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Islanders Anxiety - Episode 238 - Learning the Lingo

Rearranging our lives for late night West Coast games is normal.

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Mike and Dan recap the Islanders’ mostly successful week in California, look ahead at three big games on the horizon and wonder what language the players are speaking to each other.

With two wins in their their three games on the West Coast, the Islanders solidified their playoff position. It wasn’t perfect, with some bad periods, awful power plays, unfortunate events and a few players stepping backward. But others have stepped up, even ones in scoring droughts, and pulled it together to take advantage of a few timely losses by rivals around them in the playoff chase.

They also brace for an invasion of Leafs water carriers upon UBS Arena and a weird short-notice back-to-back this week. All the while, they beg for some insight into the “lingo” the Islanders players need to learn that’s so different from what other teams use. Please, we need to know.

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“I think some of the lingo, too, that we use in meetings, it took me a couple months to figure out some of the stuff,” Palmieri said. “The coach will yell out four drills that the names don’t make any sense. You’ve just got to figure it out.

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