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pganut : 3/13/2017 11:19 am
What's this? Surely, there isn't another basketball tournament, circus, Rich Dad seminar, gun show, medieval festival, mass religious cult wedding, etc. to keep the Isles from returning home? A game tonight at Barclays, where the Isles are 9-0-2 in their last 11. They take on the ex-Whalers, who lead the season series against the Isles, so let's hope for some reversal of fortune.

We do so on pins and needles as JF Berube gets the start tonight. Guessing Dougie feels they'll play with purpose to protect a goalie who has been...less than ideal this season. Quine and Cizikas have skated, but not ready to return; Doug says they're "close, but not ready yet". Same forwards. Similarly, Boychuck is not ready to return on D, so Adam Pelech gives Scott Mayfield a break tonight.

I noticed Mathew Barzal has missed the last couple of games for Seattle, and today see that according to a British Columbia hockey blog that
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a source in the Seattle area told Taking Note on Sunday that “indications are that (Mathew) Barzal has the mumps. He’s in isolation as a precautionary measure but signs point to mumps.”
Get well, kid. And even in his absence against Everett on Saturday, the opposing coach had this to say about Barzal:
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“It doesn’t change our approach, but he’s a helluva player,” Everett head coach Kevin Constantine said. “I think he’s the most dynamic offensive player in the league.'

One interesting thing I picked up on: regarding the prospects at the goaltender position, I think we all know that we're waiting for Ilya Sorokin to make the jump. But don't forget that Linus Soderstrom is also highly regarded, and may well make it to the US before Sorokin given Sorokin's KHL contract that still has another season on it after this one. Regarding Soderstrom:
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Soderstrom broke a record held by fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist by posting the lowest goals against average in the SHL with a 1.34 GAA. Lundqvist’s record was 1.45 GAA. While Sorokin is contract tied to the KHL,Soderstrom’s deal with his club HV71 has expired. Making him eligible to sign an entry-level NHL contract.

Let's also see if the road trip and the success on it are things the Isles can build on. Dougie:
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“We’ve gained some confidence on the road as a team,” he said. “I think playing on the road, the style we have to play, we’ve played a lot of different teams with different elements.”
Finally, Josh Bailey is one point shy of 50 this season and 300 for his career.

Let's Go Islanders
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Tangential note, Shattenkirk suspended 2 games  
pganut : 3/13/2017 4:08 pm : link
Charging during their game with the Kings, left his feet and launched himself at Gravel.

Must be all that clean living and lessons from uber-douche Tom Wilson.
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Anyone else going tonight?  
Mike in Long Beach : 3/13/2017 4:41 pm : link
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I don't know if the numbers agree  
Dave M : 3/13/2017 5:41 pm : link
But it seems Carolina plays the Isles really tough. I think 4pts is not too much to ask for at this point. Toronto will have a game in hand after tonight.

And those who said we needed 12 pts on the trip were right. 12 would've put us in a tie.
McKenzie on college players who may go pro  
Dave M : 3/13/2017 5:53 pm : link
He mentioned the possibility of Kiefer Bellows on the bottom. The rest is a scouting report on all the guys the Rangers will sign.
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RE: I don't know if the numbers agree  
pganut : 3/13/2017 6:32 pm : link
In comment 13391996 Dave M said:
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But it seems Carolina plays the Isles really tough. I think 4pts is not too much to ask for at this point. Toronto will have a game in hand after tonight.

And those who said we needed 12 pts on the trip were right. 12 would've put us in a tie.
You're correct. Canes always give us fits. And with due respect to his longevity, it bugs the hell out of me that a very average goalie in Cam Ward is 21-4-4 lifetime against the Islanders. I'd enjoy putting a pasting on him one of these games.

About Bellows, I had read all along that he'd likely be at BU for a year before moving to the AHL, so it seems like that may well happen. He's shown flashes of real good play but has also been buried a bit there.
LOL...national game, first game home after a franchise long trip  
pganut : 3/13/2017 7:33 pm : link
And a team on the cusp of the playoffs, and we get...

John Forslund, the Carolina Hurricanes announcer. For an Islanders home game. Great job, NBC.
Wooooooo!  
Dave M : 3/13/2017 7:54 pm : link
Good start.
Good jump rewarded  
pganut : 3/13/2017 7:55 pm : link
Fortuitous bounce off Slavin's stick. We'll take it.
Well that was pretty.  
BlueHurricane : 3/13/2017 7:55 pm : link
Skating well so far.
Love it  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:00 pm : link
Seeing some Ho-Sang jerseys in the crowd.
Haha  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:04 pm : link
Dominate a game virtually the whole way, a terrible shift where no one wants to clear the puck, and Berube has no idea where he's positioned. Tie game against a team that should be done 4-0.

And just like that, they score again, with Berube in bad position. Wake the fuck up.
Well that was ugly  
BlueHurricane : 3/13/2017 8:06 pm : link
WTF just happened?
Can Soderstrom be called in?  
Dave M : 3/13/2017 8:09 pm : link
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A) A bad shift by the Nelson line leads to 2 goals in :26  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:10 pm : link
B) Berube is lost out there

C) Our GM is spiteful and would rather score ego points than bring up Halak

But Gionta ties it up!
wooo!  
JayBinQueens : 3/13/2017 8:12 pm : link
watching streaming bc I'm still at work (corporate travel agent = really shitty day before a blizzard).

