Today is Thursday which means that the New York Islanders kick off their 2022-23 NHL season against the Florida Panthers. The players have put in the work all summer, all training camp, and all preseason long, and now the Islanders must get to work and prove that last season’s debacle was merely a fluke and that this team has what it takes to make it to a Stanley Cup Final.
It will be a grueling season for the New York Islanders, but if they can play the more aggressive system under Lane Lambert while also playing to their defensive strength, they should be able to get the job done after 82 games.
The journey starts at 7:30 PM tonight.
Here are your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI Hockey Now: On Wednesday, former New York Islanders defenseman Andy Greene signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils as he announced his retirement from the NHL after a 17-year career.New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: Can the revamped, aggressive system under Lane Lambert help kickstart the offensive game for top-pairing defenseman Ryan Pulock? New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: The 2021-22 season was supposed to be the season the Islanders proved that the back-to-back semi-final finishes were no fluke and that this group can have success. Well, with what transpired last season, the 2022-23 season becomes the ultimate prove-it year. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: A few players on the team have that offensive mindset, most notably Mathew Barzal. But there’s another player whose skills complement the systematic adjustments, and that’s 23-year-old defenseman Robin Salo, who is getting set to embark on his first season as an NHL regular as the Islanders’ sixth defenseman. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: When asked on Monday who I thought was going to have a breakout season for the New York Islanders, the first person that came to mind was 24-year-old Kieffer Bellows. But there is another player that needs to have his best season as a member of the Islanders, and that’s 31-year-old and second-year Islander Kyle Palmieri. New York Islanders.
Boston Hockey Now: Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk was forced to leave the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals after the second period. Just 3:30 into the middle frame, DeBrusk was digging for the puck in the corner to the left of Capitals goalie Darcy Kuemper. Capitals defenseman Erik Gustafsson pushed DeBrusk from behind, and the Boston Bruins winger fell awkwardly into the boards. Boston Bruins.
Washington Hockey Now: Looking back at his Washington Capitals debut, Darcy Kuemper said that things didn’t go exactly the way he envisioned. As his former club was preparing to raise its Stanley Cup banner, Kuemper saw his share of struggles in his first official game in D.C., surrendering four goals on 30 shots (.866 save percentage) in a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins Washington Capitals.
Florida Hockey Now: The Florida Panthers are the latest team to include advertising on their jerseys, signing South Florida-based auto magnate AutoNation to a three-year deal. AutoNation, which was founded by original Panthers owner H. Wayne Huizenga, will have their patch on road jerseys starting Thursday on Long Island. Florida Panthers.
Montreal Hockey Now: The Montreal Canadiens opened their season with a hard-fought 4-3 against their historical rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the epitome of a great game, but more on that later. Montreal Canadiens.
Detroit Hockey Now: Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde can’t emphasis one factor enough. He likes it on top. When it comes to the type of hockey that makes the Red Wings coach absolutely fall in love with his team, staying on top is where it all starts. Detroit Red Wings.
Vegas Hockey Now: With the 2022-23 NHL season underway, it is only a matter of time before we get the next batch of reverse retro jerseys. All teams are confirmed to be getting new designs, even the VGK and Kraken. Ali Murji, who leaked the Golden Knight’s reverse retro jerseys back in September, shared an updated mockup of the Golden Knight’s potential new jerseys. Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: “They want me to play a lot of minutes and be that guy.” In William Eklund’s own words, that’s why the San Jose Sharks sent him down. San Jose Sharks.
Calgary Hockey Now: The answer, according to Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter, is very simple. Questions about who will be named the next captain of the franchise continued this week with the team’s home opener around the corner. They can stop now. “There’s no need to name one,” Sutter said on Tuesday. “There’s not a clear-cut one.” Calgary Flames.
Dallas Hockey Now: When Head Coach Pete DeBoer was asked about his potential leadership group during training camp, he said he had started to have conversations with a few players. Now with one day left before the season opener, those conversations are still ongoing. Dallas Stars.