “unassuming star.” [Sun-Sentinel]
- It’s “do or die” time for the Panthers, who expect lineup changes for Game 2. [FLA Hockey Now]
- LISTEN: Dan and Mike chat about Game 1 and the “beautiful” baldness of Barry Trotz and balding of Adam Pelech. [LHH]
Yesterday’s NHL scores included the Hurricanes putting the Rangers in an 0-2 hole, the Jets evening their series with the Flames, and more.
- The Flames, to paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger, “LACK DISCIPLINE.” [Sportsnet]
- Bubble Effect: The NHL announced no positive tests (out of 7,000 tested) thus far in Phase IV. [NHL]
- The Leafs are hoping for “redemption” after a Game 1 loss to Columbus, and I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say I just really, truly, sure wish them luck. [TSN] Mitch Marner is under “pressure” after logging no shots on goal. [Sportsnet]
In praise of the athletes (in this case, Jansen Harkins) who have no hype preceding them but make you notice by showing up and busting their tail every day:
I’ve listened to this Paul Maurice answer on Jansen Harkins no less than 10 times. Harkins was playing in the ECHL two years ago, scored in his first career #StanleyCup game today.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) August 4, 2020
What an example for any young player - or anyone trying to make it in any walk of life. #nhljets pic.twitter.com/utziK29c0i