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Top Shelf : New York Islanders Daily 3/2/14

By Andy Graziano

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The New York Islanders, coming off an embarrassing performance at Nassau Coliseum yesterday, will return to that same ice surface to take on the Florida Panthers at 3pm this afternoon.

The team, save for a few, failed to show up yesterday for work and in the real world, might have even been docked a days pay. The ones that did got ice time that boggled the mind and perplexed the soul.

With only 20 games remaining in the 2013-14 regular season, one has to wonder how much of a grasp Jack Capuano has on the players that, by all accounts to the media, love playing for him.  It certainly begs more questions than it does answers.

With Wednesday’s trade deadline fast approaching, it remains one of the few things fans are looking forward to. Heavily anticipated and expected trades of Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald should take place on that day and the return that general manager Garth Snow gets for those two assets could define summer plans and more importantly, future job status.

Announced yesterday was defenseman Travis Hamonic being suspended for one game and Capuano fined $10,000 as per the rules of instigating a fight in the final five minutes of the contest, although one can hardly call it a ‘fight’ in the truest sense of the word. Hamonic was coming to the aid of ex-partner MacDonald after Ryan Carter laid a clean but heavy hit on him in the corner. Judge for yourself (C/O hockeyfights.com)

One can only guess the importance of the Islanders coming out strong today and trying to erase the disappointment from yesterday’s poor showing but will going up against a Florida Panthers team that has given them trouble in the past.  As the youngsters continue to get thrown out there into learning experiences, just what will this roster end up looking like on Thursday morning during New York’s Western Canada road trip is anyone’s guess.

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The Sound Tigers had their winning streak snapped on Saturday, losing to the Sharks 2-1 in a tight, closely contested game.  Kevin Poulin finally got some work in the crease, starting for the Tigers and making 25 saves in the loss. The full game recap can be found right here.

The Sound Tigers will host the Utica Comets Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m as they wrap up a three-in-three weekend.