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Islanders Links: Lee Leading by Example, Manson Trade, Latest on DeBrusk



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The New York Islanders are back in action Tuesday night as they face the Washington Capitals. The Islanders went 4-2-0 on their latest homestand and their leaders led the way. New York Islanders captain Anders Lee was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week. Islanders forward Kyle Palmieri was robbed by Anaheim Ducks netminder John Gibson which led to a funny interaction.

These stories and more in today’s Islanders Links:

It may be mid-March, but the New York Islanders are finally playing to the level that everyone expected. Their latest six-game homestand saw the Islanders perform to a 4-2-0 record, as they outscored their opponents 24-14 over that span and have won three straight. Certain veterans stepped up, especially in Mathew Barzal’s absence for the first four games and although it may be too late to save the season, these wins still matter. And it starts with the play of New York Islanders captain Anders Lee. (NYI Hockey Now)

On Monday, the National Hockey League announced their three stars of the week. At no. 3, New York Islanders captain Anders Lee. The 31-year old forward scored seven times this past week, registering at least one goal in each of the New York Islanders last four contests. The Islanders are currently on a three-game win streak. (NYI Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders may have had a successful homestand, and Kyle Palmieri may have finished off that homestand with a two-goal performance against his former team in the Anaheim Ducks for his third goal in his last six games. But Anaheim Ducks netminder John Gibson robbed Palmieri of his third goal of the contest Sunday, and it led to a hilarious interaction between the former teammates. (NYI Hockey Now)

Will the Boston Bruins opt to keep disgruntled left winger Jake DeBrusk at the NHL trade deadline, rather than deal him away, with less than a week to go? That’s what Hockey Night in Canada host and 32 Thoughts scribe Elliotte Friedman said he believed was going to happen while doing a TV hit on NHL Network on Monday night. (Boston Hockey Now)

Did you like the changes the Pittsburgh Penguins made to their lineup, line combinations and defensive pairings over the weekend? Hate them? Intrigued by them? Well, you could well get a longer look at the same configurations from Sunday’s 4-2 win over Carolina, at least for Tuesday’s game at Nashville. At practice Monday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the team used the same looks from Sunday. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers would not feel abandoned if captain Claude Giroux waived his no-movement clause to play for a team with a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Fact is, they would be understanding. And supportive. Sean Couturier spoke on Claude Giroux and his impact on his career. (Philly Hockey Now)

For the first time in his NHL career, Mason Marchment will return to his old stomping grounds in San Jose when the Florida Panthers take on the Sharks on Tuesday night. It is a place which holds a lot of memories as he was a youngster when he dad Bryan was a bruising defenseman for the Sharks from 1998-2003. (Florida Hockey Now)

Connor McMichael found himself in familiar yet somewhat unfamiliar territory with the Washington Capitals on Monday, as he returned to the center position for the first time in a long time with Lars Eller in quarantine yet again. Eller entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Monday after testing positive while crossing back over the Canadian border into the United States, per the Capitals. He is still quarantining in Vancouver. It is unclear when he will return. (Washington Hockey Now)

The dominoes began to fall on the NHL trade market for defencemen Monday and that may mean Ben Chiarot has played his last game in a Montreal Canadiens uniform or is close to it. On Monday night, the Arizona Coyotes announced defenceman Jakob Chychrun will miss two to four weeks with a lower-body injury after Derek Forbort of the Boston Bruins hit Chychrun into the boards Saturday night. (Montreal Hockey Now)

Well, remember when we said earlier how the Avalanche weren’t calling anyone up from the minors because of cap space issues? Well, I’m sure Joe Sakic and Jared Bednar already knew they would soon be getting a new player to the team. That player, it turned out, is big, veteran defenseman Josh Manson from the Anaheim Ducks. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks broke the silence of the NHL Trade Market Monday afternoon with a deal that sent Josh Manson to Denver. I like this deal for the Avs, Manson is a solid young defenseman, but I will leave the analysis to Adrian Dater and Colorado Hockey Now. I think what this trade did for a lot of fans, media members, and even players across the league is that it reminded us to look at our calendars. The 2022 NHL Trade Deadline is now less than a week away. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The NHL Trade Deadline is coming! The NHL Trade Deadline is coming! What does that mean for Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks? The latest reports are the San Jose Sharks are trying hard to keep their impending UFA, but there’s still a lot of belief that Hertl will choose to chase the Stanley Cup elsewhere. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Calgary Flames starting netminder Jacob Markstrom got the night off on Sunday. Clearly he’d done enough last week to make his mark. On Monday, he was named the NHL’s second star of the week for posting ridiculous numbers in his three starts. (Calgary Hockey Now)

The outpouring of excitement and support for Arshdeep Bains when he signed an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks three days ago was impressive and entertaining. We thought this would be a good time to recap it all via the player’s and related social media accounts. (Vancouver Hockey Now)




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