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New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin).

The New York Islanders are back on the ice Thursday for practice after having the day off on Wednesday as they prepare for a back-to-back against the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes.

We should get an update on the status of defenseman Adam Pelech, who left the Islanders’ 7-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues early in the third period after going head-first into the boards. The latest on Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed) is that he is skating with the team, while Kyle Palmieri (upper-body, IR) is skating on his own.

On Wednesday night, I joined Sean Cuthbert on Hockey Night in New York to discuss the latest news surrounding the Islanders. Have a listen:

Here are the New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:

NYI Hockey Now

On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders not only lost to the St. Louis Blues 7-5 but lost their top-pairing defenseman, Adam Pelech, just over four minutes into the third period. His status is unknown at this time, but he is likely to miss time.  New York Islanders.

With Kieffer Bellows now on the Philadelphia Flyers and Nikita Soshnikov buried in Bridgeport, Ross Johnston slowly but surely became the New York Islanders lone extra forward for a few weeks. But even with the injuries piling up, Johnston’s playing time hasn’t increased. We take a look at the effects of his contract. New York Islanders.

A handful of New York Islanders wingers have gone cold, some never heating up at all so far this season. Can New York survive these struggles and stay in the playoff race, as they currently hold the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference? New York Islanders

Metro Division

Washington Hockey Now: The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers got into a scrum along the boards with eight seconds left in regulation, and it all came out of an exchange between Alex Ovechkin and Travis Konecny after Ovechkin’s second empty-netter of the night. Washington Capitals.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Something was broken with the Penguins in late October and a few weeks in November. Yet, as the 2022-23 Pittsburgh Penguins’ fortress appeared to be crumbling in November, and no one seemed to have any real answers, Hextall kept his powder dry. His inaction was as correct as it was inexplicable. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Philly Hockey Now: The Philadelphia Flyers finished 2-3 on their second-longest homestand of the season, which ended Wednesday with a closer-than-it-looks 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals. “We just struggle generating offense. It’s a problem here,” coach John Tortorella said. Here are five quick observations. Philadelphia Flyers.

Atlantic Division

NHL: In the Buffalo Sabres’ 9-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the son of Bridgeport Islanders head coach Brent Thompson, Tage Thompson, scored five goals, with his fifth the second-hardest shot in the NHL this season at 101.7 mph. NHL

Florida Hockey Now: According to a report from Finnish news source IS, Florida Panthers captain Sasha Barkov has been away from the team due to a long bout with pneumonia. Barkov had been skating on his own the past few days and is expected to be back in the lineup Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. He has missed the past six games and seven overall due to illness. Florida Panthers.

Detroit Hockey Now: On paper, the value of the fourth line of the Detroit Red Wings is apparent. The trio of Joe Veleno, Jonatan Berggren, and Austin Czarnik has scored a goal in each of Detroit’s two victories to launch the club’s current four-game road trip. Detroit Red Wings.

Montreal Hockey Now: With the World Junior Championship on the horizon, not to mention the upcoming holiday roster freeze, the Canadiens are quickly approaching a soft deadline when it comes to first-overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky. Montreal Canadiens.

Boston Hockey Now: Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins’ 4-0 win over the undermanned Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on Wednesday night at the start of their three-game road swing out west. Boston Bruins.

Central Division

Vegas Hockey Now: Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who has been away from the team since their loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 26 due to a personal matter, will be away from the team indefinitely.  The Golden Knights released a statement on Wednesday clarifying the defenseman’s absence.  Vegas Golden Knights.

Dallas Hockey Now: The Stars started this season with absolute domination on both ends of the rink. But over the last few weeks, they have come a bit more down to earth. Despite picking up points in 10 of the last 12 games, Stars Head Coach Pete DeBoer has seen some habits that he doesn’t like. Dallas Stars,

Pacific Division

San Jose Hockey Now: The San Jose Sharks are back at SAP Center, hosting the Vancouver Canucks. Nick Bonino got the Sharks on the board in the first minute, then Timo Meier, Logan Couture, Jonah Gadjovich, and Kevin Labanc scored, but the Sharks dropped a 6-5 OT thriller. San Jose Sharks.

Los Angeles Hockey Now: Two goals in just over two minutes and four goals in the first period is about as good a start as you can hope for. And the Los Angeles Kings held onto that early lead to beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Los Angeles Kings.

 

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