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Islanders Gameday News: Two games to sort of improve things

We know the Islanders need these points, but even if they get all of them before the break, then what?

New York Islanders v Ottawa Senators
The way Senators unis were meant to look.
Photo by Matt Zambonin/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Islanders close out the pre-All Star portion of the schedule with a home back-to-back, beginning with the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.

The Sens are coming off an overtime win over the Oilers, which is both amusing and satisfying.

Leave First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here.

The Isles are — they’re not even a bubble team, they’re just a team that thought it would be a contender and now thinks of itself as a bubble team. I’ll be as entertained as the next guy if they make the second half of the season interesting, but they continue to exhibit the traits of a team that’s just ho-hum, so-so.

Islanders News

  • Notes for tonight’s game: [Isles]
  • That’s great that the Isles played well against the Wild, but they need points. Real bad. [Newsday]
  • Not an ideal time for the Islanders’ vaunted goalie pairing to hit a rough patch. [Post]
  • Brock Nelson has delivered, albeit limited by injuries and COVID. [Eyes on Isles]
  • Prospect Report: Logan Cockerill, Alex Ljungkrantz, Eetu Liukas all find the back of the net, while Henrik Tikkanen earns his 10th win. [Isles]
  • The Bridgeport Isles are leaning on Skarek in goal. [AHL]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include nothing too relevant, but the Devils did blow it against the Leafs.

  • The NHL and NHLPA agreed to several COVID protocol updates for after the All-Star break, including ending daily tests of vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals. [Sportsnet]
  • The season is only half over, but already the contenders have separated themselves. [TSN]
  • Mason Marchment had six points, even Sam Reinhart had a hat trick, as the Florida Panthers cannot be stopped. [Sportsnet]
  • The miserable Canadiens are “open to everything” as their new GM looks to overhaul things. [TSN] Their captain says “you can never lose your culture.” [TSN]
  • The NHL will “up the ante” for the skills portion of All-Star Weekend and I am not even going to pretend to remotely care. [NHL]
  • Mark Spector, chronicler of all things trending with the Oilers, says they wasted chances in losing to the Sens. [Sportsnet]