When the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all said and done, the New York Islanders might leave the Toronto bubble with a second set of skills to fall back on.
In an effort to kill some of the downtime that they’ll have, several Islanders have brought guitars into the bubble. The talent level among those who have brought instruments varies, according to Johnny Boychuk.
“Some of them are pretty good and some of them are just learning,” Boychuk said. “It’s good to have in your room. We have a lot of time on our hands. Just to practice is not a bad thing. Keeps your sanity a little bit.”
I wonder if the guy lucky enough to room with one of these guitar heroes feels the same way?
Monday was the Islanders’ first full day in Toronto since arriving on Sunday and inched closer to Wednesday’s exhibition matchup with the New York Rangers. Both Semyon Varlamov and Thomas Greiss will get playing time on Wednesday, head coach Barry Trotz revealed on Monday.
Who will start Game 1 for the Islanders is still a major question, but there are a few other questions as well that I examined as they prepare for their best-of-five series against the Florida Panthers.
The Florida Panthers also arrived in the bubble on Sunday and had their first practice in Toronto on Monday. Florida was feeling confident in the safety procedure put in place by the NHL. (Florida Hockey Now)
Sidney Crosby was on the ice with the Pittsburg Penguins for their first practice in the quarantine bubble, but it’s unclear if he’ll play in Tuesday’s exhibition contest. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Adrian Dater takes a peek at how the Colorado Avalanche is living inside the Edmonton bubble. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins got one guy back were missing someone else. David Pastrnak returned to the ice, but Zdeno Chara couldn’t practice with the team as he waited for COVID-19 test results. (Boston Hockey Now)
Dylan Gambrell sits down to discuss the 2019-20 season and what he can do to continue his development. (San Jose Hockey Now)
NYHN Daily Links: County Exec Laura Curran Hopeful to Get Islanders Fans in Building
As the New York Islanders got set to host their home-opener amidst an empty Nassau Coliseum, County Exec Laura Curran was not giving up hope of getting fans inside the doors this season. (NYI Hockey Now)
After the beat-down Saturday night, the New York Islanders welcomed the Boston Bruins to town. Although the team struggled on offense, one goal from Pageau was all they needed in the 1-0 victory. (NYI Hockey Now)
In the win, Semyon Varlamov picked up his second shutout in as many tries. He could do no wrong tonight writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)
The logo at center ice on Monday was the same as far as the Islanders crest went, but the words around it were a little different. (Newsday)
Arthur Staple gives his thought on yet another shutout. This time, the good kind. (The Athletic)
The Boston Bruins struggle to score as Isles Varlamov shuts the door. (NHL.com)
After a Visa issue and the United States quarantine laws, Kasperi Kapanen was able to practice with his team for the first time on Monday. He looks forward to getting into a game as soon as possible. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Noah Juulsen joins the Florida Panthers for practice. The young defenseman was taken off waivers by the Florida Panthers. He had to trek from Quebec to Southern Florida (Florida Panthers Now)
NYHN Daily Links: Mistakes Cost Islanders, Breaking Down Sorokin’s Debut
After the 5-0 beatdown by the New York Rangers Saturday night, the New York Islanders had the day off on Sunday. The Islanders were very sloppy in the loss, as their mistakes cost them. Rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin had a rough start to his NHL career. These stories and more on today’s daily links!
After a 4-0 win on Opening Night against the New York Rangers, the Islanders got a taste of their own medicine. Their own mistakes attributed heavily to the loss. (NYI Hockey Now)
Rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin made his National Hockey League debut Saturday night. Despite the poor defense in front of him, he made mistakes of his own. (NYI Hockey Now)
Sorokin’s teammates did not do a good enough job in front of him Saturday night writes Mollie Walker. ‘We hung him out to dry” said head coach Barry Trotz. (New York Post)
Although we are just two games into the season, the Islanders have an opportunity to make a statement when they host the Boston Bruins tonight at 5:00 PM. (Newsday)
Trotz did not mince words after the brutal loss writes Arthur Staple. (The Athletic)
On Saturday afternoon, Islander fans flocked to the Belmont site for exciting giveaways and a chance to see the progress of UBS Arena. (NY Sports Day)
Off the record, the Florida Panthers’ mistakes have rippled the NHL Trade market. (NYI Hockey Now)
After sustaining an upper-body injury in game two of the season, Boston Bruins’ winger Ondrej Kase is doubtful for today’s game against the New York Islanders. (Boston Hockey Now)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Matheson has been placed on Injury Reserve and will be out a while. Did this injury result from a hit in the Philadelphia Flyers game? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers pick up the win in their season opener. After coming so close to losing his iron man streak of 866 games, defenseman Keith Yandle played, and played quite well. (Florida Hockey Now)
A day after coming out victorious on opening night, San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier sat down for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview to discuss his St. Louis death threat, awkward pre-draft meeting, and more. (San Jose Hockey Now)
NYHN Daily Links: Sorokin Speaks to Media, Isles Look to Build Off Last Season’s Playoff Run
We are now only a day away from the New York Islanders facing off against their crosstown rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Following the last day of camp, Ilya Sorokin spoke to reporters for the first time. Barry Trotz stated his plan for getting Sorokin in between the pipes. The Islanders are looking to build upon the conference final run with their returning cast. These stories and more on today’s daily links!
Following Ilya Sorokin’s press conference, it is evident he is a Long Islander at heart given his answers. Even with all the hype around him, the 25-year old goaltender knows he has to earn his playing time. (NYI Hockey Now)
Mollie Walker discusses how the Islanders will be looking to build off their postseason play in her latest. (NY Post)
Sorokin looks to live up to the excitement surrounding him. In Neil Best’s latest, he discusses head coach Barry Trotz’s plan to get Sorokin into a game sooner than later this season. (Newsday)
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz wants the team to forget the previous two seasons. Andrew Gross writes that the bar has been set very high.(Newsday)
Coming into this season, a look at the four biggest questions surrounding the Islanders. (Puck Prose)
There are a lot of things going on ‘Off the Record’ around the NHL. Jimmy Murphy breaks down the rumors surrounding Florida’s Keith Yandle, Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, and more.(NYI Hockey Now)
David Pastrnak (offseason hip surgery) made his first appearance at a Boston Bruins practice. He was in a maroon ‘no-contact’ jersey, but this is a significant step in returning. (Boston Hockey Now)
For the Colorado Avalanche, it is not about winning the Stanley Cup, but about getting close. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins missed a big opportunity by not adding 2019 third-round selection Nathan Legare to their taxi squad. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
While veteran Keith Yandle has been practicing with Group 2 for the Florida Panthers, he will keep showing up, hoping to be in the starting lineup. (Florida Hockey Now)
Given the latest news regarding Evander Kane’s finances, was there a chance he would not suit up for the Sharks this season? Head coach Bob Boughner put that rumor to rest. (San Jose Hockey Now)
If you missed any offseason move, do not worry, as Greg Wyshynski has you covered. (ESPN)
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