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Islanders News: Well, at least the PP has Horvat now

Off days after crushing losses are for finding silver linings wherever you can.

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New York Islanders v Montreal Canadiens
Lotta hope invested in the new guy.
Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The Islanders had an extra day to lick their wounds or do a Super Bowl (sorry: “the big game,” to respect trademarks) party or something, after dropping games to the Canucks and Canadiens. Tomorrow they have an opportunity to drop one to the Senators, which would complete the Canadian non-playoff trifecta.

So for the off day in between, we just stew over points lost, and think about what could have been and what may be.

Islanders News

  • Bo Horvat’s arrival helps the sad Isles’ power play. [Newsday | Post]
  • Can Josh Bailey salvage his season with a run next to Barzal and Horvat? For Lane Lambert, who’s healthy scratched him, put him on the fourth line, and tried other avenues, he’s appreciated his steady professionalism through it all. [Athletic]
  • Bo Horvat may thrive, but is it enough for the Isles’ season? (We suspect not.) [THN]
  • Now is not the time to fire Lambert. [NYI Hockey Now]
  • No real news on their off day, but here’s something about their next assistance dog and a puppy bowl, maybe. [Isles]
  • Bridgeport lost to Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate on Saturday. [B-Isles]


Yesterday’s NHL scores include Philadelphia losing. (The Capitals also lost, but that doesn’t have the same Super Bowl humor ring to it.)

  • We mentioned the other day that Anton Forsberg left the game on a stretcher. Turns out the Senators goalie tore both MCLs. Yikes. [NHL]
  • Timo Meier knows he could be traded any day now. [NHL]
  • The Leafs lost to the Blue Jackets, but they felt better after an outdoor practice. [TSN | Sportsnet]
  • Don’t feel bad that the Isles lost to the Canadiens! The Oilers did, too. [Sportsnet]