Kyle Okposo and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers return to the ice for three games this weekend. The club will be active on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as they enter a crucial stretch of the season. They are currently five points out of a playoff spot but a strong showing in these next three games will likely vault them back into position for a postseason berth.
The Islanders, while idle on Friday, also have two big games coming up this weekend. Like their AHL feeder club, the Isles are just a few points (two, in fact) shy of playoff contention. They'll take on the 8th-place Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, then welcome in an inconsistent Florida Panthers team on Sunday. If the Islanders want to move up the table and help their cause, they must win games like these.
Sunday is likely to be another special day at the Coliseum because the Islanders will again be celebrating their proud history, this time with the 'Core of the Four' presentation. The men who anchored the 4 Stanley Cup Championships in the early 1980's will be honored with a 'Walk of Champions,' followed by a banner raising ceremony for legendary coach Al Arbour.
We'll have details of the events regarding both Kyle and those on Long Island, so you'll want to check back here frequently. It promises to be another special weekend of Islanders hockey.