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Islanders Look for Rebound in Battle of New York

The New York Islanders are officially at the halfway point of the (regular) season. They are officially a real threat to make the playoffs. Their recent surge has stalled for a moment, their six-game win streak ending Tuesday night after a fortunate win in St. Louis. But now they have a chance to get back on track during this busy schedule with two games against the struggling Rangers.

Leave your FIG picks for tonight here.

Islanders Reading

  • Carey looked at how Josh Bailey has played a role in the Islanders’ — and Mathew Barzal’s — progress this season. But that won’t sway some, because opinions are entrenched. [LHH]
  • Another life story-inspired mask for Robin Lehner is coming, this one with a Fisherman top to an overall theme of the struggles and renewal he’s experienced. [Instagram @daveart]
  • Barry Trotz was unhappy with how the last two games went, and is hoping an intense practice yesterday helped get them back on track. [Newsday]
  • Arthur Staple had the Islanders review their first half in their own words. The majority picked Lehner as MVP. [Athletic]
  • Meanwhile, the NHL.com panel has Barry Trotz in the lead for the Jack Adams. [NHL]
  • Devon Toews is already making an impact with the Isles. (But you knew that already.) [Post]
  • A therapeutic rant about the Islanders demoting Ho-Sang instead of some other forward doing much less. [NYIsles blog]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores included just three games, all affecting the West.

I missed this the other night but it sounds fantastic:

  • Those Oilers, they are in a listing state and don’t appear to realize what’s wrong. [Super Fan] A roundtable on their condition (some Koskinen talk) [Copper N Blue]
  • The NHL unveiled All-Star jerseys yesterday; they’re made of recycled marine plastic and have the players’ team logos on the front instead of an NHL or conference crest. [NHL]
  • 31 Thoughts: Various trade deadline and other topics. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL leaders visited Seattle and promised flowers and profits and an All-Star Game and stuff. [NHL]
  • How much do players really make? Part 2: Taxes vary. [Hockey-Graphs]
  • Jimmy Howard hopes to continue and end his career with the Red Wings. [NHL]
  • Mitch Marner reiterates he doesn’t want to talk contract during the season. Enjoy, Leafs. [NHL]



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