LGD - Game 21: Islanders @ Leafs - Do you like fishsticks?

Cam Charron
November 19 2013 12:29PM

The New York Islanders came into a season with heightened expectations after a strong second half last season that saw them claim their first playoff berth since 2007. They made a few roster changes, adding Cal Clutterbuck, Peter Regin, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to round out a strong top nine that includes John Tavares, Frans Nielsen, Michael Grabner, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey. Early on in the season, they traded unrestricted free agent-to-be Matt Moulson in exchange for unrestricted free agent-to-be Thomas Vanek.

Naturally, all these changes have resulted in an overwhelming amount of success on Long Island, yes?

Well, not exactly.

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Marlies to host Farjestads in Exhibition Game

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 19 2013 11:23AM

Following Leafs coach Randy Carlyle's pre-game media availability, American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the Toronto Marlies will face SHL club Farjestad BK in an international exhibition game on February 15th, 2014. 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - November 18, 2013 - Rage Cake

Steve Dangle
November 18 2013 08:27PM



On today's episode, we talk about amazing awesome hero greatest player ever Peter Holland, meanie bo beanie John Scott, and Mrs. Dangle makes an embarrassing guest appearance.

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Marlies Beat Stars In 10 Round Shootout

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 18 2013 11:36AM

Everything is bigger in Texas, including their AHL team's spot in the standings entering todays game. Sitting in fourth place, the Texas Stars, affiliate of Dallas, were six spots ahead of the Toronto Marlies and looking to maintain that gap. On the other hand a win for the blue and white would tie them with Oklahoma City for the last playoff spot in the west (yes, it's very early, but still accurate). The result? A little bit of both; Texas picked up a point to help their push, and the Marlies grabbed a big pair with a shootout win. 

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David Clarkson after ten games

Cam Charron
November 18 2013 11:02AM

David Clarkson hasn't necessarily been under attack, but we can say that people are beginning to question the things Clarkson can do on the ice. I don't necessarily think he's been all that bad in his first few games as a Leaf. He's leading the team in most puck-possession categories, has had a few scoring chances and unfortunately finds himself goal-less in mid-November, something that could have been impossible to forecast back in July when he signed his long contract.

Clarkson now has 10 games under his belt, and he has just three assists in those games. A 10-game goal-less slump doesn't particularly bother me. Players slump, they don't get the bounces, whatever, but what does have me worried is that Clarkson is just shooting at 2.0 shots per game. He's a high-volume, low-percentage shooter who was 43rd in shots per game among forwards between 2010 and the end of the shortened 2013 campaign. So what's happened?

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