Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 2/19/14

IslandersThe Men’s Hockey Quarterfinals continue today, as several potential medalists play today, including Team USA, who takes on the Czechs at 12:00 PM. The Czechs could prove to be a surprising threat to Team USA, as they steamrolled their previous opponent, Team Slovakia, to advance to the Quarterfinals.

As for the Islanders involved in the olympics, Austrians Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek are no longer a part of the Olympic Games, having been eliminated from play in the qualification round. However, if there is any signs of optimism regarding the New York Islanders, it certainly would be the play of Michael Grabner. Grabner scored 5 times (including a hat trick in his country’s first game) in 3 games.

Perhaps these Olympic Games are just what the speedster needed. Grabner, who has struggled to score in the NHL this season, has demonstrated his goal-scoring ability during these Olympic Games. With the Islanders needing any scoring they can possibly get, it sure would be nice if Grabner could continue translate his hot streak to the NHL.

Back here in Long Island, we’re just a few days away from the NHL opening up their facilities again, meaning teams can resume practice. And with the practice resuming, the roster freeze imposed before the Olympics comes to an end. Over the course of these next few weeks, the Islanders are nearly guaranteed to be sellers, as assets Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek turned down long-term contracts. We here at Eyes will certainly be covering this important trade deadline, so keep it right here for up-to-the-minute coverage from our credentialed (and non-credentialed) writers and team experts.

Enjoy today, folks, as it’s a “Great day for hockey”.

-Peter (@PJMcEntee)

In Case You Missed It

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Bridgeport Remains On Hot Streak (EOI)

The Book on Josh Bailey (EOI)

If You Like to Bask In Glory, Here’s USA vs. Russia’s Live Blog (EOI)

Dan Petriw Chats With Ryan Pulock (HockeyBuzz)

Around The Olympics

  • Slovenia 4, Austria 0
  • Russia 4, Norway 0
  • Czech Republic 5, Slovakia 3
  • Latvia 3, Switzerland 1

(TODAY’S CURRENT GAMES PLAYED)

  • Sweden 5, Slovenia 0

Across The Sound

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers continue their recent AHL dominance, winning their last 3 games in impressive fashion. They’re slowly inching their way back into playoff contention, and if they continue their solid play, there’s no reason why they can’t qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

(For extensive Sound Tigers coverage, click here for EOI contributor Drew Casey’s latest weekly Sound Tigers briefing)

 

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