Pg, ruined the surprise of the tying goal but I'll take it!

(won't be commenting too much tonight because of the lag)
That was a PP, huh?  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:36 pm : link
Disgusting

But CDH waits till it's 5v5 and scores!
CDH!  
Dave M : 3/13/2017 8:37 pm : link
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CDH  
BlueHurricane : 3/13/2017 8:38 pm : link
Snipe!!
Berube is singlehandedly killing us  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:48 pm : link
Garth should be on the phone with BPT pronto-like. Trailing these clowns? C'mon.
Fuck this mf'er  
KWhite2250 : 3/13/2017 8:48 pm : link
Garth should be fired for the way he handled this shit and kept this POS around so god damn long
This is one of the worst displays of goaltending  
BlueHurricane : 3/13/2017 8:49 pm : link
I've seen in a looooooooooong time.
If Halak  
The 12th Man : 3/13/2017 8:50 pm : link
Is not up here tomorrow this team is not making the playoffs

This is atrocious!
This is one of the worst displays of hockey I've seen in some time  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:51 pm : link
Period.

Cannot come out and lay down like this at home, and against a dead team walking...especially with so much on the line.

Game's not over by a longshot.
For fucks sake  
BlueHurricane : 3/13/2017 8:52 pm : link
Finally have an off night to watch a games and the Isles are giving me a shit burger
Wow  
timintey : 3/13/2017 8:52 pm : link
this is brutal
Funny thing is  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:54 pm : link
I feel like we'll find a way to come back and win this. Frankly, it's a game where we should be up several right now.
RE: If Halak  
marbles : 3/13/2017 8:55 pm : link
In comment 13392133 The 12th Man said:
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Is not up here tomorrow this team is not making the playoffs

This is atrocious!


Absolutely agree. But jackass Snow will not admit he screwed this season up.
Brutal, Brock  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:56 pm : link
Just brutal.
You have to laugh  
timintey : 3/13/2017 8:56 pm : link
at this point
What a joke  
KWhite2250 : 3/13/2017 8:57 pm : link
This team wont make the playoffs
Nelson should not  
The 12th Man : 3/13/2017 8:58 pm : link
Be allowed back on the ice
Kids get one back  
pganut : 3/13/2017 8:59 pm : link
Beau to JHS
JHS!!  
timintey : 3/13/2017 8:59 pm : link
!
Wow  
Fish : 3/13/2017 8:59 pm : link
The kids carrying us
Ho train?  
Dave M : 3/13/2017 8:59 pm : link
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Ho Sang!!!!  
The 12th Man : 3/13/2017 8:59 pm : link
Beautiful!
JT  
Fish : 3/13/2017 9:01 pm : link
Has disappeared lately huh?
Get 1 more before the end of the period  
pganut : 3/13/2017 9:02 pm : link
Then it's balls to the wall in the 3rd.
Staple nails the observation  
pganut : 3/13/2017 9:04 pm : link
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#Isles in the D zone tonight back to October-level puck watching. Good combo with the awful goaltending.
We just  
The 12th Man : 3/13/2017 9:06 pm : link
Made our 1st save tonight
Dink!!  
timintey : 3/13/2017 9:06 pm : link
Could have been huge!
Damn we just  
The 12th Man : 3/13/2017 9:07 pm : link
Hit iron! Crap!
Horrible Call  
The 12th Man : 3/13/2017 9:09 pm : link
By the way I think Slavin has 5 goals this year. I think 4 are against us.
Good lord  
pganut : 3/13/2017 9:36 pm : link
Carolina is averaging 6 per game against us so far this year. It's almost like the Canes play over their heads and the Isles just sort of show up when these 2 teams play. Fuck being tired as an excuse. Quit the lazy shit (Brock, love you, but looking right at you; take your -4 to the bench).

Now Seids yanks Skinner down for the PS. Of course, Skinner scores.
Way to go Seidenberg  
timintey : 3/13/2017 9:36 pm : link
FFS!!!
Unreal  
Fish : 3/13/2017 9:42 pm : link
1 step forward. 2 steps back
Stempniak  
Fish : 3/13/2017 9:44 pm : link
Looks like Kane out there. Wtf?
Just comical now  
pganut : 3/13/2017 9:54 pm : link
Shitty, shitty deflection off Hamonic. I thought it was a softie at first, but that completely changed direction and speed.

Well, these guys brought this on themselves. Pucker up, buttercups. Big boy pants are gonna be needed to salvage something this season.
Shame on us  
pganut : 3/13/2017 10:13 pm : link
For putting some faith in things. A team that fails itself too often and a GM who pours gasoline on the fire by refusing to fix a mistake (do we really worry if anyone'll claim Berube? Ain't gonna happen)) in favor of looking like he "won" that situation? At the expense of making the playoffs? Hopefully, having had that called out in less fan-centric fashion on a national broadcast should prompt some attention from ownership.
RE: Shame on us  
Dave M : 3/14/2017 2:45 am : link
In comment 13392231 pganut said:
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For putting some faith in things. A team that fails itself too often and a GM who pours gasoline on the fire by refusing to fix a mistake (do we really worry if anyone'll claim Berube? Ain't gonna happen)) in favor of looking like he "won" that situation? At the expense of making the playoffs? Hopefully, having had that called out in less fan-centric fashion on a national broadcast should prompt some attention from ownership.


Well said
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