Im sure the Islanders would like to be giving thanks for their first win in over a month, but instead the team will bear the weight of a 14-game winless streak during their holiday practice.
A couple bright spots from last night's 4-3 OT loss to Columbus?
--The team scored three goals for the first time since November 27, a 5-3 loss to Montreal.
--Travis Hamonic had a very encouraging first NHL game...calm, steady and physical. Hardly looked rattled making the jump from the AHL to the NHL
--Rick DiPietro looked good again. Seems like he's getting into a groove.
One very ugly stat, however?
The team is 0-for-26 on the PP over the past 7 games.
Doug Weight (back), Zenon Konopka and Trent Hunter (lower body injury) did not practice. It appeared Hunter injured himself after delivering a hit along the boards early in the third period last night. Zenon Konopka also had the day off.
Jack Hillen (concussion) skated with the team, so that's an encouraging sign.