Will it be the Boston Bruins or the Washington Capitals?
That’s the burning question the Islanders and their fans will find out this afternoon. The Bruins and Capitals will close out the Round Robin playing one another, with the winner securing the third seed and facing the Islanders in the First Round.
The Islanders will be watching the noon faceoff between the two teams with great interest.
In the meantime, the Islanders had a day off yesterday. The team did meet and started to plan out some of its strategy for the First Round. Still, with no known opponent yet it’s a little difficult to do fully.
Since there were no on-ice workouts, Islanders coach Barry Trotz did not have an update on Johnny Boychuk, but did say that the two had spoken and that Boychuk was feeling much better.
The Pittsburgh Penguins season is over, but there is a silver lining from their Game 4 loss. Tristan Jarry showed that he can handle the big stage. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins have struggled through the Round Robin to begin the 2020 postseason. Despite that, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy isn’t worried about his squad. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche will face the Arizona Coyotes in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Adrian Dater believes that matchup works out better for Colorado than if they had to play Chicago. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Rourke Chartier is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. He spoke with Sheng Peng about dealing with concussions over the last 39 months with the San Jose Sharks organization. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Around the Island
The Islanders were refocused when their series with the Florida Panthers began. (Newsday)
More on the waiting game the Islanders are playing while Round Robin games wrap up. (NY Post)
A champion has been crowned in the Islanders ping pong tournament. (NHL.com)
Christian’s Daily Links: Let the Offseason Begin
It took nearly a full calendar year for Stanley Cup Champion to be crowned for the 2019-20 season. The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out the Cup Final on Monday night with a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars to secure the franchise’s second Stanley Cup.
The Tampa Bay victory will bring some Islanders fans some comfort over New York’s Eastern Conference finals loss.
— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) September 29, 2020
With a champion crowned, that means the offseason is officially upon us. The Islanders offseason began a little over a week ago, but now things will kick into high gear. The Islanders have plenty of items to deal with during the offseason from RFAs and UFAs to sign to handling their current cap situation.
On the latest episode of Hockey Night in New York, my co-host Sean Cuthbert and I dissected what the New York Islanders offseason will entail.
New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is scheduled to address the media this afternoon for the first time since their season came to an end earlier this month. Stay tuned for complete coverage of that.
While the Islanders figure out what the 2020-21 team will look like, our friends over at Pittsburgh Hockey Now explore what the Pittsburgh Penguins lines could look like whenever next season starts. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Patrik Laine is an intriguing option for just about every team in the NHL, but how much does it make sense for certain teams? Sheng Peng examines that question for the San Jose Sharks. (San Jose Hockey Now)
We have a trade to announce! The Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights made a trade on Monday. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Around the Island
Is there some light at the end of the tunnel in ending New York’s championship drought? (NY Post)
Radar, the guide dog which the New York Islanders helped groom, has been helping a young swimmer from New York as she trains for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo. (ITK)
Is there a market for a defenseman like Thomas Hickey? (Eyes on Isles)
Christian’s Daily Links: Remembering the Islanders Breaking Ground on Their New Home
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.
“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.”
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)
Christian’s Daily Links: The Islanders-Capitals Series Goes on
The brooms will be put back in the closet.
The New York Islanders failed to come away with the Game 4 victory and the First Round sweep of the Washington Capitals. The Islanders let a two-goal lead slip away on Tuesday night and fell 3-2.
The Islanders also lost Cal Clutterbuck in the loss. He left the game after the second period.
The Boston Bruins could see David Pastrnak in the lineup for Game 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes. (Boston Hockey Now)
Nazem Kadri is trying to move past his playoff reputation during the Colorado Avalanche’s postseason run. (Colorado Hockey now)
What is Jared McCann worth? Dan Kingerski takes a look. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Dale Hawerchuk passed away on Tuesday. Jim Kyte remembers Hawerchuk. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Around the Island
The Islanders need to get back to their style of play. (Newsday)
More on Cal Clutterbuck exiting Game 4 early. (NY Post)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau has had a knack for big game moments. (The Athletic)
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