Moving the puck: Thursday notes

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They worked a little on the power play Thursday morning at Wonderland. They tried some different ideas, Scott Pellerin said, a little trickier because Eric Boguniecki, who coaches the power play, had a family obligation this morning. But got to admit, it was a little cool to watch Ryan Strome work one side and Pierre-Marc […] [Read More]

Strome down/Wednesday notes (add: Boyd released)

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Ryan Strome wasn’t walking through that door… until today he was. (Or will be.) The Sound Tigers were wrapping up an interesting practice at Wonderland when news broke that the Islanders sent Strome down. It presumably, in part, clears room to activate Radek Martinek, but Garth Snow told Arthur Staple they want Strome AHL-eligible for […] [Read More]
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A few getting closer: Tuesday notes

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Riley Wetmore and John Persson both practiced today. Wetmore, a few weeks removed from getting skulled by a puck, said he felt pretty good at the end of it. “We’ll see their conditioning level, see if they’re available for the weekend. They’re not officially available,” Scott Pellerin said. “It depends how they do today, how […] [Read More]

Net-front presence: Hartford postgame

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So thanks to Anders Lee for giving me tonight’s lead last night. All those things Lee talked about last night? They did ‘em today. Good night, everybody. ….. Of course Hartford’s in about as bad a way as Bridgeport has been. But still. “Our team, the way we play, the way we have to play […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Lee, Milner, Postgame

Hartford Pregame

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John Persson’s on for warmup at least; he and Brett Gallant split a spot, but otherwise the lineup looks similar to last night’s, with a defense tweak. Dov Grumet-Morris is away from the Wolf Pack with his wife in labor, so it’s a Jason Missiaen/Scott Stajcer tandem for the moment. Micheal Haley has been back […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Persson, Pregame

No dice: Portland postgame

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“We’re right there,” Anders Lee said after another home shutout. “We’re not putting the puck in the net. It’s frustrating. We’re trying our best out there. It’s not going in right now. All you can do is come back with a lot of energy and try to get two points.” With 31 shots, a couple […] [Read More]

Rearrangement: Portland pregame

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For the first time since before Halloween, Anders Lee and Mike Halmo start the night on different lines. No John Persson, but some rearrangement all around: Scooter Vaughan took the first rush on right wing on the third line, and Kirill Kabanov took the second. I got myself discombobulated on the right wingers on Portland’s […] [Read More]

Reiter gets a deal: Manchester Liveblog

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Kenny Reiter’s riding a two-game winning streak into tonight (7-2-2 in his past 11), has some of the best numbers on the team the past couple of years, and now finally has an NHL contract to his name. The Islanders announced his signing this afternoon for the rest of the year. (At 27, he’ll be […] [Read More]