Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 11/12/13

By Reagan King

Nov 10, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a pad save against New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

After a disastrous road trip in which 0 of a possible 8 points were garnered, the New York Islanders return home tonight to take on the Nashville Predators.

A collective sigh of relief echoed on Twitter after Newsday’s Arthur Staple tweeted that Travis Hamonic is “fine” and will be in the lineup tonight. Hamonic left the game against the Montreal Canadiens and it looked as if another Islanders defenseman would be out with a possible head injury. With an already depleted squad, Hamonic escaping injury free is huge for the team.

What looked as though would be a turning point for the Islanders annual November slump, as taken on its ugly form once again. The Islanders are now 2-4-0 in November and the upcoming schedule only gets more difficult. The next five opponents all sit above the .500 threshold, and if the Isles want to overcome this slump, they’ll have to return to playing how they did in Pittsburgh and against the Bruins at home.

In Case You Missed It

NHL TV Schedule : Week Of November 11 (Eyes on Isles)

Thomas Vanek Could Be Back By End of Week (Newsday)

New York Islanders Need Goals from Michael Grabner (Lighthouse Hockey)

Road Woe-rriors: Isles Have Nothing To Show For Road Trip (Islanders Op-Timism)

Two Minutes for Tweeting

  • As bad as the road trip was, at least Travis Hamonic isn’t injured and it looks like Thomas Vanek will be returning shortly. Hopefully everyone else is on the right, and quick road to recovery.
  • The Anti-IslesTwitter contingency agency has officially formed and is now taking applications. We promise to get a bigger couch to accompany everyone involved.
  • Colin with some extremely logical input regarding the Isles recent woes. Fans need to remember it is still early in the season. They’re right around where they were last season. One game at a time, folks.

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Boston Bruins 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 – BOS (Bergeron, Paille, Iginla)