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Islanders B2B Gameday News: *Same $h!+, different day

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NHL: JAN 15 Islanders at Wild
Welcome to the shit show.

Here’s a fresh thread as the Islanders follow up their no-show in Minnesota last night with whatever they’re going to provide us in Winnipeg.

As Jenny said in the recap, it was brutal, embarrassing and frustrating — and that’s just for us fans — and continues another descent in this roller coaster and unsatisfying season.

There were player and coach quotes about it being unsatisfactory, bad — “fucking bad” in Cal Clutterbucks’ words — but yeah, we know all that. We’ve seen it. And we don’t get how a team that knows what it should do and generally has the horses to do it somewhat consistently can instead deliver such madness.

Anyway, they face the Jets tonight in Winnipeg, where the forecast calls for a high of 1F, a low of minus-9. FIG Picks go here.

Islanders News

  • About last night: Disinterested and blown out. [LHH] Ugly loss riddled with problems. [Post]
  • The Skinny: With Ken Appleby mopping up, it was the first time in 139 games that someone other than Ilya Sorokin or Semyon Varlamov was in the crease (Cory Schneider). Appleby’s six years between NHL appearances is the seventh-longest in history for goalies. [Isles]
  • Three Takeaways: There is nothing to take away. (Really, after games like this, they should make Lou or Lane write this.) Lambert: “I didn’t think we were 100% committed to playing the game the right way right from the start, and just kind of snowballed.” [Isles]
  • After a long injury layoff, Adam Pelech is slowly getting his game up to speed. [Newsday]
  • Previewing tonight: Sure, I guess. [Isles]
  • Evidently with last night’s result, Marc-Andre Fleury passed Patrick Roy on the all-time wins list. [NHL] (Though you’ll never ever hear them point out that Roy’s career was pre-shootout, while Fleury’s is almost completely in the People Demand a Winner era. Makes a small difference in the counting.)

Elsewhere

Busy night around the league. Scores included the Penguins and Flyers winning and the Hurricanes losing.

  • From the weekend: “We’ll see Monday who’s showing up or not,” said Mats Zuccarello after the Wild was booed off the ice in an embarrassing loss. We sure found out! [Athletic]
  • Elvis Merzlikins confirms he has sought a trade from being third string with the Blue Jackets. [NHL]
  • Pierre LeBrun on the uncertain futures of pending UFAs Sam Reinhart, Jake Guentzel and Patrick Kane. [Athletic]
  • Rehabbing an injury, Filip Chytil gets in a little time back home with Jaromir Jagr. [NHL]
  • Valeri Nichushkin has entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. He’s been having a productive season after missing the rest of the Avs’ series with the Kraken last spring following a bizarre incident in his hotel room. [NHL]
  • Evander Kane’s game is crashing, and he’s clearly bothered by a lower body injury. [Edm. Journal]