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  • GAME 29 vs. New Jersey Devils, Thursday, January 13, 7:30 PM, MSG+

    I figured I'd start the new GDT now, this way we could put some updates leading up to the game.

    All day today, it just feels like I should be getting excited to watch a game tonight. It just doesn't feel right that they are not playing. It's weird.

    And we have an entire 7 more days until this game starts. Yuck!

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    Just to build some excitement:

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    • #3
      Lets hope this is the last break for us!
      THE Boards Token Canadian Fan

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      • #4
        Someone on Facebook page shared this article from the new guy from the Athletic (whole article is not quoted):

        https://theathletic.com/author/kevin-kurz/





        For as maddening as the Islanders’ latest pause in their schedule must be for them, especially considering they seemed to be turning a corner after a miserable first few months, there could be one huge benefit to the nearly two-week respite. By the time they host the Devils on Thursday at UBS Arena, they could — emphasis on could — have a nearly full lineup for the first time in months.
        While Ryan Pulock’s status remains in question, and associate coach Lane Lambert offered no update on the important defenseman who has been out with a likely foot injury since the middle of November, the Islanders have enjoyed getting the nearly full band back together for practice this week.

        “I think like any team it just goes a long, long way — especially with what we’ve been through this year, just having so many different lineups,” Mathew Barzal said on Wednesday.
        He continued: “That stretch we went through was tough. Everybody was moving around lines. I had new wingers every night, every center had different wingers, wingers had different centermen. We had new (defensemen) in the lineup. It was just a blender every night. It’s tough to get that chemistry to click right away.”

        The Islanders, of course, are a team that relies on its structure more than anything else to win games. Rotating players in and out of the lineup is an arguably tougher task for them than it might be for a team that considers itself a little more wide open and offensive-minded. While the Islanders are hardly the only team that’s been forced to endure COVID-19 burning its way through the roster, the sudden absences of so many key players in November, in particular, threw them into disarray.

        It remains to be seen whether that stretch, which included an 11-game losing streak, derailed their season entirely as they remain in last place in the Metropolitan Division albeit with many games in hand on the teams above them. Still, with potentially everyone available by the time they play another game, they could be in a position to start stringing some wins together. Coach Barry Trotz compared the team to an 18-wheeler in late December, suggesting that once they get going they can be difficult to slow down.

        “It certainly is something to look forward to,” said Lambert, who has been running practices with Trotz still out due to personal reasons, about potentially getting everyone back. “We haven’t had that. Moving forward, knowing that that’s a possibility is exciting.”

        Barzal said: “It will be nice to really get everybody back and just have everybody’s lines back and feel that chemistry again with the guys. Once you get one win, you get another one, and you just get that feeling again, that confidence and you ride that hot streak. So hopefully we can get on one of those quickly here right after this break, and make a playoff push.”
        Still, there remains a large group of underperforming players, particularly up front, that will have to start doing more than they have to this point if they’re going to remain in the lineup and the Islanders are going to consistently win games. Prior to taking his leave of absence, Trotz made it clear that he is not going to be afraid to pull veteran players out of the lineup if they’re not getting the job done. While his reply after the win over Buffalo on Dec. 30 was primarily about Kyle Palmieri, he of one goal in 25 games this season, it’s fair to wonder if fellow one-goal contributors like Zach Parise and Josh Bailey might have to do more to keep their places in the active lineup, too.

        Among the forwards that made a good account of themselves in the games leading up to the break were Kieffer Bellows, who has points in three straight games and has been a part of the top power-play unit lately, and Austin Czarnik, who has spent most of his career in the AHL but has shown he can play a responsible two-way game at times during his various stints in the NHL. It seems extremely unlikely that Bellows, in particular, will come out after skating the last two games on the wing of J-G Pageau and having success there.

        “I think it’s a good problem to have,” Bailey said Friday when asked if the internal competition among the group was heating up. “We have a lot of talented guys in this room and I think that the teams that win have that. It’s good to have that competition. … I think you’ve got to enjoy that.”

        Lambert added: “We have some good numbers now. Any time you have that, you’re going to have some internal competition, for sure.”

        In the meantime, the Islanders have had to sit idly by while other teams have gained points on them in the standings. The Pittsburgh Penguins have now rattled off 10 wins in a row, and although they are still in fourth place in the division, they now have a 12-point cushion on fifth place New Jersey, and a whopping 19-point advantage on the Islanders, who have five games in hand.

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        • #5
          Kaszycki's Krew has completed his victory prep for this game next week as of 10:47 AM Saturday 8th January.

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          • #6
            Good news is a full lineup and a chance to go on a tear.
            The object is to win. Not just to compete, but to win.

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            • #7
              https://twitter.com/AGrossNewsday/st...sf-isTZ2w&s=19

              Tomorrow night’s Lighting at #NJDevils game postponed because of COVID issues. #Isles scheduled to host Devils Thursday night
              "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mw147 View Post
                https://twitter.com/AGrossNewsday/st...sf-isTZ2w&s=19

                Tomorrow night’s Lighting at #NJDevils game postponed because of COVID issues. #Isles scheduled to host Devils Thursday night
                At this point you just have to laugh about it
                THE Boards Token Canadian Fan

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TK27 View Post

                  At this point you just have to laugh about it
                  Who has the covid issues, Jersey or Tampa ? So I read the Devils have 7 on the list, don't they have a AHL team to full up the roster or are we the only team to suffer the problem of minor leaguers players for the NHL team ?
                  31GOALIE31
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                  Last edited by 31GOALIE31; 1 week ago.

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                  • #10
                    https://twitter.com/AGrossNewsday/st...Pgh7_jM0g&s=19

                    #NJDevils currently with seven players in COVID-19 protocol.
                    "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mw147 View Post
                      https://twitter.com/AGrossNewsday/st...Pgh7_jM0g&s=19

                      #NJDevils currently with seven players in COVID-19 protocol.
                      States have stopped contact tracing something everybody has or will have - for real. It is endemic and the NHL needs to adjust. It will not and to be fair is in an impossible situation. Other leagues can withstand sustained loss of revenue. The NHL - decidedly - cannot.
                      The object is to win. Not just to compete, but to win.

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                      • #12
                        https://twitter.com/AGrossNewsday/st...92727964360707

                        Barry Trotz, asked about #NJDevils PPD tonight and hopefully facing NJ Thursday: "We need to get some games in, plain and simple. We can't be 10, 11, 12 games behind everybody else. We're just getting ready for Thursday. That's all we can do."
                        "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                        • #13
                          https://twitter.com/amandacstein/sta...45332540346369

                          Some good news here for #NJDevils! Pavel Zacha is on the ice for practice... which should indicate he's out of Covid Protocol.
                          https://twitter.com/AGrossNewsday/st...45738796445701

                          Amanda also reports that Yegor Sharangovich is out of COVID protocol for Devils. Pretty good sign Devils will be able to play on Thursday.
                          "There’s unfinished business," coach Barry Trotz said.

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                          • #14
                            Pulock and Barry just entered protocol about 10 mins ago, it never ends.

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                            • #15
                              New Jersey Devils # 1 goalie Blackwood ? is now on Covid list.

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