The Islanders may not have had a game yesterday, but there was still plenty of news swirling around the team. Most notably, Islanders coach Jack Capuano and GM Garth Snow met with the outstanding Blue and Orange of Army of Section 329. This group of passionate Islanders fans had a private meeting with the two Islanders front office members and discussed the recent team events. From what was said by members of the Blue and Orange Army, the roundtable went very well, and the team knows what they have to do in order to turn things around.
More Islanders news was abuzz as rumors continue to swirl about a potential call up of Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Ryan Strome. Strome has been playing extremely well in Bridgeport as of late, and with several Islanders forwards struggling to produce offensively, it sure looks like the Islanders’ top offensive prospect will get his shot with the team.
The young players in Bridgeport seem to be getting chances at the NHL level lately. Just this Saturday, Calvin de Haan made his season debut for the Islanders against the Washington Capitals. While the Islanders did lose the game in frustrating fashion in overtime, de Haan’s play was certainly reassuring. He performed as advertised, displaying solid defensive play in the Islanders’ zone as well as excellent first passes in transition. If de Haan can regularly play like he did this past Saturday, there’s reason to say that he has a legitimate chance at remaining with the Islanders for the foreseeable future.
As for the present day, the Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time on home ice since that fateful Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Islanders have been struggling as of late, but there’s no better way to get out of a slump than by beating the teams you hate.
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