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Islanders News: A new week beckons

It’s been a very meets-expectations start to the season.

New York Islanders v Buffalo Sabres
We’re just gonna look ahead.
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The Islanders’ first week of the season concluded by going from good, to less good, to worse. Two regulation wins to kick off the season are now a memory as the Isles showed flaws (but also fight) in their OT loss to the Devils and then just a nothing-burger performance in Buffalo.

Dan and Mike have more to say about all that in the latest Islanders Anxiety podcast.

Now on the horizon: Three out of four games at home to finish out October, beginning and ending with opponents who are off to hot starts; the Colorado Avalanche are undefeated and visit Tuesday, the currently 5-1 Red Wings visit a week from today. In between are a visit from the Senators and a brief trip to Columbus.

Islanders News

  • Oliver Wahlstrom and Julien Gauthier were happy to get in their first games of the season. Alas, with a flat team performance, nothing helped their cause. [Newsday]
  • The Islanders power play is not getting shots on goal. Those tend to be necessary. [Post]
  • The Islanders goalies are good, but still too many goals are going in. [Post]
  • The Skinny from the loss in Buffalo: Gauthier is the 588th player in club history. ... “Tage Thompson had a career-high 10 shots on goal; it’s the most shots a Sabre has had against the Isles since Jochen Hecht had 11 on New Year’s Day 2007.” [Isles]

NHL News

  • Alex DeBrincat is settling in nicely in Detroit, putting up a hat trick vs. the Flames. [NHL]
  • Connor McDavid will miss 1-2 weeks for the Oilers. [NHL] That’s okay, the hype machine has moved on and it’s all about Connor Bedard now.
  • Andre Burakovsky will miss 6-8 weeks for the Kraken after surgery. [NHL]
  • Joseph Woll feels ready for the Leafs’ net. I’m sure the fanbase is ready, too. [Sportsnet]
  • Craig Anderson will get a “one-day contract” kind of retirement send-off from the Senators. [Sportsnet]