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Islanders Anxiety - Episode 259 - Good, Bad and Resilient

I didn’t go to bed sad. When you go to bed sad, it’s a problem.

NOTE (THAT WE FORGOT TO MENTION): Weird Islanders: The Podcast! returns for its third season this Friday! We’ve recorded some bangers already so it’s going to be a great slate of episodes featuring some real blasts from the past (and a lotta goalies for some reason).

Mike and Dan recap the Islanders first full week of the season, one that saw some great performances and some bewildering ones.

After dominating the Arizona Coyotes to a deceptive 1-0 win, the Islanders showed a lot of fight against the speedy New Jersey Devils (before a Jack Hughes overtime goal went and ruined everything). A night later in Buffalo, the Islanders were no-shows against a Sabres team they had beaten just a week earlier. While skaters playing on a back-to-back might have had an excuse, the fresh players inserted into the lineup were all but invisible, raising serious questions about how they will fit in going forward.

In the second half, they look ahead to the Islanders upcoming schedule against a recent champion, a young darling and in a house of horrors for them. They also discuss ESPN’s upcoming “Frozen Frenzy” of wall-to-wall hockey coverage (for one night, anyway) and set the stage for another installment of Master Leaf Theatre.


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