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Islanders News: Misfits managed

The Isles conclude a 3-0 homestand and end 2022 on a high note with a win over the Blue Jackets.

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Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders
Yeah, you’re not scoring from there.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Yes! It shouldn’t feel like a big win, but it was so necessary for the Isles to get two points last night against the Metro-bottom Blue Jackets that I felt a sense of relief when it was over.

That need for two points even took some of the sting off Ilya Sorokin losing his shutout bid late. And hallelujah, they even got a power play goal.

Islanders News

  • The Isles did exactly what they needed, with a complete game. One errant shot off a Blue Jacket’s chest ended Sorokin’s shutout bid. [LHH]
  • They played well enough to score more, but goals from Pageau and Barzal were enough. [Newsday]
  • During a bad injury spell, the Isles are getting it done with replacements ranging from Ross Johnston to Aatu Raty. The Isles don’t think the injuries have anything to do with the lack of Johnston-types in the lineup, and Lane Lambert was never concerned about Raty’s skating [Athletic]
  • Seven straight losses for the Blue Jackets, ye gods. [NHL]
  • Three Takeaways: A 3-0 homestand for the Isles, and continued dominance over the Blue Jackets. [Isles]
  • Lee: “We did what we had to do.” A good win and a good homestand finishes off 2022 in style. [Post]
  • So now the Isles head to Seattle to begin a tough northwestern trip, and in an uncharacteristic bit of advance transparency, they announce that Kyle Palmieri, Cal Clutterbuck and Semyon Varlamov are well enough to travel with the team. [Isles]
  • However, the prognosis for Adam Pelech, Oliver Wahlstrom and Simon Holmstrom remains uncertain, and dare we say a little worrying. [Newsday]
  • ICYMI: Here’s the MSG segment with the pranksters behind “The Santa Game.” [MSG on YouTube]

Congratulations to Casey Cizikas — man, I remember when we profiled him after his draft selection — on 700 regular season NHL games:

Hickey at the Mic

Going back a game, Thomas Hickey breaks down the Noah Dobson pass to Josh Bailey, and how Romanov’s rush made it possible:


Last night’s other NHL scores include the Rangers losing in a shootout (teehee) in Tampa, and the Capitals losing in OT to the Senators. Also, Alex Barkov returned to score a hat trick for the Panthers in their demolition of Montreal, and the Leafs blew a third-period lead in Arizona {cackles loudly}. Oh, and in the Sabres’ first game since the devastating blizzard, Kyle Okposo scored a hat trick against the Red Wings,

  • Alex Lafreniere was scratched by the Rangers, renewing all kinds of delightful angst about their handling of their former top pick, as old friend Arthur Staple shares some pro scouts’ concerns. [Athletic | Post]
  • Sam Gagner has been through quite a lot to make it to 1,000 NHL regular season games. (Incredibly, there’s only 11 playoff games to add to that total, and they were with Philadelphia and Columbus.) [NHL]
  • Ranking all 28 Winter Classic jerseys because why not. [ESPN]
  • Pierre Lebrun shares what agents of pending UFAs are willing to tell him, which isn’t much at all except for Allan Walsh, who is always willing to talk a ton and probably Googles himself daily. [Athletic]
  • Sidney Crosby and 98 others receive the Order of Canada. [NHL | TSN]
  • Thursday at the WJC: The U.S. rebounds against Switzerland. [NHL]
  • As 2022 concludes, the Oilers really, really need to recapture their chemistry from spring 2022. [Sportsnet]
  • Carter Hart is neglected and barraged with shots in Philadelphia. Surely, they won’t ruin him like the Ducks have shattered Gibson? [Broad Street Hockey]
  • And is Chuck Fletcher really on the hot seat in Philly? [Broad Street Hockey]