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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the New York Islanders breaking ground on their new home at Belmont Park. To say that day was a momentous occasion would be an understatement considering everything the franchise had been through in its quest for a new home.

And considering how the season ended this year, looking back at it you could almost call it an omen for what would be the most significant season the Islanders have had in 27 years.

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“Our fans have been wandering for a while,” Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky said a year ago at the groundbreaking ceremony. “They haven’t had the right type of facility and to have this world-class, state of the art, third-generation arena to call home is something they’re worthy of. We’re so happy as stewards of the franchise that we can deliver that to them.”

Since that day the New York Islanders went on a historic run that included a 17-game point streak early in the season and their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since 1993.

Really, it all started that September afternoon just hours before the Islanders were scheduled to face the Detroit Red Wings in a preseason game at Nassau Coliseum. Since then construction has proceeded at a rapid pace, even with a pause during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year.

The building is still expected to open in time for the 2021-22 season and jaunt down the Cross Island Parkway is a reminder of just how much progress has been made on the New York Islanders future home.

“Today will go down as one of the great days in the history of the New York Islanders,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “This is the day that assures everybody that has anything to do with the Islanders, who cares anything about the Islanders, who is passionate about the Islanders — as Islander fans are — this is the future of this franchise right here on Long Island.”

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We may have a trade, we may not. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers are in a holding pattern over a trade that would send Patric Hornqvist to Florida and Mike Matheson to Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Should Brian Boyle remain a member of the Florida Panthers or should they let the pending UFA walk? George Richards takes an in-depth look to try and find the answer. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche are having the same discussions as everyone else about who should stay and go when it comes to UFAs. Which category does Matt Nieto fit into? (Colorado Hockey Now)

Kevin Miller’s agent wanted everyone to know that his client was “ready to go” following knee surgery. (Boston Hockey Now)

Doug Wilson says the San Jose Sharks have the green light to spend to the cap from ownership. San Jose has roughly $14 million in cap space to fill this upcoming year. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Is Ottawa in play for a potential trade destination for Marc-Andrea Fleury? (Vegas Hockey Now)

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NYHN Daily: Jordan Eberle Scores Twice in Win, Barzal Gets Islanders Top-Line Going

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The New York Islanders hosted the New Jersey Devils tonight, as both teams were coming off close wins against their opponents. Jordan Eberle scores twice as the Islanders beat the Devils by a score of 4-1. After finding himself on the NHL’s COVID list, Josh Bailey would play in the game last night, as he was cleared. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Jordan Eberle had yet to light the lamp this season but buried two goals in the Islanders 4-1 win over New Jersey. The top-six forwards for the Islanders contributed on all four of the goals in what was a strong offensive showing. (NYI Hockey Now

Mat Barzal’s offense abilities were a major factor in the win over New Jersey. After being held off the scoresheet since opening night, he picked up his first multi-point game of the season. (NYI Hockey Now)

After Josh Bailey was not at the Islanders’ practice facility on Wednesday, it was later found out that he had made his way onto the NHL’s COVID list. While it seemed he would not be able to get in the lineup against the Devils, he was cleared in time to play. (NYI Hockey Now)

In the win over the Devils, the Islanders put in a complete effort. The offense came alive, the defense jumped up on the play, and Varlamov continued his strong start to the season writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

With the win, the Islanders hand the Devils their first regulation loss of the season. Varlamov lost his shutout streak, while the top line has a breakout night. (NHL.com)

After leaving the game against the Islanders on Monday, Boston Bruins’ defenseman Matt Grzelyck got hurt in the matchup against the Flyers. But he guts it out, as he picks up an assist in the 5-4 shootout win. (Boston Hockey Now)

Prior to Bo Bryam making his NHL debut last night for the Colorado Avalance, his father, former NHLer Shawn Byram, was rather excited to see his son play. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in troubling waters yet again, as injuries are putting them in a rough spot this early in the season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers have their season on hold due to COVID-19 but are trying to make the most out of the situation. (Florida Hockey Now)

Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Pierre-Luc Dubois requested a trade prior to the beginning of the season while he was in contract negotiations. Even though he is still a member of the team, head coach John Tortorella is limiting his star player’s ice time. As reporters scurried to ask the coach what was happening, he elected to not comment on the matter. (Sportsnet)

Due to the inability to follow COVID-19 protocol, the Washington Capitals have been fined $100,000 and top players Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Kuznetsov, Dimitri Orlov, and Ilya Samsonov will miss the team’s next four games. (ESPN)

Seven NHL coaching staffs are still working for reduced pay amidst this COVID-19 crunch. (TSN.ca)

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NYHN Daily: Andy Greene Gets Set to Face Former Team, Josh Bailey on COVID List

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The New York Islanders (2-1) host the New Jersey Devils (2-1-1) today at 7:00 pm. The LIU Women’s Hockey team is off to a slow start but is in familiar waters. Veteran Andy Greene gets set to face his former team for the first time. Second-line winger Josh Bailey has been added to the COVID list as he was unavailable at practice yesterday. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Josh Bailey was not at practice yesterday. We have found out the reason for that is due to him being placed on the COVID-19 List and will be unable to play in the game later today. (NYI Hockey Now)

New York Islanders’ defenseman Andy Greene played 14 years for the New Jersey Devils before being traded to the Islanders last season. It will be a strange feeling, said Greene. The strangest adjustment was for Greene’s son, who is trying to understand where NJ Devil, the Devils’ mascot, was. (NYI Hockey Now)

The LIU Women’s hockey team is off to an 0-6 start. But they were in this position last year in their inaugural season, in which they finished the year as the division champs. (NYI Hockey Now)

Andy Greene is not the only player facing his former team. The New York Islanders newest netminder, Cory Schneider, faces his former team as well. (Newsday)

Islanders’ defenseman Noah Dobson is playing in his second NHL season. After struggling mightily in the 5-0 loss Saturday to the New York Rangers, he bounced back in a big way in Monday’s win over the Boston Bruins (NY Sportsday)

We are a week into this 56-game NHL season. What have been the most impressive stories thus far? (TSN.com)

Should the NHL do rapid COVID tests? If the Florida Panthers game was not postponed would Keith Yandle still have his Iron Man streak? All these questions and more in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts. (Sportsnet)

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Ian Cole from the Colorado Avalance in exchange for Greg Pateryn. (NHL.com)

With Keith Yandle on the trade block for the Florida Panthers, NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes believes the Boston Bruins should try to acquire the defenseman. (Boston Hockey Now)

After facing the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for breaking COVID protocols. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers were unable to start this season with everyone else due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Now their season is on hold due to the Carolina Hurricanes dealing with the virus. (Florida Hockey Now)

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NYIHN Daily Links: Wahlstrom Could be Offensive Spark Islanders Need & More

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The New York Islanders, after sneaking away with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins, were back on the ice for practice. With the offense struggling to produce Oliver Wahlstrom deserves a chance to see if he can help this issue. This story and more on today’s daily links!

To say the New York Islanders’ offense is struggling may be an understatement. But 20-year old Oliver Wahlstrom could be the spark they need. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders just played their final home-open ever at Nassau Coliseum, without fans. Peter Schwartz, who attended the game, described the empty-feeling. (NY Sportsday)

Islanders’ young defenseman Noah Dobson understands the reason he did not see more minutes last season. In Andrew Gross’s latest, Dobson and head coach Barry Trotz discuss his development.

Despite the many issues facing the Boston Bruins right now, their perfect penalty kill has been a silver lining. (Boston Hockey Now)

In a rather sloppy performance against the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a two-goal deficit twice, before taking the game in overtime. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks this season are a very easy team to play against Nothing that was in the plans has worked out. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Despite trailing in the third, the Florida Panthers come back in Sergei Bobrovsky’s season debut to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Carolina Hurricanes are the latest team to be hit by COVID-19, as there seems to be a flaw in the NHL’s testing procedure. (TSN.com)

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