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It’s been some time since we’ve seen the Islanders, and a lot has changed since then. Injuries have taken yet another player, this time it was Michael Grabner, who will be out for the rest of this season due to a concussion.
While Grabner is out, Johan Sundstrom will be getting some NHL time. Sundstrom joins 8 other rookies on this Islanders team, and with the injury bug (sadly) alive and well, that number could continue to rise.
Along with Sundstrom being called up, the Islanders added young defenseman Kevin Czuczman on Tuesday. Czuczman is the newest in a boatload of defensive prospects with potential, as he boasts size, offensive ability, and even has familiarity with some of the team. The organization must think he’s pretty good, as he’ll likely be making his NHL debut tonight against the San Jose Sharks.
Tonight’s game against the Sharks is the first home game the Islanders have had in nearly two weeks. With back-to-back Friday-Saturday (the latter of the two games featuring a protest, which should be…er… entertaining?), it’ll be good to be at the Coliseum again, as the 2013-14 season is quickly coming to an end here.
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The Sound Tigers have now lost four straight games, something of a culture shock for the team. Prior to the call-up of their best offensive players, the Sound Tigers had won 14 of their last 16 games. Without their top scoring, as was expected, the team has struggled, and it looks as if the hope of reaching the Calder Cup Playoffs are falling out of reach.