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Islanders News: What the Duck is going on here?

The Islanders send us through waves of emotion week after week.

Anaheim Ducks v New York Islanders
Rejoice, rejoice, Simon Holmstrom.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Islanders are doing great! It’s weird. It’s been high-wire every game. There are persistent flaws. But also some improving signs? And some things, like scoring overall, and the power play, that have been pretty good even through their tough times.

They haven’t lost in regulation in a month (cue: just jinxed Friday), so man they have sent us through some ups and downs.

Suddenly they’re four points off the pace for the division lead. What do you make of this team now?

Islanders News

  • Recaps from last night’s win over the Ducks on Simon Holmstrom’s late shorty: LHH | Newsday | THN | NHL | Post
  • Mat Barzal and Bo Horvat know they’re relied on — and paid — to be the big guns, and they’re motivated to show they can do it. [Newsday]
  • The Isles players were excited to see Ross Johnston, with Anders Lee and Casey Cizikas fawning over his character and how he handled his role here. [THN | Post]
  • In praise of Lou Lamoriello for keeping the squad together and augmenting here and there. [THN]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores also included the Avalanche rolling the Sabres and the Jets knocking off the Kings.

  • Bourne on recent big hits, bad hits, retaliation, suspensions: The NHL is caught between two generations on physicality. [Sportsnet]
  • How Detroit slowly built itself into a contender...at least for free agents, anyway. [ESPN]
  • In praise of Roberto Luongo, in Canucks teammates’ words. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL has revamped the All-Star Skills Competition with considerable input from Connor McDavid, who is understood to be really skilled. [ESPN]
  • Igor Shesterkin is struggling. The Smurfs aren’t worried. [Post]
  • Logan Couture thought his career would be over, but he’s improving and hopes to make a return. [NHL]
  • Gary Bettman says same stuff, different day. [NHL]