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Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 3/21/14

By Peter McEntee

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The Islanders are on spring break, as the team enjoys a nice 5 day break. The temporary absence couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as the Islanders were blown out in embarrassing fashion.

A 6-0 loss was sour, especially with the lack-luster goaltending. Anders Nilsson struggled to say the least, letting up 6 goals on 24 shots. He has been inconsistent since his recent call-up, looking very strong one game and very vulnerable the next.

The only positive that came out of Tuesday’s routing didn’t even directly involve the Islanders. Matt Moulson, former member of the team but current fan favorite played in Nassau Coliseum for the first time since the Islanders traded him on October 27th to the Buffalo Sabres.

Moulson showed that he hadn’t changed a bit, scoring two goals down in front of the net. Just like old times, eh?

Kevin Czuczman, the Islanders most recent signing got to make his NHL debut on Tuesday. He didn’t look terrible on the ice, but he certainly wasn’t an impact player, which is to be expected from a guy who had never played in the NHL before.

The Islanders won’t be playing until Sunday Afternoon, when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on home ice. With only 12 games left, the season is dwindling, and a playoff-less Islanders team is limping its way to the finish line. There certainly needs to be team adjustments on the ice for the Islanders, and with the season coming to an end, it’s time for the team to start getting ready for what should be an interesting off-season.

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Around the NHL

  •  New Jersey Devils 4, Minnesota Wild 3 (OT)
  • Detroit Red Wings 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (OT)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
  • Phoenix Coyotes 2, Florida Panthers 1
  • San Jose Sharks 3, Anaheim Ducks 2
  • Philadelphia Flyers 4, Dallas Stars 2
  • Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Ottawa Senators 4
  • Buffalo Sabres 3, Edmonton Oilers 1
  • Los Angeles Kings 2, Washington Capitals 1 (SO)

Across the Sound

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers haven’t been officially eliminated from playoff contention, but they certainly have dug themselves into a deep hole. With a spot quickly slipping from their grasp, it looks as if the Islanders’ development team will be missing the playoffs this season.