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Islanders News: Music City Meh

The Isles take a point in Nashville but it feels like it should’ve been more.

NHL: OCT 30 Islanders at Predators
Oh sure, you can stretch all Gumby like.
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Do you think Lou Lamoriello allows Islanders players to have Halloween costumes that include facial hair or long-hair wigs? (Do you reckon he allows them to do Halloween costumes at all? It might imply team-dividing individual expression, after all.)

My children are going to be a monarch butterfly and Luca (some recent movie character) tonight. I will be busy. They will be hyped up well past their bed time. I pity their teachers and all teachers who have to deal with children on the morning after Halloween.

Islanders News

The Islanders had a great chance for a win, thanks to two sizzling power play goals, but they gave up their lead and lost in the shootout:

  • In an unexpected turn, the Isles were benign at even strength but dangerous on the power play. [LHH]
  • It was a physical game, a very “hard to play against” kind of afternoon. [On the Forecheck]
  • Barry Trotz wasn’t really thrilled with their 3-on-3 OT performance. [Newsday]
  • But otherwise the Isles coach liked his team’s game. [NHL]
  • And hey, at least it’s five straight games with a standings point. [Isles] [Isles Rapid Recap]
  • Oliver Wahlstrom continues to proceed through the learning curve. [Newsday]
  • The Isles have scored first in five straight games and in six of their first seven games. [NYI Skinny]
  • They had chances, but did not convert. [Newsday]
  • On the farm, Bridgeport scored four consecutive goals to come back and beat Providence, 6-4, their third in a row. Anatolii Golyshev scored again, Simon Holmstrom had three points. [AHL]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Devils beating the Penguins, the Panthers finally losing, and the Blackhawks continuing to lose for a franchise-record streak.

  • The Sharks had seven players on COVID protocol, forcing them to call up five players and delay the start of their game. (They still beat the Jets, 2-1.) [Sharks]
  • The Kings won for the first time since their season opener, prompting their victims the Canadiens — the Isles’ next opponent — to “hold a meeting.” [NHL]
  • Sheldon Keefe jumbled his lineup and “shocked the system” to spur the Leafs to life, and a narrow win over the Wings. [Sportsnet]
  • Teddy Blueger kept hazing Casey DeSmith about his boring mask, so the Penguins goalie challenged him to design his next one. [Post-Gazette]