The New York Islanders are back in action Thursday as they take on Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton. It’s a 9 PM ET start so conserve your energy today. It’s also a first of a back-to-back as the Islanders face the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Here are the New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI HOCKEY NOW
Despite two goals in five games, New York Islanders top prospect Aatu Räty is being sheltered on the fourth line. Here’s why: New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders are seeing a strong goaltending bond at each level of the organization: New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders lit the lamp six times on Tuesday night in their eventual 6-2 beat down of the Vancouver Canucks. Five of the six goals the Islanders deposited behind netminder Spencer Martin were phenomenal goals, and you will see a theme on the shot placement throughout this mini highlight reel. New York Islanders.
Do you remember the Islanders bar Offside Tavern? Well, it’s coming back better than ever. New York Islanders.
The feel around the NHL is that the Boston Bruins will be all in for Patrice Bergeron at or before the NHL trade Deadline. Could the New Jersey Devils Add Another Hughes? New York Islanders.
As the Islanders search for a high-caliber player to bring in, San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier could be an option: New York Islanders.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Washington Hockey Now: After a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, it was time for a meeting, one to determine the next steps and lay the foundation for a plan to save the season. That team meeting in December led to their turnaround: Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Speaking of the Pittsburgh Penguins, they are in Las Vegas and hoping they don’t roll a six-game winless streak against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight. They’ll be up against it without goalie Tristan Jarry, who was injured in the Winter Classic on Monday: Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philly Hockey Now: Flyers prospect and USA Hockey forward Cutter Gauthier lost to Hockey Canada 6-2 in the semifinals of the U20 World Junior Hockey Championships: Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston Hockey Now: Jake DeBrusk was the Winter Classic hero for the Boston Bruins, but he may have injured himself in the process: Boston Bruins.
Montreal Hockey Now: Veteran defenceman Joel Edmundson could end up fetching a very healthy health return for the Canadiens at the trade deadline. Montreal Canadiens.
Detroit Hockey Now: Due to a $5.25 million average annual value, every team passed on talented forward Jakub Vrana, who was placed on waivers by the Red Wings on Tuesday Detroit Red Wings.
Vegas Hockey Now: The Vegas Golden Knights will begin a seven-game, 22-day homestand tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is by far their longest homestand of the season and will take them through the majority of the month of January. This gives the VGK several opportunities to not only establish themselves on home ice but get healthy: Vegas Golden Knights.
Colorado Hockey Now: The loss of Josh Manson took the bite out of the Avalanche defense. Their most physical defender now out for an extended period of time, the Avalanche needed an intimidator on the back end who could also play real minutes. That meant a second chance for Andreas Englund: Colorado Avalanche.
San Jose Hockey Now: Ryan Merkley has requested a trade from the San Jose Sharks – what was John McCarthy and David Quinn’s reaction? San Jose Sharks.